The Best Kind of Sewing

I know I am not alone when I say I love to sew for a cause. There are so many people less fortunate than us, people who are dealing with all sorts of hardship. Quilting and sewing cannot fix these things, but it can show others how much we care. One such cause is Sadie’s Dream for a Cure. Founded in 2012, this organization provides tote bags filled with toys, crayons, games and stuffed animals to children who are battling cancer. Sometimes the child regularly endures long IV infusions or hospital stays in an isolation room while their immune system is severely compromised from their treatments. These bags bring a little happiness to a scary time for a child.

This organization has several options for how we can help. They will provide an entire kit to a person wanting to sew a bag. These kits contain the fabric, fusible batting and the label for the front. Alternatively, they will send you just the label, if you would like to rather use your own fabric. I thought it would be a good use of some stash so I requested just the label. Finally, if you don’t have time to sew just now, they keep a wish list on their website of items they need for filling the bags. Here is a link to check it out.

Bags are donated to hospitals all over the country. Some of the bags are filled with adult items for parents who find themselves suddenly experiencing an extended stay at a pediatric hospital. The adult bags are stocked with toiletries and snacks.

Before I go any further, I need to make a clarification. I didn’t make all four bags shown at the top of the page. I first heard of this project on Instagram when The Quilter’s Planner announced a sew along to make these bags as a group. They did a few posts explaining the steps along the way. I didn’t join in with the sew along due to some timing issues. However, I did pass the idea along to my sister. She also loves to sew and I was fairly sure she would want to make a bag or two. Turns out she made three! Hurray for the kindness of others.

It has been fun to receive pictures of the bags my sister made over the last week or so. She did this cute one with bugs — perfect for the budding entomologist.

Who wouldn’t love the colors in this purple and blue bag? The fabric choices are perfect. It would work for a child or an adult.

For the third bag she used this sweet multicolored fabric with little cupcakes.

My bag is pink with a floral print used for the pockets and the trim around the top. I added a pop of green for the accent strip. When I was making it there was one hiccup.  After I attached the lining to the outer bag, I noticed I had forgotten to put the pocket on the lining (for the inside of the bag). Dang it. I decided to unpick the stitches on the side seam and carefully insert the pocket and try to stitch it down. It was kind of silly but it worked.

I am pretty happy with the final results! Fun, bright colors make for a cute bag.

These bags are fun to make and a simple way to help out a family going through a rough time. I enjoy bag making anyway so this was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

Just a quick note – I want to let you know I have begun a newsletter to keep readers posted about my fabric shop. I will be sending it out about every eight weeks or so and it will contain information on new arrivals and fun promotions for my newsletter subscribers. If you are interested, there is a sign up form on the right side of the page.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF.  Hope all of you have a fantastic long weekend for the Memorial Day holiday.

 

18 thoughts on “The Best Kind of Sewing

  1. lindak21

    Thank you for sharing your story and the link to Sadie’s Dream for a Cure. This struck home with me and I’m thankful to be able to sew for this cause.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Linda, So happy to hear this might be a meaningful project for you. It is a small effort to make to help people through a difficult time. 🙂

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  2. Lisa

    Yes Bernie sewing for a cause is very fulfilling. These are all fun and beautiful bags. I just love that bug fabric.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Lisa. I love that this is ongoing and very easy to participate as time allows. Hope you are doing well – Happy Friday!

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  3. Tish

    Those are beautiful bags for a great cause. I think that it’s great that we can help with this project anytime and in so many different ways.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Exactly Tish. I was pleasantly surprised to see they will send fabric kits to those who want to sew without the expense of purchasing fabric. What a great organization.

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  4. Rosemary

    I, too, first heard of this group through Quilter’s Planner. I made 3 and mailing them out today. I hope to make more. Having worked in hospitals and spent time around these incredibly courageous kids (and amazing parents), I think this is such a great idea. Thank you for sharing and letting others know of this amazing group.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Rosemary, that is great! Let me know how it goes. If you think of it, send a picture – I would love to see what you make. 🙂

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  5. Darlene

    Thanks for the charity sewing idea. I love to make bags. I think the granddaughters can help on this one.

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  6. Sandy O

    Thanks for the info on the charity. Now I have a great plan for some of my stash 🙂

    Your bags look great; love the color combinations.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Great idea Sandy – even if your granddaughters are younger, they can help you. What a nice community service type of project to do with them. 🙂

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  7. Kathy Gardner

    Hello! This is Kathy from Sadie’s Dream for a Cure! We just came across your blog post … THANK YOU for not only donating your time and talents but for helping to spread the word! It is truly our pleasure to be able to help.these amazing children, but we couldn’t do it without the support of great people like you!!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Kathy, thank you for your note. I am happy to contribute to such a great non-profit. You all do wonderful work and helping out is a pleasure.

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