Sunday, June 1, 2008

June 21 Projects

New Days and Hours: 1st Saturday of every month, we will cut out fabric. No sewing, just cutting. The 3rd Saturday of every month, we will sew, sew, sew!! New Hours from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on both the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month in my home.

FREE FABRIC!! On Sunday, June 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hummelstown, we will have free fabric available to everyone, especially those who sew for charity!! Please come and bring some friends! We have donations of fabric that aren't appropriate for our projects that we'd like to share -- if you have fabric you can no longer use, this would be a great place to get it into the hands of other sewers who would love to have it. Whatever is left over will go to the United Methodist Mission Central, and will be distributed throughout the U.S.

SEWIN' SISTERS SOWING IN THE SUN. Saturday, August 16th from 11:00 to 3:00 we will have our 1st Sewin' Sisters Sowing in the Sun. We will set up our machines and sew in the beautiful sidewalk area in front of the Swatara Township building, 599 Eisenhower Blvd. We hope the media will be there to draw attention to what charity needle arts groups are doing in our region, and recruit new sewers and volunteers. Even if you are unable to sew that day, we hope you will come and hang out with us! There is NO RAIN DATE. If it is raining, we'll sew in my home as usual.

JUST SEW YOU KNOW: Sunday, August 17th from 9:00 to 11:00 a few of the Sewin' Sisters will host the coffee hour at Trinity United Methodist Church as a thank you for their constant support of our ministry. They have graciously allowed us to use their facility many times, at no charge, and have even set up all the tables and chairs for every function we've had there. They have put information about our events in their church bulletins and newsletters. They truly embody what a community church is all about. In this small way, we hope to recognize the Trinity United Methodist Church for all the help they have been to us over the past two years.

SEWING MORE SMOCKS. In June we will continue to concentrate on sewing smocks for the Salvation Army's various arts and crafts projects. We use men's long sleeved button down shirts. Cut off the collar and neck band, bind the neck edge with bias tape, cut off the cuffs, finish the edges of the sleeves, turn up the cuffs 1/2" to form a casing, and insert 1/4" elastic (9" long), lap placket and stitch closed. VERY simple and quick to do. We will also continue to sew summer weight baby blankets for Morning Star, and walker bags, and wash cloths for Salvation Army's Senior visitation programs.

The Bethesda Mission needs 88 twin bed blankets before the weather turns cold. Through our partnership with Salvation Army, we will be able to fill this need by using the bedspreads donated to them by Hershey Hotel. We will need to get started on this project by July. So please stop by and pick up some bedspreads and I'll show you what to do. It's a VERY easy project, though it will take a lot of thread.

WE NEED 1/4" elastic and single fold bias tape in all colors to make the smocks for Salvation Army. We also need lots of forest green thread to make the blankets for the Bethesda Mission. If you have some you'd like to donate, we'd love to have it! Thanks!

We are finishing up the drawstring bags for Hershey Medical Center's Pediatric Bereavement Program. We hope to deliver them by mid-June. Thanks to all of you who have sewn these bags and prayed for the families who will receive them. Also, this week we will meet with the Director of Volunteers at Pinnacle Health to get their feedback on the two fabric books we designed and created to be used by stroke and head trauma victims. We are very proud of them, and hope they get a "thumbs up" from the folks at Pinnacle Health. We'll keep you posted . . .

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