Wednesday, 12 January 2011

New Beginnings Sewing Kits

Hello my darlings!  I've just read about this appeal and was wondering if you were able to help.  Would you like to make a sewing kit up for someone who has lost everything they own?  It's a pretty simple request really and it would make a huge difference to someone in that position.  A gift from an angel is just what these ladies need at this time.  Here is what I read:

A large part of Australia is under water...the devastating floods have destroyed town upon town, and there is no end in sight for the next month or more. The water is still flooding towns as it makes its way down the country, and more rain is till bucketing down. This is indeed "Queensland's darkest hour" as our state Premier has described it.

The inland tsunami that hit Toowoomba yesterday has left the nation reeling, but no more than the people of Toowoomba with the deaths of children and still over 70 people missing.

The list of towns affected is long. The area of flooding is larger than Texas.  The Gum Tree Designers are asking for your help.  There will be many hundreds of crafters who have lost what is their joy, their hobby. 
In our own small way we want to help, and we need you to come along side with us.  We want to collect, and then distribute, a 'New Beginnings' sewing kit for those who need to start over with their craft. We will be posting the kits in bulk to the various quilting groups in each town.

This is what we'd like in each kit:

1. A handmade sewing caddy, complete with needlebook and pincushion.

2. A pack of embroidery scissors with a scissor keep.

3. Six individual skeins of stranded embroidery threads.

4. Embroidery needles.

5. 1 fat quarter of fabric.

If you can help, please email Jenny at -  jennyofelefantz AT yahoo DOT com DOT au for the address in Australia to post these kits to.

Fee is going to make some drawstring bags to put the kits in, but if you can put your kit inside one you have made that will be even better.

Please share this appeal on your blogs and link back to this post!

Some free online patterns for sewing caddies can be found at -

Helen's blog HERE HERE

Maureen's blog HERE

Marcus Brothers HERE

Thank you my dears.


'Joyce' said...

Sarah, you are an angel. This is what I have been looking for. Thank you will share it on my blog right now. I am also trying to put up on my madeit store part proceeds of sales to go to the flood relief. I think it will be the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal, this money will go straight to QLD. I just need to get my page sorted and link to the Appeal. Thank you again. It is just shocking to see and feel so helpless.

Nikki said...

Sarah, hows your inlaws house? Hope they are ok? Do they know of any families who have been affected by the flood that are in need of clothes or toys. Myself along with many others want to help but they don't want people dropping stuff off. So if they know of anyone can you let me know. I feel so sorry for all these people... just devastating.
Thanks for your well wishes, hard to believe that were having our first week of sunshine and the city is flooding :(