26 May

Indianapolis has hosted the 500 mile Indy Car Race on Memorial Day weekend for over 100 years!


Just as predictable as Race Day…are peonies in bloom on Race Day

I’m thinking of 500 for another reason….as I near completion of 5,000 items for Days for Girls International.

Each Days for Girls kit has 11 sewn items made by volunteers around the world.  Days for Girls delivers feminine hygiene kits globally.

I have volunteered since 2014.  After some months, I chose to concentrate on making the reversible trifold flannel pads and the top stitched shields with pockets, wings and PUL (polyurethane laminate).  (The drawstring bags, seen in most DfGI photos, make the 11th sewn item for each kit.)  Volunteer’s choice!

In my case, focusing on pads and shields…

4,000 pads (8/kit) and 1,000 shields (2/kit) means that I have supported 500 kits with 91% of the sewn content.

(Purchased items include panties, wash cloth, soap, ziplock freezer bags.)

Sewing includes purchasing your materials (some donated).

4,000 pads:  I get 10/yard.  Drum roll…400 yards of flannel

1,000 shields:  6.5/yard (front, back and 2 pockets)…150 yards of cotton print

1,000 shields also require lining (60″w)…40 yards of PUL

I have 54 empty spools that had 500 yds ea …27,000 yards of thread

It is a pleasure to support DfGI’s mission to support every girl PERIOD.



4 Responses to “*500*”

  1. oldmanatwork May 27, 2019 at 8:56 am #

    Nice post a pic one.

  2. oldmanatwork May 27, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    Nice post I like it

  3. Jan May 30, 2019 at 9:32 pm #

    Amazing!!!! What a change you have made in SO many girls lives who you will never meet.
    What a blessing you are. I’m sure the work has blessed you as well.
    The numbers just floor me!
    This is a legacy you are sharing.

    • elfcroft May 31, 2019 at 7:00 am #

      Thank you! Both my grandmothers were quilters. My longtime career was in a factory of concrete and steel. I love the opportunity to work with colors and patterns of fabric of my choosing…then send it out in the world to help girls!

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