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Go and Sew

31 Mar
Brother CS6000

Brother CS6000

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 pads for Days for Girls International…and whatever Mom may come up with ūüėČ

Shuffle the deck

24 Feb

To prepare my third shipment for Days for Girls International, I indulged myself by shuffling “the decks” or stacks/bundles of reversible tri-fold pads to maximize the interest of colors and patterns with a kit. ¬†Eight pads go in each kit. ¬†Eight different colors/patterns were combined fifty times! ¬†Yes for a total of 400 ūüôā ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†www.daysforgirls.org

The deck of reversible tri-fold pads

The deck of reversible tri-fold pads

Color and pattern!

Color and pattern!

400 bagged and boxed

400 bagged and boxed

This shipment is topped off with 50 liners and no two alike.  Each liner has three different fabrics to maximize interest.

 

36 Yards

25 Jan

36 yards of flannel fabric in process to make reversible tri-fold pads for Days for Girls International kits:

DfGI work in process

DfGI work in process

Bright colors preferred!  Each kit has eight pads.  These gallon size Ziplock bags are filled with eight in each.  Colors and patterns will be mixed for greatest interest.

Draw string bags hold the entire kit and includes one panty, one washcloth plus soap and two liners with PUL insert.

http://www.daysforgirls.org

In case of a “Polar Vortex” this month, I was prepared to get a lot of work done. No “Polar Vortex”, however I am further along than I expected. ¬†I bought the 36 yards of flannel, washed it and cut 8″X 9″ squares staging the material in my shipping box. ¬†Each yard makes 10 reversible pads. ¬†The perimeter of the flannel pad is top stitched for durability.

Recycled for latch hook project

Recycled for latch hook project

I chose to cut the corners for 3 to 4 pads at a time immediately before sewing and remove the hypotenuse of the scrap corners for a future latch hook project.

I like working with the bright colors, bold patterns and soft texture of the flannel.

Recycling solutions from the sewing room

17 Dec

I purchased flannel fabric in one to three yard lengths.  Each Days for Girls International kit includes 8 reversible, tri-fold, flannel pads.  My strategy included sewing pads from 8 different colors and patterns for each kit.  Over the course of 2014, I had over 30 types of remnants.   Variation due to cutting, shrinking from washing and fabric width created a significant amount of remnants in strips and block shapes.  My year-end effort recycles these scraps into light weight blankets.

Stripes

Stripes:  18 fabrics in 18 different widths

I chose to have color transitions across the length for the stripe project.  Due to multiple blocks of bold colors for the patchwork layout, I used a random number table for planning.

Blocks

Blocks:  12 fabrics in various widths

Both pieced blankets will be finished with a border and backing.  Nearly four yards of flannel has been recycled!  Now that these projects nearly completed, it will be time to sew kits again in the New Year.

Bonus finding! ¬†Flannel remnants are great for patching/reinforcing sweat pants. ¬†ūüôā

From an earlier post:

The reversible, tri-fold, flannel pads for Days for Girls International have four corners removed for ease of insertion in the liner.  The math is (45) kits X (8) pads X (2) sides X (4) corners = 2880 remnants that filled a couple of shopping bags.

Remnant trimmed

Remnant trimmed

My idea for recycling was to make a small rug or seat cushion.

2880 times I trimmed the hypotenuse of the flannel triangles of 16 different colors and patterns of remnants.

The stash

The stash

The finished product…

Much better

Much better

 

Four examples of what happens when your conscience keeps you from hastily throwing scraps away.  My grandmothers and great grandmothers would be proud.

Global Sew-a-Thon 2014

11 Oct

Days for Girls International celebrates October 11th, International Day of the Girl as designated by the United Nations by sewing, raising awareness and funds, and assembling kits to be distributed across the globe. ¬†This is DfGI’s 2nd annual Global Sew-a-Thon.

www.daysforgirls.org

90% content of 22 kits shipped¬†in April for final assembly. ¬†In the spirit of stitched service, Elfcroft is working on our second shipment. ¬†I have 23 kits in progress for shipment this moment. ¬†Here is a peak at the effort…

DfGI bags

DfGI bags

DfGI_liners_2nd_shipment

Some assembly required for the liners (PUL and pockets)

DfGI_pads_2nd_shipment

Eight flannel tri-fold pads per kit

DfGI_work_in_progress_2nd_shipment

Prepared for sewing flannel pads

 

It is time to SEW!  26 liners to GO!

UPDATE:  Second shipment with 90% of 23 kits is READY.

46 liners to include in 23 kits

46 liners to include in 23 kits

Love to girls in every country on earth.  Elfcroft

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.

www.daysforgirls.org

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.

 

By a thread

3 Mar

My long time friend and fellow blogger Pimla’s Ponderings has started a series on her work spinning from natural fibers and plying. ¬†More to follow. ¬†Check out her work!

Vintage Thread

Vintage Thread

My story:  I realized I had three spools of this green thread and from the label I must have had it for a long time.  Why? Why? Why?  I purchased supplies in 1980 for a Junior Achievement project to make the fabric draft stoppers that go by door frames.  Apparently, green was not a popular color.  I proceeded to use the thread for my current project Days for Girls International.  The thread worked well!

In this age of short self lives and quick obsolescence, it is amazing that 34-year-old thread can work well with a 2010 sewing machine. ¬†Certainly no other products from electronics, photography, most automotive, most building materials, most appliances, writing instruments…well now a good old-fashioned pencil will work. ¬†These gel pens do not work.

Remember gel pens?

Remember gel pens?

Days for Girls International

20 Jan

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.

www.daysforgirls.org

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 fleece 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!