Charity Sewing: August 2018

Comfort Quilts Against Cancer

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Comfort Quilts against Cancer is a not-for-profit organisation whose members embroider and patchwork colourful quilts for cancer patients in all areas of Australia. Cancer touches people in many ways, whether it be personally, through a family member, workmate or even a neighbour.

Their aim is to assist as many cancer patients in Australia they can by offering hand-made quilts. These quilts can go to men, woman and children of all ages.

This sewalong we are asking you to create a quilt of any theme or size. Alternatively, you could create 12 quilted or embroidered squares which they can use to quilt for you. Whichever you would like to create to get involved will help out their cause.

A heartfelt comment received by Comfort Quilts Against Cancer:

“Hi Bronwyn, Very rarely in my life have I been lost for words but yesterday when your gift arrived I was speechless! I must admit that I feel a little guilty at the moment as I am lucky enough to still be feeling well right now, but I am also very grateful. Please pass on my thanks to the lovely ladies that work so hard making these quilts, scarves and beanies for people suffering with cancer.”

Sewalong Brief

Quilt or Embroider

  • Quilt, sew or embroider a finished quilt of any theme or size.
  • Or quilt or embroider 12 squares either  8”, 10” or 12” wide with the same theme. These can be sewn up by Comfort Quilts Against Cancer.

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Scrap Material – Baby Sewing Projects

adorable-baby-beautiful-265987.jpgIf you’re like me and you tend to buy more material than you need for a project, then you’ll most likely end up with a fair amount of scrap material lying around. Instead of allowing this to accumulate in the bottom of your draw, why not check out these nifty little baby projects, which are perfect for these bits of material!

Cloth Baby Shoes by Making it Fun

These little baby booties are adorable, quick and easy to make. They are perfect for your own babies, gifts or baby shower ideas. Create them with a range of different fabrics, including 100% cotton, linen, cotton blends, denim and much more.

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Hint: For toddlers, you can also apply some plastic dots to the bottom to make them non-slip.

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Charity Sewalong: July 2018

adorable-animal-bulldog.jpgThe Animal Welfare League (AWL) is a national non-profit organisation caring for companion animals across Australia.

AWL works with local councils, state government, rescue groups and the community to improve the outcomes of stray and surrendered pets. They are nationally recognised for their unique and innovative programs, initiatives and re-homing strategies.

In this month’s sewalong we are asking you to stitch, embroider or design your most creative dog or cat bandana, which the AWL can give away with new adopted pets or sell in their stores to raise money for much-needed supplies.

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Sewalong Brief

Get creative by embroidering, appliqueing or decorating your dog or cat bandannas with sewing trims like the one below.

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Create a Sewing Machine Reference Guide

If you’re a new or regular sewing/embroidery machine user one of the best things you can do to enhance your sewing projects is to create a sewing machine reference guide booklet. It’s simple, easy and will teach you all about your machine.

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Creating a sewing machine reference guide will show you in detail what your machine is capable of and enable you to make a better use of your machine stitches and settings. Even if you’ve owned a machine for years, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what this booklet will teach you about your machine. Plus, it makes it super easy to reference when creating those beautiful sewing projects.

What you need to create your booklet

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Charity sewalong: June 2018

Magic Moments – Grandies

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Grandies was born to put a smile on the faces of a group of people often forgotten by society. This program reaches across Australia, focusing on the elderly, the grandmas and grandpas who may either be at home alone or in hostels or nursing homes with no family nearby to support them. Their teams of volunteers take time out of their busy schedules to give time back to these Grand Oldies (Grandies) to make them feel cared for, honoured and valued as important members of our community.

Sewalong brief

We would like to support Grandies by creating knit beanies and mittens, which will provide comfort and warmth this winter to a number of elderly men and women Australia-wide.

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If you would like to get involved simply download the free sewing patterns below.

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Create a ‘shabby chic’ apron

This project will teach you how to decorate an apron using lace, fabric, your machine decorative stitches and applique techniques.

To create this project you can use any style sewing machine. I have used a Brother NV110 sewing machine.

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What you will need

Apron

You can sew your own basic apron using the pattern from our May Charity Sewalong. I have purchased this apron from a Daiso Japanese store for only $2.80. You may also be able to find aprons like this from $2 stores across Australia.

Materials

  • Download the Applique Shape Patterns (PDF, 400KB)
  • Hot Melt Web for the applique
  • Range of matching fat quarters for the applique
  • Lace style 1 – 2 x width (plus 2 inches) of the bottom of your apron and 1 x the top width (plus 2 inches).
  • Lace style 2 – 1 x width (plus 2 inches) of the top of your apron and 1 x the width of the pocket (plus 2 inches)
  • Lace style 3 – 1 x width of your pocket (plus 2 inches)
  • Fabric – 6 inches x (2 x width (plus 2 inches) of the bottom of your apron and 1 x the top width (plus 2 inches))

How to create your apron

First you need to get together all of your fabric, lace and applique pieces. Start cutting out your applique shapes from the fat quarters. You can choose any colours for these applique shapes but I would suggest you choose a white fabric for the circle and then style your cupcake shapes differently.

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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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