Charity Sewalong – August 2019

Childhood Cancer Support

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Childhood Cancer Support is a children’s cancer charity with practical, hands-on support for the Queensland paediatric oncology community. They provide family support, home away from home accommodation and transport services to children with cancer, and their families from regional, rural and remote locations.

Talk like a Pirate Day is a nationally recognised major fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Support. While dressed up in your best pirate costume, funds are raised for the Childhood Cancer Support charity to go towards their support for their patients and families. 

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 this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.

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For this month’s sewalong, we’re going to contribute to Childhood Cancer Support and their Talk like a Pirate Day by creating pirate bandanas for the kids to wear. 

We have sewn these bandanas in a few different ways. We have created them using a whole square method, patchwork method and also added an extra touch with some embellishment using the ScanNCut or applique.

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Charity Sewalong – July 2019

ORANGE SKY Australia

Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for those experiencing homelessness. They provide a platform for every day Australians, where they can connect through a regular laundry and shower service.

Orange Sky not only give those who suffer homelessness an opportunity to wash and dry their clothes, but also to positively connect with the thousands of volunteers. The genuine and non-judgemental conversation made through this incredible service has a big influence on their lives. The community at Orange Sky is made up of people who treat others how they want to be treated.

With 29 services across Australia, Orange Sky are determined to challenge the perception of homelessness. In this month’s charity sewalong, you can become a part of their movement and create laundry bags which will be donated to those that are homeless.

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 this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.

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For this month’s Sewalong, we are asking you to create a laundry bag for homeless people to carry their clothes in. 

We have created a reconstructed denim bag made from denim jeans or you can create a fabric laundry bag. Plus, we’ve added an extra touch to these bags by adding appliqued words that are relevant to the message of Orange Sky.

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Charity Sewalong – June 2019

The Mary Potter Foundation Inc

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The Mary Potter Foundation carry a mission and strong belief that caring for people at the end of their lives is an honour and privilege. They share an environment of compassion and love, and aim to provide the best care that one could experience.

As one of the most important and highly regarded providers of in-patient palliative and end of life care, they are committed to raising funds and awareness. We believe in The Mary Potter Foundation cause and want to help in any way we can.

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 this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.

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For this month’s Sewalong, we are asking you to stitch  a “Fly Away Bird”. These are hung on the patient’s door in the hospice so the team and volunteers know the family would like some privacy.

The Mary Potter Foundation have kindly provided the pattern of the birds and instructions to complete. To make ours, we used 2 x 10” squares for the bird body and 4 x 5” squares for the bird wings.

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Charity Sewalong – May 2019

Girls Time Out Young Women’s Support Service Inc

GTO-logo-smallGirls Time Out Young Women’s Support Service Inc provides a range of programs and support to women that are homeless, living in rough conditions, pregnant or need help with day to day living. They are committed to responding and attending to the needs of young women in their community that require this support, to help their growth and human potential.

Their mission is for these women to live in an equitable and culturally welcoming society. To ensure that they are empowered and valued, experience respect and support and have access to human necessities such as education, affordable housing and peer/parenting support.

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 this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.

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easycosmeticsbag_aiid1843727For this month’s charity, we are asking you to have a go at sewing a cosmetics bag which will be gifted to the young women participating in the programs at GTO Young Women’s Support Service Inc.

We have selected a beginners pattern of a cosmetic bag from bluprint (formerly known as Craftsy) for this project. The project can be downloaded for free if you are a bluprint member and is a great project to introduce beginners to some of the many techniques as they include well-written instructions as well as a YouTube video that is easy to follow and should allow you to achieve a great result!

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Charity Sewalong – April 2019

Wildcare Australia Inc

Wildcare Australia Inc is a non-profit organisation situated in South-east Queensland (from NSW border to Fraser Coast). It was originally formed as the Australian Koala Hospital Association. In 1994, it became an Incorporated Association and registered charity.

The mission and aim of Wildcare Australia Inc is to rescue and care for sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the intention of returning them to the wild. On top of this, they promote the protection of wildlife by maintaining and re-establishing habitats and advising the community on solutions to wildlife problems.

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The term ‘joey’ refers to the young of any marsupial such as baby possums, gliders, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and bandicoots!

For this month’s charity we are asking you to create and sew pouches that will be used for orphaned joeys to create a warm and secure space in which the joey will live until it is old enough (…and brave enough!) to start to venture out.

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Each joey will need at least 30 pouches whilst it is in care as they are changed regularly.


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Charity Sewalong – March 2019

Impact

women-jumping-silhouetteImpact is a 100% volunteer charity committed to making a difference to women and children fleeing from home due to extreme violence. Having started as an ovum of an idea in March 2006, a small group of friends sourced donations to pack 100 hampers which were distributed to a few metropolitan refugees supporting victims of family violence. Twelve years later, volunteers of all ages, religious and cultural backgrounds come together twice a year to pack more than 1000 hampers or ‘Bags of Love’ as they now call them, to women in metropolitan Melbourne.

For this month’s charity we are asking you to create and sew a Bag of Love, which Impact can pack and use to distribute to these domestic violence victims.

Sewalong Brief

We challenge you to create a small laundry, bathroom or tote bag around 25cm x 30cm width. All styles, sizes and designs will be accepted.

This is the perfect project to challenge yourself to learn how to sew and decorate with zips, pockets, lace, embroidery, quilting and much more. Plus, if you’re a member of Bluprint (Craftsy) you can download a number of free sewing patterns which are ideal for this sewalong.

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Charity Sewalong – February 2019

Little Stars Kids

Little Stars Kids mission is to bring healing, happiness, fun, laughter and hope to the lives of children throughout Queensland who have experienced abuse and neglect. They are the only charity in Australia who has a camp program designed for children living in long term foster care aged 4-10.

Little Star Kids provides Cuddle Cases filled with new essential items like a quilts, pillows, hygiene kits, drink bottles, crayons and much more. This month, we are asking all sewing enthusiasts to get involved and create a special plush toy that can be included in these Cuddle Cases.

Sewalong Brief

Craftsy (now known as Blueprint) has a number of free adorable sewing patterns available for download. Including Fox/Cat/Dog/Wolf, Narwhal Whale, Bat, Koi Fish, Dolphin and Elephant! If you’re new to sewing, these are the perfect beginner project, as they include well-written instructions and step-by-step photos.

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