The Fabric Maverick says have a heart in your hand!
Komfort Kids designed by PatricK Lose for Avlyn Fabrics was created to support the activities of the Project Linus. Project Linus is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission. First, to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers". Second, to a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in locat communities, for the benefit of children.
Animal Party Quilt For Kids designed by Amy Schimler for Robert Kaufman Fabrics was created to support the activities of Quilts For Kids. This organization has taken discontinued fabric that was going to be thrown away and used it to make quilts , wheelchair bags, totes and more for people in need. This has turned into a international effort. Every type of fabric is used and recycled into something usable for children, homeless people and the elderly.
I have recently become aware "The Ugly Quilt Project" or the "Sleeping Bag Project". This was begun by My Brother's Keeper Quilt Group. The mission is create simple emergency sleeping bags from recycled fabrics and distribute them to the homeless. United Way will acceot these sleeping bags to distribute as needed. Please check with your local chapter for more information. I read an article recently that stated that 30% of the homeless are now families that have fallen on hardtimes in our current economic downturn. To me, it is very sad statement that there are any homeless people in America.
WHY THE NAME 'UGLY QUILT'
a. The Sleeping Bag is a utility quilt made from clean used or no-cost fabrics.
b. This simple sleeping bag should not have a market value to assure the homeless are beneficiaries.
c. The name indicates the skill level needed for this tied quilt.
d. The Ugly Quilt can be made in less than a day.
e. A group can make one in an hour.
THE OUTER SHELL OF THE SLEEPING BAG IS MADE BY CUTTING SCRAP MATERIAL, BEDSPREADS, DRAPES OR RUMMAGE INTO THE LARGEST SQUARE OR RECTANGLE THE PIECE WILL ALLOW.
1. Sew enough pieces together to form a seven foot by seven foot (7' x 7') square.
2. Sew two, 7' by 7' squares together to form the sleeping bag cover. 7' by 14' finished length.
3. Stitch two sets of three foot straps to a 7' edge, approximately 15 and 30 inches in. Straps are made of neckties, dress belts, etc.
4. On three eight foot (8') church tables, fill one half of the 14' x 7' piece with clean old blankets, mattress pads, fiberfill or light-weight rummage. Leave a three inch (3") seam allowance on the three open edges.
5. Cover with remaining 7' length. 6. Tie knots through all three layers with a double crochet cotton every eight inches (8"), to secure the covers to the fill layer.
7. Lay the 3' straps up onto the tied quilt.
8. Fold the tied 7' x 7' in half, R to L forming a 7' x 3 1/2' sleeping bag shape. * Triple knot with crochet cotton the remaining side and bottom edges every three inches catching only the four cover layers. Raw edges will insulate the seams when turned * The top edge and folded side are finished.
9. Turn right side out.
10. Roll up and tie straps tightly to secure. Feel free to implement your ideas but keep it simple, quick and cost free.
Though we do not advertise it, Fabric.com provides fabric to Extreme Home Makeovers as needed.
Please take time to give something back to your community. Some of these ideas are easy to implement. I have heard from many of our customers about their contributions to their communities from Jasmine who teaches teenagers to sew to Leila who buys denim to teach prisoners new skills. Give with your heart and work with your hands! In that spirit, we will have a very interesting interview with Ro Gregg next week. Ro designs for Northcott Fabrics who strongly support the quest for the cure!