Opportunities to Give Back
St. Louis sewists are dedicated to contributing their talents to the community. Scroll down to see recent projects, and opportunities to get involved.
Fabric Donations to Charity Sharity
Charity Sharity is a St. Louis-based organization that accepts donations of fabric and sewing supplies and makes it available to local groups for community service sewing projects. Donations are now collected at the City Sewing Room. There is a designated grey storage unit on the side of City Sewing /room for your donations. PLEASE ONLY drop off on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Donation slips will be in the storage unit. The volunteer fabric sorters come on Mondays and they cannot have the fabric outside in the weather all week. For large items, please email City Sewing Room or Charity Sharity.
Duffel Bags for Foster Care
This year, our chapter is continuing to sew duffel bags for children entering foster care. If you would like materials for a bag, or need to turn in a finished bag, email Judy Finck.
Food Pantry Totes
In 2017, the City Sew-Ers embarked on an ambitious community service project of sewing reusable food totes for two food pantries in Webster Groves, and the response has been terrific. Rene Howard delivered 72 tote bags to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. Their director was quite pleased to receive this gift for their food pantry which serves approximately 50 families each month, primarily through Webster Rock Hill Ministries. Instructions for making the totes can be found here.
Benrus Surgical at Barnes-Jewish St. Peter is in need of Anti-Ouch Pouches. Whenever someone is having a mastectomy, they are given an Anti-Ouch Pouch. The patients love them. They especially like the bright colors and cheery designs. Instructions for making the pouches here. Contact: Teri Notorangelo, 6 Jungermann Circle, Suite 205 St. Peters, Missouri 63376; 636-229-4776; Teri.Notorangelo@bjc.org
Several local charitable groups have requested tote bags on an ongoing basis to carry supplies and food to the needy. You can help out by making totes! Use your favorite pattern, or the pattern here to make totes from any medium weight fabric. To turn in your finished bag, or request fabric to use, email Judy Finck.
Items and Time for Local Hospice
Caris Healthcare, a hospice agency serving Saint Louis and Saint Charles counties, let us know that they would happily accept donations such as walker bags, blankets, or other sewn items. This could be a resource for neighborhood groups and individuals planning their upcoming community service activities. For more information, see their flyer here.
Doll Clothes Needed
Do you have fabric scraps that you could turn into doll clothes? Do you enjoy making doll clothes but don’t have anyone to give them to? Chapter member Karen Vehlwald sews clothes for 18″ dolls, gathers the outfits into little bundles, and gives them to kids in need. If you’d like to contribute doll clothes, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In January, the Sew Amused Stitchers neighborhood group hosted a sew-in to make walker bags for residents of Delmar Gardens West. We had a great time and were able to leave them with 24 walker bags, plus several more in-progress that we will deliver soon. Two of the residents came in to get their bags and were very excited to receive them!
Blankets for Ronald McDonald House
Fashion, Fabric, and Friends routinely collects fleece and flannel blankets, and personal size toiletries for the Ronald McDonald House. Blankets of any size are be accepted, but 45" by 1.5-2 yd, or 60" by 1.25 yard are convenient sizes. Just be sure to pre-wash your fleece or flannel. Bring your items to a Fashion, Fabric, and Friends meeting, or email Leslie Becker.
Some-Bunny Needs Us
The House Rabbit Society of Missouri is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing abandoned domestic rabbits operates a shelter in Fenton. Each bunny has a large crate as his house with a soft fabric pad placed on the plastic floor of the crate. The Society has a couple of volunteers who sew pads for them but they are desperate for more. They have about 140 rabbits in the shelter and also sell pads to rabbit owners for income. The Society will supply the fabric, instructions, a sample pad and even the thread. The pads are simple rectangles but they have three layers – two exteriors and a middle. You can only use 100% cotton because bunnies chew and they can digest cotton; synthetic fibers can be deadly.