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Mama to Mama: Second Round

So my coworkers donated some more t-shirts (yay for some colorful ones this time!) to make 13 more caps (for a total of 32) and I also completed 3 receiving blankets for Mama to Mama. I think one more coworker may be bringing in some t-shirts this week so there may be a round three of these caps. . . we will see.

I’m especially happy with how the three receiving blankets turned out. They were made out of the same bedsheets that I made the Anda Dress out of and I was happy to find another good use for that large amount of fabric. I thought I was going to make one side terry cloth and the other side cotton, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that terry cloth may be too bulky for long term swaddling use so it ended up being double sided of the cotton sheets. It was also very fun to find a use for some of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. I love the little chains of flowers, row of stars and little leaves that adorn these blankets. I hope that all of these items end up as a blessing for these precious Haitian children and families that are in need.

It’s still not too late to whip up a few of these (they take no time at all) and send them over to Mama to Mama; c/o SouleMama; PO Box 8190; Portland, ME 04104; USA before December 10th.

Mama to Mama: First Round

So, I asked my co-workers for some t-shirt donations and they definitely came through. This weekend (amidst feeling pretty sick and not moving very far from the couch or the bed) I managed to whip up 19 of these precious little caps for Mama to Mama. They’re very simple to sew and I’m hoping to make another round of hats (and maybe a receiving blanket or two with some leftover bedsheets and terry cloth that is in my fabric stash) this upcoming weekend. I’m still looking for more t-shirts to be donated, so if you have a few and live in the Austin area, leave me a comment and we can figure out how to get the t-shirts from point A to point B.

Mama to Mama

In what I believe is the true spirit of the holidays and Thanksgiving, I would ask all of my crafting/crafty friends to consider participating in Mama to Mama. I think this is a great way to give to people in need from what you already have. “As crafters, the reasons we create are many. Just one may be to spread a little bit of peace into the world, to make a small but meaningful difference in one person’s life through a simple act of crafting with intention. Mama to Mama seeks to find ways to connect handcrafters with mothers, children and families in need of a little bit of handmade love.”

The essence of what to do is this: take old t-shirts that you already have, make two infant sized caps per shirt, send to Soule Mama (address on the website) and she will send the caps to Haiti to become part of a birthing kit to help ensure the well-being of infants being born there. You can choose to create simple blankets as well.

I can’t imagine these caps taking much time to make at all – they are very simple, two seams total. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can hand stitch them. If you are local to Austin, I will be doing a shipment of these December 3rd or 4th, and if you can get them to me, I will include them in my box. . . just let me know if you would like to participate with me. I will also take any old t-shirts that you would like to donate – I have no problems doing the sewing if you provide the materials!

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”
-Stephen Grellet