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Go and Sew

27 Jul

Upstairs set up…great in the winter

Brother CS6000

Downstairs set up…great in the summer

Downstairs

Amazon “Deal of the Day” for my new Brother CS6000i gave me the opportunity to set up a sewing station at my home away from home to sew more reversible, tri-fold, top-stitched flannel pads for Days for Girls International…and whatever Mom may come up with ūüėČ

For more information on the extraordinary work of Days for Girls International:

https://www.daysforgirls.org

Supporting volunteers in Iowa who support Days for Girls International!

21 Feb

Elfcroft’s last shipment was divided between church, university and women’s groups to be delivered to Ghana, Guatemala and Uganda as complete kits. ¬†Pads and liners are the most labor intensive items.

https://www.daysforgirls.org

39 more "sets" of 8 tri-fold flannel pads ready to ship!

One plus 39 more “sets” of 8 tri-fold flannel pads ready to ship!

Total of 80 shields with PUL lining to support 40 kits.

Total of 80 shields with PUL lining to support 40 kits.

 

 

 

Priority: Days for Girls International

10 Jan

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Yes, dear Eve (office assistant) we are ready to ship liners and pads to the Days for Girls International Chapter in Iowa…but the box is not BIG enough.

FYI Elfcroft’s 2016 contributions were included in kits assembled in Iowa then distributed to communities in Uganda, Ghana, Haiti and Swaziland.

Our first 2017 shipment has 320 tri-fold, reversible, top stitched flannel pads….

Featuring bold, bright, varied color and patterns

Featuring bold, bright, varied color and patterns

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Liners stacked 10 high. Polyurethane laminate or PUL middle. Pockets to insert pad. Wings will have snap installed at assembly location.

Plus Liners (stacked 10 high) with polyurethane laminate or PUL middle and pockets to insert folded pad. Wings will have a snap installed at assembly location.

These components are put in draw string bags with (2) pairs of panties, wash cloth, soap, and (2) ziplock gallon size freezer bags to help washing.  The design intention is for each kit to be reused over a three-year time frame.

http://www.daysforgirls.org

Just one of many reasons¬†Days for Girls International is so important…

http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/lens/2017/01/05/in-nepal-monthly-exile-for-women/?_r=0&referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

 

International Day of the Girl Child (United Nations)

11 Oct

October 11, 2016:  International Day of the Girl Child

Let girls be girls! ¬†United Nations Women’s website identifies child marriage as a global problem thrwarting women’s development mentally (education is suspended), physically (bear children too early) and spiritually (vulnerable to violence).

http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/girl-child

Every day is a day for girl power @ Days for Girls International.

http://www.daysforgirls.org/day-of-the-girl

Days for Girls International developed reusable feminine hygiene kits (in bright colors and bold patterns) produced and delivered via crowdsourcing. ¬†Check out DfGI 2015’s annual report…the photos are amazing:

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Elfcroft has shipped components supporting 195 kits since 2014.  Plus, we have a head start on a 2017 shipment.  Check out a sample of the work:

Homestretch stitching for 2016 Shower Caddie project

12 Jul

Less than 5 of 72 shower caddies to complete for the ladies at Wheeler Mission for Women and Children.  The shower caddies will be functional gift bags filled with personal care products this Christmas.

We had a jump start this year with a donation of outdoor fabric in the form of new (rejected) cushion covers. ¬†The cushion cover seams were ripped and the fabric cut and sewn into 15 of the 72 caddies. ¬†The caddies are cylindrical bags with four external flared pockets. ¬†The bottom has three button-hole slits for the occasions water needs to drain. ¬†The handles are top stitched. ¬†Each caddie is made from one third yard of 54″outdoor fabric purchased from fabricguru.com.Showercaddie_encore_IMG_20160409_094804363 copyIMG_20160421_144050693_HDR copy

 

 

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No fooling…that’s a LOT of love

1 Apr
Shipping 80 liners and 320 flannel pads to Days for Girls International

Shipping 80 liners and 320 flannel pads to Days for Girls International

Enough to complete 40 kits!  Liners have wings with snaps, reinforced pockets and PUL (polyurethane laminate) middle.  Flannel pads are reversible, tri-fold with top-stitching.  The design intent is for three years use.

My favorite color/pattern combos

My favorite color/pattern combos from this shipment

Back side of liners

Back side of liners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers provide their materials (often). ¬†For me, the joy of sewing comes from playing with the colors and patterns…..the bolder and brighter the better.

It's awesome how many gazillion graphic designs there are for butterflies.

It’s awesome how many gazillion graphic designs there are for butterflies.

http://www.daysforgirls.org

 

 

Gallery

Sew while the garden is dormant

27 Jan

40 yoga mat bags!  with phone pocket, drawstring and shoulder strap.

Inspired by the bold colors of the yoga mats, this project took on a life of its own. ¬†The colors and bold patterns of the fabrics are delightful. ¬†Now many months since the start, 40 yoga mats with bags are ready for delivery to Sheltering Wings. ¬†I even have a few left in my stash for yoga enthusiasts who I have not met yet. ūüôā

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Many More Colors

19 Jan

Many more colors…

These 80 liners plus 320 reversible tri-fold flannel pads (featured in last week’s post) provide the labor intensive items for 40 kits distributed by Days for Girls International.

http://www.daysforgirls.org

The maroon/chartreuse plaid and graphic bird fabrics were not so cute as separate remnants….I love these fabrics together as liners.

Many colors

12 Jan

Many kits of many colors….I remember a song…about Many Colors….a “Coat of Many Colors” recorded in 1971 by Dolly Parton.

And oh I couldn’t understand it, for I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love my momma sewed in every stitch
And I told ’em all the story momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors was worth more than all their clothes

Reversible, tri-fold flannel pads. Enough for 8 pads to go into 24 kits.

Reversible, tri-fold flannel pads. Enough for 8 pads to go into 24 kits.

The song concludes with Dolly Parton singing the moral of her story:

But they didn’t understand it, and I tried to make them see
One is only poor, only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money, but I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors my momma made for me

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_Many_Colors_(song)

Volunteers for Days for Girls International are like mothers to girls all around the world needing dignity every day of the month by making menstrual hygiene kits with bold, bright colors.

These kits are made with love by thousands of volunteers around the world or by local women filling the need for their own community. Quality matters because women and girls depend on this product, and kits have to endure frequent washing in harsh conditions.

Q: Does it really matter how they look?
A: Yes, because she not only will count on it, she will often have it with her. No, it doesn’t have to be beautiful to be functional, but she notices and appreciates when the kit is beautiful and that helps break shame and stigma.
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From: Days for Girls International  http://www.daysforgirls.org/#!whats-in-a-kit/c623

As I pack my finished liners (made with PUL, pockets, wings and snaps) with 8 reversible, tri-fold, topstitched flannel pads…my goal is to have 12 different color and/or patterned fabrics bundled for each kit…three different fabrics used making each liner, eight different fabrics for the pads plus the twelfth fabric for the bag the kit is packed in.

Dolly Parton said and sang it best…that is RICH!

Follow up Friday Photos: IChing No. 63 and 64

20 Nov

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I Ching No. 63 After Completion

The Elf in Elfcroft has the sewing machine humming making functional gift bags. ¬†These gift bags are also known as shower caddies to be given to the women residents of Wheeler Mission this Christmas. ¬†I used outdoor fabric (water and mildew resistant) from www.fabricguru.com. ¬†Four outer pockets surround the center opening. ¬†25 yards (54″width) made 75 shower caddies.

Ready for delivery

Ready for delivery

I Ching No. 64 Before Completion

The last two years we filled back packs with socks, gloves, scarves, etc.  Several years before that we filled tote bags.  Our choice this year are these homemade bags.  Bath products to fill the shower caddies will be provided by friends and coworkers.

I read a comment that there was an error with the I Ching translation. ¬†“Before Completion” should be 63 and “After Completion” should be 64. ¬†This is not an error. ¬†Completion in this case refers to work. ¬†The interesting concept ¬†is that work-in-process (WIP) has multiple completions. ¬†I could have chosen to show rolls of fabric for “Before” and the finished shower caddies as “After”. ¬†BOLO for a future post with the empty caddies as the “Before” and filled with gifts “After.

And here you have it!  I Ching No. 63 Another After Completion