Saturday, April 23, 2011

Week 14 - Sewing for Charity

Challenge: Sew Something for Charity
Project: Stuffed Animals for Children's Hospital

This week I took on the challenge to make something for Royal Oak Beaumont's Children's Hospital.
It has always been my personal mission to make and donate as much as I can to Children's Hospitals, including the Children's Hospital as Royal Oak Beaumont.  As a small child I spent a week over the Christmas holidays at a children's hospital in Miami.  I still have very vivid memories of that stay. 

I also still have the gift that a very kind man gave me during that stay over 30 years ago.
While I was attempting to organize my ever growing fabric stash I came across these fabric panels - three bunnies and one lamb. 
I decided that these would be perfect for a Spring donation, so I set to sewing.  Let me tell you that they ended up being a lot more work then I had anticipated.  It took me a solid two days of sewing.  I made them while I was home with Ran over the Spring break, so I had plenty of time to sew while he got his daily Spongebob fix. 

I also took a dozen tag blankets and a few dozen fleece scarves.
Ran also helped contribute by making about a dozen necklaces using pony beads and elastic thread.  I wish I had taken some pictures. 

We took everything to the hospital together as a family and got to meet the children's activities director.  Ran got to see the different play rooms that the kids get to use and their giant fish tank.  Ran told me that next time I need to make some stuffed dragons and monster for the boys. 

While I truly hope that Ran never needs an extended stay at the hospital, it is nice to know that there is such a wonderful children's hospital within 3 miles of our house.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Week #13 - Custom Order from Mom

Midway through week 13 I got a call from my mother.  She asked if I could make her something for a baby shower she was going to the coming Saturday.  And since I have sooooo much free time I decided to humor her and whip up some baby cuties for her.

Luckily I always seem to have a backup stash of tag blankets laying around.  I started making these for Ran when he was a wee one and now every baby I know gets them! 

The next call I got from mom was to ask if I may have a cloth tote that she could give as a gift bag.  Totes are something else that I always seem to have made up also.  It is a great way to use up those heavier weight fabrics that you don't quite know what else to do with.

Earlier that week I had purchased a new tote pattern from Noodlehead

I just knew that this was the perfect time to try out the very cute pattern.
Friday morning (luckily it was my regular day off work) Ran and I hit Joanne Fabrics to find the perfect fabric for the tote for a baby boy. I let Ran pick out these adorable fabrics.
The tote went together perfectly.  The directions were wonderful and very easy to follow.   It ended up using half yards of three different fabrics and about a yard and a half of interfacing.  It also has a magnetic snap closure inside.

 Once it was all done it was very hard to give away.  I did pick up some really cute clearance fabrics that I will be making into a bag of my own soon.  I turned out the be a wonderful gift bag and was a real hit at the baby shower.