Wednesday, November 12, 2014

sewing for Craft Hope

Whenever possible, I love the opportunity to use my love of crafting for those in need. Craft Hope has made crafting for a cause straightforward yet meaningful, and I have participated in several projects over the years, including sewing a sock monkey, aprons and pillowcase dresses. The most recent project {Project 25} We Are Kenya, is donating items to an organization that works with children in one of Kenya's largest slums. 


One of the items that was needed was reusable menstrual pads... sanitary napkins... whatever you prefer to call them. My first reaction was something along the lines of Why would I want to make those??! And who would, when the other options include sewing sweet stuffed animals or cozy hats and scarves? Well, after reading further, I changed my mind. You see, girls are often forced to quit going to school after their period starts because their family cannot afford to provide them with pads. How very, very sad. 


It is hard being a girl... I remember all the things I "lost interest" in after getting my period. Swimming, dance class, Girl Scout camp. I wanted to avoid the possibility of embarrassment. But having to quit school? That is in another league entirely. I want to help some young girls through this tough time, which is why I decided to take on this project. If my work keeps even one more girl in school, then it was worth my time a hundred times over.


The details: I made a total of 24 reusable pads using flannel (only $3 a yard on sale, so these were really cheap to make!) and snaps. I used this tutorial I found on the blog Little House Living. I followed the tutorial exactly for the blue set, so they are lightweight, like liners. For the purple set, I added a layer of waterproof PUL and a couple layers of cotton quilt batting so that they will work for heavier days. They turned out so nice that I would be lying if I didn't admit that I almost wanted to keep them for myself.


I sent them off last week, so I hope they make at least a tiny difference in some girl's life. Projects like this make me realize how blessed my life really is.

7 comments:

  1. What an amazing project! It is heartbreaking that this is a reality for so many girls around the world, something we would never think of as a barrier to education. We are truly so blessed! Good, good work, friend!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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  2. I'm so glad I read your post! I'm going to start making things for others after reading this. A side note to this is that you could make them with organic cotton. It's more $$, but not to give TMI, but I switched to organic cotton for myself since I'm sooo sensitive to any chemicals and it has made my visitor way way less unwelcome. I'll never ever go back.
    Another idea for an easy project is making fleece belly bands for dog rescue organizations. I'm way behind on my blogging..but this is what I'm talking about.
    http://lifeaswegrow.blogspot.com/2012/10/belly-bands-for-mill-rescue-dogs.html

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    1. I'm so happy that I inspired you! And I will keep in mind about the organic fabric for next time - that's a wonderful idea!

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  3. Amanda what a wonderful idea and such an inspiring make! I bet someone will be so delighted with these, almost tempted not to use them because they're so great. This is a very good use of sewing time, I'm going to click through and check out the organization as well. Thanks for passing the info along!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet note. I hope you do get the chance to participate in a future Craft Hope project - it's really inspiring to be a part of!

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  4. I LOVE this! This is so awesome of you to use your talent to help others!

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