Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A special finish and a giveaway!

Have you heard of Craft Hope? It's the brainchild of Jane Sims, who organizes quilters and other crafters to make handmade items for children and families in need. One of my former coworkers was working on a project for Craft Hope a couple years ago when I was over for dinner. It was a discussion with her about sewing and crafting for charity that sparked the desire in me to start quilting consistently. Before that, I thought, "I already have a blanket for my bed, what reason would I have to make a quilt?" (I laugh at that now!)

Craft Hope's current project is pillow case dresses for little girls in developing countries. If you've never made a pillow case dress, it's so simple - you don't even need to start with a pillow case! I used this tutorial to make mine.

Pillowcase dresses

I used some yardage of Dream On I picked up on clearance a couple years ago, as well as some voile I had left over after making baby quilts last year.

Pillowcase dresses 2

The voile ones were so buttery soft, I almost wanted to make myself a pillow case dress out of them! I was afraid of the voile fraying from frequent washing and hard wear, so I used French seams in their construction.

French seams

If you'd like to contribute to this project, you probably still have time if you are in the US or Canada. The deadline is November 8th, but one dress from start to finish is an hour project (and I am slow). Here's my little stack, ready to be mailed off!

dresses folded

And, since I missed my last "Giveaway Monday" for the month of October, I'm making up for it now. I am giving away a copy of Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause. This book has a variety of craft and sewing projects, from pillow case dresses, to scarves, to sock monkeys, and each craft has a suggested charity that would love your donations.

Also, I'm giving away a copy of Elizabeth Hartman's The Practical Guide to Patchwork. This is pretty much an essential book for a new quilter, and covers all the steps to making your quilt - cutting, piecing, basting, quilting, and binding. It also comes with a number of gorgeous patterns for simple to intermediate modern quilts.

These are my copies of the books, so they are "used" but are in like-new condition. They are great books, but I am downsizing in preparation for a move, and want to pass them on to someone who might use them more. Also, I'm keeping this giveaway to US addresses only, since books are a little heavy and can be expensive to ship.

Just leave a comment to be entered. If you'd like, let me know about a craft or sewing project you've completed for charity. I'll draw winners on Friday.

Fresh Poppy Design


  1. Hmmm - looks like I'm the first to comment! I made a wheel-chair quilt--a lap quilt with ties for a wheel chair--to give directly to a relative of a relative who was in the hospital for an extended time. I don't know if this counts as charity, but it was a quilt for somebody who I didn't know and who needed some comfort.

  2. That is an awesome way to downsize. I would be very interested in either or both of them. I love your little dresses. Wonder if they could be made in flannel or is there not a need for something a little warmer??

  3. This past July I participated in "Skirting the Issue" over at Simple Simon and Company blog. Each week a different item was suggested to make for donation: skirts, dolls, blankets, with tutorials provided for construction suggestions. You could then donate locally or send your items to the organizers for them to donate to groups who could use the items.

  4. I recently donated a quilt to a benefit auction for a friend with cancer. This past weekend in fact.

  5. I have made several quilts for donation. It is fun to know I can keep sewing and use my stash and give someone something at the same time. This year I have not done as many but am working on a QOV one. Thanks for the chance!

  6. Adorable, I love your pillowcase dresses, so cute, I love making charity donations for Hopeful Threads.

  7. Such cute dresses! They are adorable! I recently sewed up a quilt for a widow from the fires in Arizona. I know it was delivered but I really hope it got to the right person!

  8. Starting on xmas projects, I have an annual christmas cookie decorating party for my grandkids and the neighbors, its so so much fun, and I always make a new gift for each child personalized, plus I made the hats and aprons they use.. Its a tradition now..

  9. I'm planning on making a quilt for Blossom Heart Quilts drive for quilts for a hospital in Africa (yes, it gets cold there :) )

  10. I've been working on crocheting a scarf for a project at work that gives handmade scarves to victims of domestic violence. It's due in a couple of weeks and I've worked on it for months. Maybe I should have just made a quilt instead!


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