Sew for Hope Kids February Dates

Thanks to our donors and volunteers, we got off to a very good start in January. We made great progress with the Pre-K naptime coverlets for PAEC. We need 45 blankets total, so we’ll spend the next two meetings continuing to work on those. If you’d like to make a blanket or two at home with your own fabric, the instructions are at the link below. These are not quilts, they’re simply two layers of fabric stitched together. The deadline to get those into our hands is Saturday, May 6. If you plan on making PAEC blankets, please let me know so we can add them into our count.
PAEC Blanket Instructions here
 The Saturday meetings in February are 2/4 & 2/18
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd
Tallahassee
Reminder – New time: 10am – 4pm with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30
Thank you to ARTS After School for giving us a home, and thank you to Donna Dye for delivering more “solid” cotton fabric for us to work with. Making 45 whole cloth blankets takes a lot of fabric. Thanks to Donna we’re able to continue our mission in a bright and color-coordinated way. Thank you also to our talented volunteers who show up to sew. A room full of fabric doesn’t do us any good if no one shows up to use it.
In March, if we’ve completed the PAEC project, we’ll finish up some quilts that need work before they can be donated to kids at HOPE. We receive many quilt tops, both finished and unfinished that need completion. While it’s more fun to start a project, getting them finished and into the hands of children is very rewarding. If you have a quilt top that’s been ignored and unfinished for way too long, please consider donating it to Sew for Hope Kids. It’s a great way to let go of the guilt that an unfinished project can cause you.
We could also use some poly-pellets for our weighted therapy blankets. If you have some left over from a project you were working on, please consider donating them to us. Any amount will do.
That’s it for now, except —
Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia

Sew for Hope Kids 2017 meeting days list, time change, and note

Happy New Year. May the coming year bring happiness, good health, and prosperity to you and yours.
Sew for Hope Kids is about cheerfully being of service to those who are less fortunate than we are. We do that by gratefully receiving generous donations of fabric and sewing supplies. With those gifts, our loving volunteers create cozy blankets for children who are temporarily without a home and temporarily without the means to purchase a really cool blanket of their own. Someday they’ll grow up, be presidents, business owners, and advocates — but right now they could sure use a little help. Would you like to be a part of that?
Please note our meeting time has permanently changed to 10 – 4.
We always meet on the first and third Saturdays at ARTS After School.
3510 Weems Road, Tallahassee
Lunch break from 11:30 – 12:30
The 2017 dates for the year are as follows:
1/7 & 1/21,  2/4 & 2/18, 3/4 & 3/18, 4/1 & 4/15, 5/6 & 5/20, 6/3 & 6/17, 7/1 & 7/15, 8/5 & 8/19, 9/2 & 9/16, 10/7 & 10/21, 11/4 & 11/18, 12/2.
If it’s possible and you wouldn’t mind too much, please mark your calendar now. I’ve been feeling kinda poorly and it’s not always easy to get the reminder out a week before.
At our January meetings we’ll be making Pre-K nap-time coverlets for the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Day Care Program. This group of kids is 3 and 4 years old. We need 45 blankets, which would be difficult to make during just two meetings. The instructions are on our website if you’d rather work at home. Please do not feel that you must buy fabric. If you’d like to participate, but our meeting times aren’t good for you, please stop by and pick up some fabric, or let us know and we’ll make arrangements to meet you at your convenience. If you’d like to use up some of your considerable fabric stash, please remember that the age group for these kids is 3 and 4 year olds. No fabric themes that are too babyish or too grown-up.
Sew for Hope Kids is also present each month at the Quilter’s Unlimited Guild meetings. They are always the second Thursday of the month at Temple Israel. 2215 Mahan Dr. Donations can be dropped off between 1:30 – 4, or 5:30 – 6:30.
Thank you for your interest in Sew for Hope Kids, and thanks for all you do and all you’ve done,
Cynthia

How to Make Pet Beds for the Animal Shelter from Your Sewing Scraps

Sizes: The beds come in 4 sizes (approximately):

22 X 28
28 X 36
28 X 42
29 X 28

Outside Material:  This must be sturdy cotton or home decorator fabrics like cotton duck. Material should not be fuzzy or have glitter or other decorative elements.

Inside Material: cotton or cotton batting ONLY.  Material should be SMALL scraps – think under 6 inches square. Large wads of fabric will be uncomfortable for the animal. In addition, some of these beds are washed and dried, so smaller scraps inside mean shorter drying time. Please check twice for lost pins and remove all buttons, and metal or plastic additions, such as snaps.

Construction:

Simple pillow-case method – sew wrong sides together leaving a small opening for turning fabric right-side-to.  Once right sides are out, sew ¼ inch around outside to stabilize seam – leaving the opening. Stuff with scraps to fill bed loosely and then sew closed.

Fancy pillow-case method – sew as above but before turning right-side-out, sew gussets in each corner. This will result in a bed that lies “square” instead of curving down at the sides.

Finished Bed can be dropped off during Sew for Hope hours  at ARTS After School on Weems Road or directly to the Leon County Animal Shelter at 1125 Easterwood Drive (next door to Red Cross Building in Tom Brown Park.

Judy Rainbrook

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  Edward Everett

December/January Play Dates and News

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May your world be blessed with happiness and good fortune.
We’ll only have one more meeting in December and just in case I get busy with holiday hubbub, here’s the information for our January days as well.
Saturdays
December 3, January 7 and 21
9 – 3 with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd
We always meet the first and third Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
During our December meeting we’ll work on finishing blankets. Go figure! No really, at our last meeting we were given many unfinished quilt tops with which to work. What fun! But if you have a charity quilt started and you want to bring it and work with the group, that would be great too. I think we may also be finishing up some weighted therapy blankets. Welcome to Austyn and Shameka, our new volunteers who are working almost exclusively on those.
At both our January meetings we’ll work on the 45 Pre-K nap-time coverlets that we need for the PAEC Summer Day Care Program. Thanks to the generous fabric donations from Donna Dye and Loretta Veenstra, we have plenty of flannel for those coverlet backings now. The instructions are on our website if you’d like to make a blanket (or several) at home.
Marie at Hope Community informed us that they really need gently used blankets for adults right now. So this would be a great time to bring in any unneeded blankets that are taking up valuable space in your linen closet. Blankets can also be dropped off, during business hours, at HOPE Community at 2729 W Pensacola St.
Judy and Cynthia will be at Temple Israel for the Quilter’s Unlimited Guild meeting on Thursday, December 8. Sew for Hope Kids donations can be delivered from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or between 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thanks for all you do.
Cynthia Seyler, Founder
Please visit our website for more information

November Work Days

Hi,
This month our Saturday play days will be November 5 and 19, 2016.
All our meetings are from 9 – 3 at ARTS After School, 3510 Weems Road, with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.
We have one weighted therapy blanket to complete and two more to make before we’re caught up with the present request from PlayBig Therapy Center. We’re really proud that we’ve completed 22 so far — all custom made to the height and weight of each special kid. Wahoo! Regarding the last two blankets that we haven’t started yet; both children requested Star Wars fabric. One boy likes Minecraft also. Of course we appreciate all our fabric donations, but we rarely receive licensed fabrics such as these. So, if you happen to have a spare couple of yards of either of these cotton fabrics, we’d really love to have them.
We do have other projects started, so if making therapy blankets doesn’t float your boat, you can come and work on patchwork instead. Thanks to the generosity of ARTS After School, we have plenty of room to spread out. If you have a S4HK project started and want to bring it and work in a group setting, that would be fine too. We love all our volunteers and all the gifts they have to offer.
Judy Rainbrook and I will be at Temple Israel on Thursday, Nov 10 for anyone who wants to drop off donations. You can stop by between 1 – 4:30 while Judy is there for the Bits and Pieces Sit and Stitch, or you can deliver between 5:30 – 6:30 before the Quilter’s Unlimited meeting starts. Of course you’re welcome to come to the QU meeting as well. Social time is from 6:30 – 7. Meeting starts at 7. While I’m at it, I’d like to thank QU members for all their love and generosity.
Other needs — If anyone has a digital kitchen scale they’re no longer using, we’d love to have it for measuring poly-pellets. We can always use cotton quilting fabric yardage in solids or blenders to coordinate with the many different patterned fabrics we have. And we’d love to have more novelty and juvenile cotton fabric.
But wait! There’s more. Just to kids at the HOPE Community Homeless Shelter here in Tallahassee we’ve donated over 1,600 handmade blankets. Most of those were quilts.
For more information, please visit the S4HK website, or the sites for other local orgs at the bottom of this email.
Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia Seyler, Founder
ARTS After School
playbigtherapy.com
Temple Israel
Quilter’s Unlimited
quilttallahassee.com