#300pencilcasesforAfrica update

Hello All,

It snowed, yay!!! well maybe a centimetre or two but thats good enough for me, still counts!

Just thought I’d give you an update on how we are doing with the #300pencilcasesforafrica 

I put out a call for any sewers to help me out on my quest to give the kiddlings in Kenya a real treat.

I was so touched by the response. I had the wonderful soisewedthis regram and constantly plug the efforts. As a result the lovely Cathy made 10 of the most beautiful pencil cases along with her daughter.

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The very same soisewedthis made a whopping 25 cases that are winging their way to me as I type. They are so gorgeous with fun linings.

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I have also had a lady that I know knock up 20 in a day!! Can’t wait to see those! And another from my children’s school making another 20! And not forgetting two of my lovely friends Dawn and Katy coming over to help me bash out as many as we can on Thursday.

Here are my humble offerings although I am still sewing like a maniac to get another 100+ finished by this Saturday.

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So people, the running total is an amazing 159!!!! So we are well on the way to achieving the 300 needed.

God bless you people for the lovely comments, the help, the prayers or just for looking. Have a great day!

SOS!!! 300 Pencil Cases needed ASAP for Africa

Hi you lot,

Here is another plea and it’s quite an ask!

My little church sponsors a school in Kenya. It’s called the fountain school and has over 300 kids that visit every day. Some of these kids get their one and only meal of the day at this school. We were so excited to be able to raise funds to buy a cow and also to replace their sub standard kitchen. Here’s the old Kitchen and the cow.

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They could only feed a restricted amount of kiddlings with the kitchen above but can now feed every child that is at school, woohoo!!!!

Every time our Pastor goes over (every year) he and his family take over as many supplies as they can fit into their suitcases. Here they are with some much loved chocolate they got last year.

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This year we are supplying the school with stationery and pencil cases. We are a tiny church and can’t really afford 300 pencil cases etc. So I am asking for all you that sew to help me out! I am trying to sew as many pencil cases as I can and I was hoping some of you clever people out there could sew some as well. Then we can get them all together and send them off with our Pastors in February. That’s right guys, we only have about 2 1/2 weeks to pull this off! 300 pencil cases in just over 3 weeks!!!!

After you have made what you can, I am happy to pick up anywhere in London. Simply email me at ladysewful@gmail.com and let me know where to pick up. Or if you are sending from anywhere else email me and I will give you my address.

I have included a tutorial for my super easy zipped pencil case. Its not lined and does not have to be perfect, just functional.

Cut two pieces of oil cloth or sturdy fabric such as denim 23cm across x 13cm length. You can use a zip 25cm or more.

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Put your zipper foot on. If you don’t know what that is her’s a picture of mine for my Brother machine. Yours may be different according to your machine.

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Place one side of the zip face down at the very edge of the fabric length wise.

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Sew along the edge. I like to use colourful zips so I try to show as much of the zip as possible. To do this I sew quite far away from the zipper teeth. Note how the zip is facing down. You also want the zip pull to be facing the right side of the fabric.

You now want to sew the other side of the zip onto the right side of the second piece. Place the zip and sew in the same way.

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I  like to top stitch both sides now just because I like it, but if you have sewn far away enough from the zip then it shouldn’t be necessary.

Then put right sides together making sure that the zip is open all the way to the middle of both. Now sew from the zip at the top right hand side of the pencil case and sew all the way around and over the zip on the other side. When you reach the corners, stop maybe half a centimetre away from the end, put your needle down into the fabric and then turn and start on the other side (love that little tip).

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Then you just turn it the right way round and voila! You have made one little munchkin very happy!

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So come on guys! Lets do this! And then we can sit back and enjoy some more smiles like this….

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Adelaide Fires. Sew for the Koala’s!

Hey All, I was born and brought up in Adelaide, South Australia and am no stranger to crazy bush fires. I remember Ash Wednesday like it was yesterday. In Adelaide you can see the hills from the beach with the city being situated in the middle. It really is a very beautiful place. I remember so clearly seeing the Ash Wednesday smoke from the hills in 1983. I stood outside of my house and just watched. I can’t imagine how frightening it must be for all the people concerned  and how sad it is to lose so much. Here is your chance to do something great to help with these latest fires if you are in Oz, or even if you aren’t. If you fancy you can sew some little mittens for the Koala’s who have burnt paws. They are really easy and quick and gives one a feeling of having helped in some way. Here is the article which was sent to me by an old friend in Oz called David (cheers mate). It is for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. The pattern to sew and the address to send your mittens to is at the bottom of the article. Many thanks to IFAW for the use of their photo. Sew for the Koalas!!!!! Please send me any pictures of mittens you make. I would love to see them!

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UPDATE!! THEY HAVE ENOUGH MITTENS AND NOW NEED POUCHES FOR JOEYS. FIND THE LINK HERE. THANKS TO THE LOVELY STITCHER AND GATHERER FOR THE NEW INFO.