Friday, April 11, 2014

Sew Good Goods

Combine a traditional skill, socializing, and compassionate giving and you get Sew Good Goods.

Sew Good Goods is a Twin Cities based non-profit organization that provides materials and instructions to any individual or group who wishes to sew bibs, receiving blankets, or pillowcases. These are then collected and distributed to those in need, both locally and abroad.

Whether you are a novice or expert sewer or somewhere in between, you can participate in creating beautiful items for children around the world to enjoy. We take for granted the mile high shelves and dozens of aisles of baby items of every shape and size begging to be purchased at Babies R Us. We register at multiple locations for the perfect matching baby items to complete our nurseries. We pack our bags in advance for the hospital stay with a cute take-the-baby-home outfit, nuks, blankets, burp cloths, etc. We buy, accumulate, donate, pass on, replace, cherish, and store bins and more bins of items to clothe and comfort our little ones.

In some places, mothers don't bring even a blanket to wrap up their newborn - apparently it is considered bad luck to come prepared in that way.

Sew Good Goods provides the opportunity for young and old to sew and donate items to those in need.

All you do is ask for a "kit". You can request to sew bibs, blankets, or pillowcases. Each kit comes with easy to follow instructions, material (some pre-cut), and thread. You provide the time, a sewing machine, and skill.

This is a great activity for one to just have on hand and do in those spare moments, or it can be a fun group activity for a birthday party or service project. There is no requirement for how it comes together - you can decide the timing and who helps get it done.

I have made pillowcases and blankets so far and each of my kids has helped in some fashion. Even a little help with ironing counts!

Sew Good Goods has also hosted mitten/scarf making events and a children's birthday party at which the guests made one pillowcase to donate and one to keep.

Follow them on facebook and check our their website for more information!

Giving through sewing is a wonderful experience!

1 comment:

Dianne said...

Anna just finished 5 blankets...and we are getting more. It is a worthwhile project as you so aptly explained. Thanks!