One of the projects that I’ve really wanted to do for a long time is to have things made for the orphans in Tam Ky. I’ve made a few things and we’ve been lucky enough to have people donate clothes, toys, books and money that we brought along on our last two trips to the orphanages.
But I always wanted to make it bigger than me just sewing a few things for a handful of kids. That’s where you come in.
As part of our Pho for Three fundraiser, I’m heading up a charity sewing drive to get quality, handmade items to these kids I love so much. There are five things, in particular, that I’m asking for: shorts, dresses, messenger bags, pencil pouches and simple diapers. Depending on your time, sewing abilities, spare fabric, etc. you can pick whichever one you want to make. With more than 100 kids ranging from newborn to 17 years old, there’s plenty of leeway.
Here’s the nitty-gritty for you:
- Sewing starts now! I will need to receive items by September 30, 2012so they can go back with a friend who is stateside in September. She is currently living in Tam Ky and will be doing some transporting. Otherwise, items will be shipped via DHL (cash donations to cover that cost are welcome) and brought with us if we are able to return in Spring 2013.
- You can send them to me directly, please email for the address.
- Items should be sewn with the intention to hold up under heavy use. The kids don’t get new things very often, so they need to wear well.
- If you are interested in donating something else (shoes, jackets, blankets, quilts, cash), please contact me to make arrangements.
To get you started, here are some great online tutorials and some links to patterns that would be perfect for this project!
Shorts and Pants:
Simple triangles of cotton: Easily made by taking a 25-inch square, cutting it into two triangles and finishing the edges (serger or turned seams).
For each of the next four weeks, I’ll be posting my own tutorials on making each of these items as well as sewing up as many as I can.
Thank you so much! I really can’t do this without each of you. I honestly believe that one person can make a difference, but it’s so much better when it’s a bunch of us working together. If you have any questions at all, please ask in the comments below or email me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!