Are you interested in sewing for a cause? Well in the spirit of the season, we decided to put together a short list of some of the organizations in our country accepting charitable donations.
- Project Linus : Distributes blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.
- Every Child : works with organizations in the community to provide clothing, diapers, blankets, toys, books, and other essential items to infants and children in need.
- American Hero Quilts
- Blankets of Hope : Provides blankets to wounded soldiers in VA hospitals.
- Soldiers Angels : This is an incredible organization doing valuable work. Soldiers’ Angels relies on donations of items (donations in kind) to sustain three of their most important projects: Care packages, Vet Packs, and First Response (for the wounded) backpacks
- Blankets of Belief : Provides your hand made blankets to actively deployed soldiers.
- Baby Threads of NH : Helps needy children & families in New Hampshire.
- New Borns in Need: Distributes your hand made items to sick and needy babies.
- Quilt for a Cure : The Warrior Quilt project. Fighting Breast Cancer one square at a time.
- Pink Slipper Project : Helps women & children in shelters.
As you can imagine this is just a partial list of the the many deserving charities helping families in need. Please feel free to drop us a note, if you know of another charity we should add to our list.
Book Review: One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!
Years ago in Framingham, Ma there was this great sewing store called “Fabric Place”. Many days I would spend my entire lunch break searching through their 1 yard remnants table and dreaming about all of the ways I’d use up these gems of fabric. So when I stumbled upon this book a couple of days ago I had (yes I had) to buy it. Finally someone who could appreciate the ways of the thrifty shopper.
So what can you do with just 1 yard of fabric? Well it turns out you can make Allot! The book includes patterns and/or directions for making a variety of things using just one yard of fabric. For example you can make a Newborn Flyaway Jacket , a pleated Girly Skirt , and a Toddler Pinafore Smock. Who knew you could do so much with just one yard!
Unless you plan on using your sewing machine only for occasional mending or simple sewing tasks, the best way to get inspired and make full use of this remarkable tool is to learn something new. Sewing home decor items, clothing or quilts can be very rewarding- not to mention it can save you tons of cash. But ensuring that your completed project has a professional look requires a little bit of know how and that’s where a good resource manual comes in.
But with thousands of sewing books on store shelves today, how do you know which one to choose? Well we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve just added a new sewing books & sewing supplies section to our store. We’ve carefully handpicked the TOP sewing books available in the market today. So whether you’re just learning how to sew or if you’re a seasoned sewer looking to learn a new sewing technique you’ll find what you’re looking for at Murray the Monster Store.com.
In addition to being a wife and the owner of Murray the Monster Store.com I am also a new mom to a 20 month old little boy. For months I’ve been searching in my local sewing store for cute, stylish patterns I could sew for my little guy. And while you can find tons of patterns and tutorials for little girls, the selection for boys is depressingly sparse.
Luckily there are allot of creative Moms out there, just check out what I found on the Web!
This is an absolutely timeless hat that reminds me of a by gone era. Imagine how dapper your little man would look in this creation during the holidays. The designer of the pattern states that it is appropriate for a 4-6 year old, but I plan on trying to resize it for my son. And to be completely economical, I’ll be re purposing an old pair of wool pants as the fabric. Click HERE to view the complete tutorial.
Another great idea, why not make toddler pants out of old tee shirts. I’m always looking for really comfy clothes for my son to play in so this is a great project! To view this tutorial just click HERE.
Still not feeling inspired? Well why not try making a pair of shorts for your little guy.
This highly detailed tutorial shows how to make boys shorts from mens’ dress
shirts . To view it just click HERE.