Friday, January 30, 2015

#SewToShare - Personal Progress: January

Our home has been raided with illness this month, still dealing with my youngest little fella battling a yucky tummy bug. :( 
Nonetheless, we are chugging through.....and mama has thankfully still gotten a least a bit of sewing time in!

Today I had the privilege of delivering 27 soft & cozy blankets to our Children's Hospital NICU for their Blanket Angel Project
 Most all of these sweet blankets were made using remnants or "bits" sent by our friends at Binkeez for Comfort. The fabrics are all super soft and cuddly for the babies. 

I was also able to drop 2 boxes full of comfort & hygiene bags to our local foster closet. I've been scouring the after Christmas clearance sales and have found a BUNCH of great items to use for this!!!

Lastly, I've been working on a HUGE stack of Teeny Tears Bereavement Diapers. I intend to fill a bushel basket before pausing to pin and wrap these tiny bundles. Then I will be approaching some new hospitals in my area in hopes of providing these tiny gifts for their grieving families.

I even finished near 30 pairs of lounge pants that I had started before Christmas, including a few for myself! :) I love wearing these!!!! I was so excited about the fabric prints I found!

So really, a decent amount of sewing after all for January!
How about you? Any special #SewToShare projects you finished this month? Would love to read about it if so, so please feel free to leave a link in your comments. 

Bring on February!!! :) 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Good Word Wednesday

What opportunities might you have this week to speak HOPE, LOVE & LIFE to those around you?

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 - #SewToShare

Finally, I get to share my plans for 2015 with you!
I've been pondering what would be best for my Hopeful Threads outreach for months now. How can I use my love of sewing most efficiently to help those I'm given the opportunity to? Like each of you, I only have so many hours in the day and a variety of priorities to divide my time among. 

One thing that has become more and more clear to me, are the growing needs I can sew for within my own community. In addition to the local opportunities, I also have connections to a couple of international organizations doing some incredible work for children and their families, that I love having the privilege to sew for any chance I get! 

So....instead of monthly or quarterly projects, I'm going to be focusing on sewing a variety of items, on-going throughout the year, to better concentrate on filling the needs I already know exist. Here's a few ideas I have....

The FLUFF Project - This is my heart, my #1 charitable sewing priority, to continue to provide stuffed friends for children in foster care. I truly love doing this! Having delivered more than 1,000 stuffed friends to date, with your help, I would love nothing more than to double that number in the coming year and WELCOME your participation in anyway you'd choose!
Learn More HERE.
Children's Hospital - I'm delighted to have made a personal contact within our local Children's Hospital, specifically in our NICU. When delivering donations this past year, she and I had the chance to talk more about the specific needs they have year round. One item that they never seem to have enough of are receiving blankets, so I intend to try and help regularly contribute to their supply. Additionally, I hope to be able to sew other gifts, like pillowcases, for the main hospital to distribute.

Teeny Tears Bereavement Diaper Gifts - I introduced this special organization to you all back in the summer when I first began sewing with them. Their tiny diaper gifts are such a special thing to sew and something I feel very privileged to contribute to. 

These 2 donation items are the perfect way to give forward the "Binkeez Bits" fabric donations I receive from Binkeez For Comfort

Last but certainly NOT least,
Foster Care Compassion Closet - This is another that is near and dear to my heart! I am fortunate enough to be a part of a very active and caring foster care community. While our family is not currently fostering, it is very important to us to continually support those that are. One way we can do that is by regularly supporting and volunteering with our Compassion Closet. There are SOOO many things I have the opportunity to sew for this too! Tote bags, Hygiene Bags, Pillowcases, Loungewear, other clothing and MORE! This is a project that my whole family is able to help with as well, as we shop and fill many of the bags we deliver with practical and fun items for the children who receive them. This blog post details more of this outreach if interested.

International Donations - The itmes I sew most often for this are bibs, shorts and sundresses.

Additionally, I look forward to following along and participating in other opportunities that arise across the online sewing community.....there are always some great ones! 

So, there you have it, my charitable sewing plans for 2015!
I'll of course be sharing a variety of sewing related posts here throughout the year, and hope to have you join and participate however you feel led!
Here's planning for a FABULOUS year!!!
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