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Sewing with Compassion
Many simple to sew fabric crafts are ideal when considering sewing out of consideration for others; sewing not out of obligation or a sense of charity toward others but a desire to give back to the community in which we live out our daily lives. There can be so many others less fortunate than ourselves for many reasons. Lest we judge others, let us consider nevertheless how we can bring a bit of cheer into someone's life.
Some practical items to consider as you sew for others:
Chemotherapy hats or turbans. Many free patters are available. Make adjustable to fit many sizes.
Pillow cases for children in hospitals or shelters. Sew using bright colorful fabric. To encourage sweet dreams and imagination.
Blanket buddies for babies and toddlers to cuddle. Made out of soft cotton flannel and simple animal shapes they can become a loving security keepsake.
Walker pouch for mobility equipment walkers to secure directly to a walker. Add a strap to convert to an over-the-shoulder use for extra functionality.
Pocket tissue holder. Quick and simple to make.
Useful tote. Perfect for children and adults alike to use as a carry-all.
Simple shape teddy to cuddle. Many free patterns for sewn toys from basic shapes can be found.
Eyeglass case with attached lanyard to corral reading or other glasses so they are close by when needed.
Children's fleece hats. No pattern needed and warm and wonderful to wear. Easy to make too! Just cut a rectangular piece of fleece about 16 inches long and the width of an appropriate head circumference plus seam allowance. Sew right sides together to form a tube. Turn right-side out, then along one end, turn up about 3 inches, then again and secure with a few stitches on the seam. Gather the top of the opposite side and tightly secure with a pony-tail elastic leaving about three inches down from the fleece top. Cut into the gathered top to the pony tail holder, making about 1/2 inch wide cuts. Fluff out the cut ends to form a fun top.
Pet bedding. Ask your local pet shelter what they need the most for their waiting-for-forever homes for their puppies, kittens, cats and dogs.
Lap quilt for wheelchair enabled folks. Brighten someone’s day with a small colorful scrappy quilt.
There are many local service organizations that have a great need for items we may not realize but would be greatly appreciated. Contact your nearby hospital volunteer group, veterans organization, homeless shelters, and pet shelters in your neighborhood to find a program with unmet needs.
Sew happy, sew inspired.
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