National Sewing Month - Sew For Your Pets and Sew For a Cure
National Sewing Month ends this week and we have two charities to feature. We have videos of our Sewcial Circle in action making the projects we feature in the blog today.
People around the world were touched by the loyalty and resolve of the Search and Rescue Dogs who worked tirelessly to recover victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of the attacks, the American Kennel Club coordinated efforts to assist the Search and Rescue handlers and dogs at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In a continuing commemoration of the heroism of those Search and Rescue teams, the AKC established The American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Corporation Canine Support and Relief Fund, a charitable fund to support professional and volunteer canine search and rescue organizations throughout the United States. The fund was launched with DOGNY, America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs, a hugely successful public art initiative. We encourage you to explore these pages to learn more about DOGNY and the dogs and handlers it honors.
The Sewcial Circle here at fabric.com created dog beds to donate to our local shelter. The small pet pillows can be made from fleece, cotton, or corduroy which is what we used. We stuffed them with shredded foam to be soft and durable.
Our final charity shout-out for National Sewing Month is ConnKerr Cancer.
A Case for Smiles, was created after Cindy Kerr's son was diagnosed with cancer in 2002. She made colorful pillowcases to brighten his hospital room and make him smile. Then she made cases for all the children in the Oncology Unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where her son was being treated. Since then, ConnKerr Cancer has provided over 400,000 cases throughout North America and South Africa through thousands of volunteer sewers.
Our Sewcial Circle created adorable pillowcases from colorful cotton prints using the sausage method. It is quite simple to create a beautifully finished pillowcase with French seams and a knife edge detail once you understand the pinning method. You can get all the instructions for making these pillowcases and how to donate and volunteer your time at connkerr.com/help.