About one year ago, Melanie from Sewing For Scarlett emailed me requesting some fabric for her service project in the Bronx. She told me she was working with her church to teach teenagers to sew and she needed fabric. I didn't know Melanie, but her project sounded useful and I always have some fabric around, so I sent her some. I think I even found some notions lying around as well.
Last month, she sent me pictures of some of the girls and their projects.
Melanie told me she got involved through her church (LDS Church) and was assigned to work with the female teenage youth. Most of these girls are from single-parent low-income households and Melanie observed how they lacked the opportunities she had as a child, including sewing, baking and cooking with her mother. Her goal was to introduce them to sewing and give them enough basic skills so that they could continue on their own if they wanted. She is the wife of a graduate student on a tight budget, so she asked some online fabric companies to donate fabrics. Sew Mama Sew, Fat Quarter Shop and jcaroline creative! did, Melanie put together the projects and look at what the girls created!
Melanie emailed, "You made a difference in several girls' lives in the Bronx." Well, I think she did most of the hard work, but I'm so glad to see the results.
Which has gotten me to thinking about what I could do in my community along the same lines. Sewing or any kind of crafting could be a great outlet for children that don't have those opportunities at home. I think their sense of accomplishment would be a great esteem-builder as well. So, I'm putting it out there and I expect you to keep me honest-- my goal is to do something in the next year that shares what I know about sewing and crafting with people who would enjoy it and wouldn't otherwise be exposed. Do you want to join me? If you do, email me and let me know what you are doing. I'll keep you posted on what project I come up with.