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« on: November 20, 2008 06:22:14 AM »

I'm not sure if this is the best board to post this on, but I figured it was a question of sorts, and deals most likely with you lovely sewing queens.

I am currently serving an Americorps term of service with the Centre County Youth Service Bureau in Pennsylvania.  We serve a variety of families, teenagers, young kids, and new parents who are in need of extra services.  One of our programs, Youth and Family Services, uses an in-home family focused approach in order to secure a safe and permanent home for children who have been separated from their families due to abuse, neglect/dependency or delinquency issues.  As you can imagine, we become very close with these families, and try to find ways to support them outside of the counseling process.

As an Americorps team, we have taken on a project to spread the word about energy efficiency to local families.  Part of the project involves making and donating "Draft Dodgers," those little bean/rice-filled tubes that you put in front of your doors to keep the draft out and the heat in. 

Our budget for this project is $0, so we are looking for donations.  A local grocery store has generously offered to donate the rice and beans as fillers, but we need fabric!

I immediately thought of my own fabric stash - scraps or spare yards that I bought and don't need, or finished the project and can't throw away, etc.  When I thought of how much fabric is out there, waiting for a good project, I knew we might be on to something.

Please PM me if you would like to donate.  I will be doing most of the sewing of these little guys, so any size fabric will do - I'll patchwork ones that look cute together.  :0)

I appreciate all of your help, and your generosity.  Have a wonderful, warm holiday season.  :0)

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2008 06:05:27 AM »

As a beginner I don't have any stash to donate, but have you thought of contacting some fabric shops to see if they would be willing to donate ends of fabric that they can't sell?

Lots of luck with your project.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2008 11:32:35 AM »

You bet!  We've got letters out to all the local craft and fabric stores - I just figured I'd try some grassroots collecting as well!  :0)

« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2008 07:13:19 AM »

What a wonderful undertaking, God bless you and those you strive to help. 
As a member of the American Sewing Guild in Indiana, please let me tell you that there should be a local ASG chapter or chapters that would love to help you.  The national website is www.asg.org and you can find the local chapters on that site.  I would suggest then contacting them and asking for their help.  Believe me when I say, the members of the ASG truly believe that "she who dies with the most fabric wins" is their fight song.  Part of the ASG chapter requirements is to do community projects, and these are to be reported to the national chapter to keep them in good standing.  Good luck to you.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2008 04:56:48 PM »

Have you considered using recycled clothing for this project? I made some for my Grandmother using a pantleg for each doorway. The denim holds up really well and cost nothing. Just a thought. Flannel shirts often yeild quite a bit of fabric too. Thrift stores often toss old clothes that they can't sell and you can easily cut them up to use.
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2009 09:11:59 AM »

Are you still looking for fabric?  'Cause if you are, I'd love to donate some fabric Any particular type of fabric? 

Another idea for draft dodgers that I have seen (and of course can't remember where,  Wink ) is to make them out of old men's ties.  I think you just sew up the ends, make a slit in the middle, fill them up and sew that last bit closed.  The ties are long enough to be great for under doors and they can be had for pennies at most Thrift stores and Goodwill and such.  Also, even people who don't have much in the way of fabric stashes might be able to find a neglected tie or two to donate.  And, even non-sewers could help making the dodgers since they only take a little bit of hand sewing.  Just an idea.

I will definitely PM you as soon as I have a chance to look through my stash.

Good luck with this great project! Grin
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