September Charity Sewalong

Sunshine Coast University Hospital Queensland

Sunshine-Coast-HospitalThis month’s Sewalong is for Sunshine Coast University Hospital Queensland, who offer a range of free public healthcare services, supported by highly trained and specialised staff.

They are seeking our help to create a hospital gown kit for children and teenagers who have to go into theatre for a range of different medical procedures and scans. At present these children are wearing adult gowns that are far too large for them. With hospital visits already being a very daunting and scary process, the hospital thought it would be beneficial for the kids to have colourful, personalised gowns to wear at these appointments, which they can then take home for future appointments and scans.

Plus, thanks to Lindee Goodall, you can embroider a very special seahorse embroidery design onto your drawstring bag or gown.

SEWALONG BRIEF

Children’s Hospital Kit

Create this hospital gown kit for children and teens to take to their appointments and scans. It includes a hospital gown, drawstring bag and smaller pouch or bag to put personal items.

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Cupcake Charity Apron

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By Leanne Church

I love to be creative with all of my projects and it’s even better when I learn new techniques along the way. I find that challenging myself and adding something unique adds more interest to my projects.

So, with this month’s Brother charity apron I thought I would share some techniques that you can utilize for many different projects.

Not only do I love sewing gadgets, I also love accessories, especially feet and attachments. So this tutorial will show how to combine two embroidery designs and how to add ruffles, gathers and finish the edges of your garments to add a bit of creative flair!

I love to cook and always wear an apron, so having this challenge was an excuse to make one for charity and one for myself. Plus, when you’re in the kitchen it sometimes feels like a chore, so why not feel pretty while you’re doing it!

Pattern

There are some really great free patterns on craftsy.com. It won’t matter what pattern you choose because you can apply these techniques to any pattern you come across, not just aprons.

I paid for the Options Apron Project by Modern Vintage Designs, which is totally me – vintage and classic. This designer has some really beautiful apron projects if you’re interested in purchasing one of your own.

I followed the excellent pattern instructions which even included a shortcut sheet, which helped a lot. Aprons are great excuse to dig into your fabric stash. Plus, adding embroidery means that your apron will be fun, colourful and unique!

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Kids or Pet Applique Pillows

Create these cute, fun and easy pillows for your child or pet! They come in either dog, fox or bunny and take very little time to make.  Plus, if you’re an embroiderer check out this free bunny embroidery design to match the bunny pillow.

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 Patterns

When printing unselect ‘print to scale’. Use the test square to check the correct sizing.

Materials Needed

  • 110cm x 90cm fleece for the pillow. The final pillow size is approximately 50cm x 40cm
  • Mixture of felt or fleece colours for the face
  • Stuffing or bean bag fill (you can buy this in a large bag)
  • Thread colours to match the felt fabric
  • Hot Melt Web

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ScanNCut Project – Personalise a Mug!

Project by Michelle

One of the things I really love about my Brother ScanNCut is the ability to create something unique for family and friends for birthdays and celebrations. So when my best friend’s birthday came up last month, I decided to make something special just for her.

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This is a very affordable and easy gift, which you can personalise to suit your special occasion. Plus, because it’s created from sticker stock, you can stick it to a number of household items including coffee mugs, water bottles, glassware, homeware, electronics and much more!

Follow these simple instruction to create your personalised gift today!

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March – Charity Sewalong

Life’s Little Treasures

Robbie-with-LLTF-logo easter.jpgThe Life’s Little Treasures Foundation is Australia’s foremost charity dedicated to providing support, friendship and information, specifically tailored for families of children born premature or sick.

Having a child that is sick or premature can be a very traumatic roller-coaster ride and this wonderful foundation strives to give families the support and assistance they need.

Donate to Life’s Little Treasures Easter Event!

Life’s Little Treasures is holding an Easter event on the 3rd of April, 2017 for families who are desperately wanting to take home their sick or premature babies. This is why we are asking for donations including an Easter bunny toy or Easter themed baby bib to gift to these families.

If you would like to be involved, Life’s Little Treasures will require these donations by the 1st April, 2017. This means shipping to Life’s Little Treasures yourself, or dropping off your donations to Echidna Sewing no later than Wednesday, 23rd March.

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Kids Toy or Lego Bag Project

by Erin W

The first project I have created for the Koala Kids Foundation – Charity Sewalong is this free, easy to make kids toy or Lego bag, by Toni at Make it perfect. The photo instructions were very clear and simple to follow. I managed to cut out and stitch this project in less than an hour.

In addition, I have also embroidered the full-colour Koala Kids Foundation smiley mouth embroidery design and appliqued it onto the bag itself. You can choose either the coloured logo or an outlined logo if you want to do the same. If you’re interested in getting involved in our monthly Echidna charity sewalong, you can find out more about this months sewing brief on our February Charity Sewalong post.

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This is the perfect bag for children to fit their toys, Lego, blankets or overnight goodies to take to Grandma’s. As you can see there are two drawstrings, which allow you to enclose all of the toys inside, plus it then folds out to create a play mat for your child to sit on.

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Sewing For Charity – January Sewalong

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Our first Echidna sew along is for Aussie Hero Quilts – A blog dedicated to encouraging people to make quilts and laundry bags for Aussie service men and women currently serving overseas and to express our gratitude for their service.

We care about the people – not the politics or the mission. Our quilts are not works of art, but works of the heart.”

Sew Along Brief

  • January Sewalong will run from Jan 1st – Jan 31st.
  • We are asking you to create a laundry bag (download the pattern & instructions)
  • The colours, material and design will need to be themed appropriately for MEN only. (This is due to Aussie Heroes currently running low in men’s themed laundry bags)
  • These bags need to be unique so the service men can quickly find and locate their laundry bags. Therefore we ask you decorate them appropriately by sewing, quilting, embroidering, applique or with Flex/Flock transfers using your ScanNCut machine.

Things to remember

These sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing or embroidering then don’t despair. This is a  great chance for you to get involved and have fun not matter what the outcome.

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