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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Ashley Drawstring Pouch & The Anna Pouch

Including:

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ScanNCut Design

Download the Flower ScanNcut Design (.svg) and resize to fit your bag project.

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How long do I have to create this project?

This sewalong will run from 1 – 31st March 2019. However, you can continue to donate all year round.

Things to remember

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.

Sending in your donations

These bags can be posted to any of the Echidna stores or you can send them directly to:

Mish-elle Korn
PO Box 8371
Armadale
Vic, 3143

Be sure to include your name, postal address and contact details with your donation.

Sewalong Badge

If you have your own sewing/embroidery blog you can save the following badges and post it on your blog entry, linking back to this page.

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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.

Download the Free Craftsy Sewing Patterns

How long do I have to create this project?

This sewalong will run from 1 – 28th February 2019. However, you can continue to donate all year round.

Things to remember

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.

Sending in your donations

These toys can be posted to any of the Echidna stores or you can send them directly to:

Little Stars Kids
Lobby 1, Level 2
76 Skyring Terrace
Newstead QLD 4006

Be sure to include your name, postal address and contact details with your donation.

Sewalong Badge

If you have your own sewing/embroidery blog you can save the following badges and post it on your blog entry, linking back to this page.

More information

Customize a kids hooded bath towel

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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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Charity Sewalong – January 2019

Dymocks Children’s Charity

monster-library-bag-1.jpgDymocks Children’s Charities supports early literacy in Australia by providing new books to children in low social economic and disadvantaged areas. The charity delivers programs that target students, primary school libraries and pre-school/ community centres. Most projects involve restocking school libraries where there is insufficient school funding for books, or following natural disasters in a particular area. Dymocks Children’s Charities pairs with sponsors to place a catalogue of quality titles to choose from in selected schools in these regions, so that they can get the books that they really want and need.

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This month we are asking you to create a Children’s Monster Library Bag to help Dymocks fundraise for their Annual Gala event, where they’re hoping to raise $325,000, which will go towards funding new books for these children. Continue reading

Free Christmas Stocking Sewing Tutorial

stocking-02.jpgChristmas is just around the corner so best get out those festive sewing, embroidery and crafting projects! This tutorial will show you how to stitch up a simple, beginner sewing Christmas Stocking to hang near your Christmas tree. Plus, customise it so that each member of your family has something unique, including your pets!

What you will need

  • Sewing machine
  • Fat Quarters: 2 x stocking, 2 x lining and 2 x stocking flap. Total of 6 fat quarters.
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors

Optional to decorate

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Charity Sewalong: November 2018

Aussie Helpers

No one wants to admit things are tough, and farmers are some of the proudest people in Australia.  But sometimes they need our help, especially before it’s too late.  Aussie Helpers stays in touch with 100’s of farming families to ensure their well being and survival through good and bad times.

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This month we are asking you to create a tote bag with an outback theme for both men and women. They will use these bags to include food, personal items, pamper packs and other essential items that will help Aussie families through this tough drought period.

Sewalong

Decorate your tote bag with embroidery, trims, applique or fun outback themed fabric for either men or women.

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