How many of you devote some of your sewing time to sewing for others who are in need? This is something that was instilled in me by my mom who was also my Girl Scout leader and now our local sewing group president. In those roles she continues to spend a good part of her time sewing for others. I just heard from Jennifer Stern of J Stern Designs and she also has this spark of giving in her too. So, let me tell you about these two women and their current charity sewing projects you can jump in on if you are inspired to do so. Jennifer is offering thank you gifts, and I am offering entries to win a beautiful gift box of patterns, fabrics, and a little surprise!
Charity Project #1
Jennifer, J Stern Designs has designed a free pattern to share with you to make a quickly sewn fleece hat for those who need them most. She has a generous offer if you want to take her challenge to help her deliver these wonderful gifts. Here is an excerpt with the highlights of Jennifer's post:
Hats for Hope: A fun fleece hat project that will warm your heart & someone else's head! - J Stern Designs
"I got to work and made a few of the fleece hats. As I sewed along, I thought to myself, maybe some of my sewing friends might want to help too… If you’d like to make a hat, get your free fleece hat pattern and check out the steps below. To thank you for helping out, send me the hat (fleece or knitted) and your email address, and I’ll send you a coupon code for a free PDF pattern of your choice in my shop.
"My address is 91 Alton Street, Manchester, CT 06042. I will bring every hat that I receive to Jacki, so she can give them to those who need a hat to keep their heads warm".
You can read her full post here, which includes step by step illustrations of the free fleece hat pattern construction. I'll be making some and sending them, and I hope you will too! When you send yours, be sure to post your photos! #charitysewingchallenge
Charity Project #2
As mentioned, my mom Darlene Sperber has always instilled in those around her the drive to do charity sewing for those in need. Darlene is now the president of our local sewing group, Florida Sewing Sew-ciety's Fleming Island Chapter, and one of the first things she initiated was our charity sewing activities. Our charity sewing is coordinated by Karen Jones and in the first year we have sewn many projects from stuffies for first responders to walker bags and breast cancer comfort pillows. Right now we are making mini Christmas stockings for little gifts for seniors. This is a free pattern by Jennifer Maker and available from the Cool Stitches' library.
You don't have to send any of these, but your charity project challenge is to take this inspiration and discover your charity sewing project. Sew up something and post your project results with your selected charity on social media by December 25th, 2020. Tag @cool_stitches on Instagram and use the hashtag #charitysewingchallenge. We will draw one random entry with this hashtag for a wonderful sewing gift basket full of patterns and fabric.
I hope this charity sewing challenge provides you with an adrenaline rush due to the challenge, a warmed heart for the goodness you are doing, and a new or renewed inspiration to add charity sewing to your days. I can't wait to see what you come up with and who you find to support with your time and talent. I love our sewing circles, don't you?