Ship day for my kits for Days for Girls International

29 Apr

I read about  this organization in this month’s issue of Oprah magazine.  As a four-year supporter of Helping Hands Touching Hearts (see earlier blog posts); Days for Girls International has a strong appeal to me.  They take part of the service work and support to a new level with an expanded mission.  With five years experience, they have incorporated “lessons learned” in their “crowd-sourced” global system.

The official website of Days for Girls International. Dignity, health, opportunity. Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. Washable sanitary solutions for women.

The website is very well done.  Initially, I spent an hour reading, exploring links and watching You Tube video instruction.  My first step was to go through the remnant stash (from over 50 girls dresses).  From the small remnants, I yielded (69) 4″X5″ pocket pieces.  From the medium remnants, I yielded (10) sets of liner pieces.  From the trip to JoAnn’s, I purchased 10 yards of flannel in 4 different color/patterns.

The instructions from the website smartly includes downloadable patterns and video instruction of the finished kit.  Eight washable pads go with two washable liners, one panty and one wash cloth.  The quality expectation is for the kit to last an individual girl for three years.  It is also expected to be colorful, beautiful and neatly packed in a gallon size Ziplock bag inside a pretty drawstring bag.  Lovely!

It's a start

It’s a start!

I added another 11 yards of flannel, more of my fabric stash, PUL and lots of thread.

Shipping 22 DfGI kits

Shipping 22 DfGI kits

My first shipment includes 22 wash cloths, 22 drawstring bags in 3 different fabrics, 44 liners with wings and 88 pockets and most importantly….176 tri-fold flannel pads in 8 different colors.

The “polar vortex” winter created opportunities to make a lot of progress for one woman with one sewing machine in her cozy attic sewing room.  There were over runs on a each of the items sooo….the next shipment in the works.


5 Responses to “Ship day for my kits for Days for Girls International”

  1. pimla15 April 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Such bright, colorful fabrics! And such a wonderful organization!

  2. Amelia April 30, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    Fleece? I thought the instructions call for 100% cotton/ quilters fabric and 100%cotton flannel for the liners and PUL fabric to be used in the shield.
    IF you did use fleece, it is not as absorbent.

    • elfcroft April 30, 2014 at 8:52 am #

      You are right. I used flannel and have corrected the text. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

  3. Paula June 11, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Thank you so much for your beautiful contribution and for helping to spread the word with your blog! Days For Girls is made up of hundreds of people like yourself, working separately or working in teams to change girls lives, one kit at a time!
    Paula David
    Days For Girls Nova Scotia

    • elfcroft June 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

      It is my pleasure. I have a small start on a second shipment.

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