Hi Meg - I was very happy to participate in this project and sent a few little fleece bears that I made. I'm wondering what kind of response you got and if you've had the chance to send the stuffed toys you received to Haiti yet?
Hi Dooney - As a matter of fact, I have organized several sewing bees at my church to make the pillowcase dresses for LDfA. (I was even lucky enough to travel to Africa last summer with LDfA to help distribute the dresses. What an AWESOME experience!!!) Anyhow, to answer some of your questions: I've found that a good time span is about 3 hours. Depending on the # of workers you have, that will give you plenty of time to make several dresses.
I usually don't bring refreshments due to the possibility of spills / stains on the fabric, but if refreshments are something that's traditional with your group, by all means go ahead and have them. However let me say that when we have a sewing bee in between morning and evening worship services, the ladies do bring a sack lunch and eat before getting down to work.
To drum up interest, maybe you could print off some information from the website and put signs up around your building and have an article published in the bulletin. And definitely, word of mouth!
I never set a goal. Whatever we were able to finish, we were able to finish. Sometimes ladies took some to work on at home in their free time. I did have a deadline for when I needed them back so they could be sent (or taken) for distribution.
I didn't ask for donations from stores, but I did from friends, family and church members. MANY people have 'stashes' of elastic, thread and bias tape that they'd be happy to donate to a good cause. Others are willing to buy a few packages as part of their contribution to the project.
To get the pillowcases, I make regular trips to the thrift shops all year long and buy colorful pillowcases in good condition - bring them home and wash them and they're as good as new!
As far as the machines, irons, etc... go, I've asked people to bring their own and I've never had any issues with anything getting broken. Usually people use their own machine because they're familiar with it. Other items to ask people to bring: cutting mats, rotary cutters, scissors, pins. Encourage everyone to label their supplies somehow.
Good luck with this project. It is truly a very good cause! Let me know if you have any other questions.
What a GREAT idea! I only came across this post yesterday, but wanted to participate... I didn't have time to make many, but I did send a few valentines off this afternoon - I hope they arrive in time to be included!. Please keep us updated on how it goes, OK?
hi everyone, i'm new here so please forgive me if i mess up with this first posting. (it was all very confusing to me!) i'm wondering if anyone out there remembers seeing instructions for making a bracelet by stitching zippers to a piece of cloth. it seems like there were some fancy embroidery stitches and maybe even some bead embellishments on it too. i have some old zippers removed from clothing (i hate to throw anything away!) thanks so much for your help. ~cherylinMI