Firstly Jane who has a lovely blog called Handmade Jane emailed me to say that inspired by one of my earlier posts about raising money for charity through sewing, she had organised a coffee morning selling her own gorgeous items and donated 25% of the proceeds to the PTA of a local school for autistic children. Jane raised a fantastic £170. I am so impressed and to think I might have inspired her efforts in any way REALLY cheered me up tonight. Also thanks to Gill at The Vintage Gardener for buying one of my little sewing kits. The money from the sale of the sewing kits is donated to my chosen charity Bulgaria's Abandoned Children. Not only did Gill kindly buy one, she also sent me some lovely feedback when she received it. Thanks to both of you for cheering me up!
I was also inspired by an article in Sew Hip magazine this month. They featured a charity called 'Dress a girl around the world. The charity has the ambition that every little girl in the world should own at least one dress and asks people who can sew to make simple little pillowcase dresses to send to girls in deprived countries. The charity behind the project 'Hope 4 Women International' have so far delivered more than 17,000 dresses to children in 35 different countries. They have set themselves a target of 50,000 dresses in the next year. So can you help? Anyone want to join me in making some pillowcase dresses to send? I'm happy to co-ordinate it all if anyone wants to make some dresses and send them to me. I know there are some fantastic sewers out there who might be able to help. If you are interested, please email me or leave a comment so I can contact you. There is a great link on this blog if you are using fabric rather than upcycling actual pillowcases - Sew Delightful. Please feel free to spread the word on your blogs or on twitter. It would be great to get the sewing/blogging community making dresses. Can you imagine how gorgeous the dresses would be and how happy they would make some little girls!
I thought I would also share the heart swap goodies I sent to Cate at Vintage Mum as part of the Heart Swap
A heart shaped paperweight - all the profits go to a childrens centre helping disadvantaged children in Keyna
A cute little handmade purse.
A little vintage union jack heart, some love heart sweets and some heart chocolates
and some heart sprinkle things and some cute little wooden hearts