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.


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.


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.

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


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Sew & Embroider a Travel Head Pillow

We’ve taken a simple Blue Print travel pillow sewing pattern and made it unique by styling it with some cute embroidered eyes and finishing it with a gathered ruffle edge. Not only is this project pattern free when you sign up to Blue Print, it’s perfect for beginner sewers/embroiderers who are starting on their journey.

Embroidery Design: Urban Threads – Monster Factory Flirty Eyes
Sewing Pattern: Blue Print (Craftsy) free travel pillow sewing pattern
Level: Beginner


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Charity Sewalong – March 2019


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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Customize a kids hooded bath towel


There are some really great patterns out there to create your child the perfect bathrobe or hooded towel to use at home or at the beach. This is an ideal project to introduce you to embroidering on towelling fabric. You can decorate the garment with some cute sea life embroidery designs or something that your child enjoys, such as the Disney embroidery designs which you will find on the Brother Disney Embroidery machines.

Tips for embroidering on Towel

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