Sewing for Charity Part 1, Softies for Mirabel

November 9, 2007 at 10:51 am 7 comments

I have been doing a lot of sewing lately. Some of it has been to make gifts, some of it just for fun. As the holidays approach, I think a lot about how I can use my time and talent to help others. I know, we should think this way all year. But when the holidays roll around, it serves as a good reminder to me that not everyone is as fortunate as I have been. Especially, and most unfortunately, many children don’t have the love and support that I did when I was growing up. The holidays are probably a time when kids really need something to lift their spirits. I’ll write more on this topic later, but I am a big believer in the idea that little things can make a huge difference in the way people see the world, and as a result can send their lives in a totally new direction. You never know when that will happen, so you just need to keep trying to make a difference.

These thoughts had me searching the internet for a way to put my sewing hobby to a good use, and I found a great website, Meet Me at Mikes. The good folks at Meet Me at Mikes are doing a really cool thing– they started a campaign called Softies for Mirabel. They are collecting handmade stuffed animals for the Mirabel Foundation, a group that helps children affected by their parents’ substance abuse. Meet Me at Mikes is a shop located in Richmond, Victoria, Australia… so keep in mind that if you make something for them, you’ll need to send it to Australia. They will be displaying all the donations in their shop window for a while (hopefully inspiring more donations!) and then in early December they will donate them to the Mirabel Foundation to be distributed to the children. Check out their Flickr page and see some of the wonderful work that’s already been done.

Last week, I shipped off this cutie:

I’m on my way to Softies for Mirabel!

It’s exciting for me to think about where he might end up. He’ll be half a world away for the holidays this year– and hopefully making some little girl or boy happy.

I’m still on the lookout for more charity sewing projects, so please leave me a comment or a link if you know of any good ones. Thanks for reading!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Caitlin  |  November 9, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    That’s extremely cute! Welcome to blogland, I’m new too!

  • 2. bittycakes  |  November 9, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks, Caitlin! I’m still trying to figure certain things out… for example, I don’t *think* there’s a link anywhere to your new blog (or if there is, I can’t find it!) If you pass it along, I’ll check it out!

    Also, I don’t know how to leave a link to *my* blog when I comment on someone else’s… can anyone tell me how?? …TIA….

  • 3. Magik Quilter  |  November 10, 2007 at 12:46 am

    Hi, Bittycakes. My son is a whiz at this stuff. He said what you want is to make your name link back to your blog. To do that you can go to Dashboard > Users > Your Profile > Website and enter your blog’s address.

    Gorgeous little fellow you made.

  • 4. bittycakes  |  November 10, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Thank you so much, Magic Quilter!!! That is so helpful!!!

  • 5. Caitlin  |  November 10, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    You should be able to click on my name and be taken to my site. Otherwise it’s :)

  • 6. Carla  |  November 19, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Hi there! What a fun new blog! I’m very excited to share our charity sewing drive with you and your readers!!! I’m giving you the official press release below, but please visit our website to see for yourself!

  • 7. bittycakes  |  November 19, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Carla. The patterns on your site look great, and Toys for Tots is a great cause!!


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