EDIT: Read about the awesome impact we made over the course of one week at /sewing-community-gives-2017-summary.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how we can leverage our awesome sewing community for positive change in the world. As I’m sure most of you know, the American presidential inauguration is this week (January 20th) and there have been very divisive feelings in our country regarding differences of political opinion. I know that there have been contentious political events in many countries this past year. I’d like to use the inauguration as an excuse for us as individuals and us as a community to make the statement that, no matter what our political beliefs, we care about each other and we care about our world. We are a community.Sewists believe in making the world a better place. #sewingcommunitygives Click To Tweet
To show that we, as a community of sewists, care about each other and care about the world, I’m asking each of us to pledge a donation this week. Where? It’s up to you. How much? It’s up to you. When? Pledge this week (January 16th-22nd). Give your time or money soon. Find a local or global organization that you believe deserves your support. Whether that means spending an hour at your daughter’s kindergarten or giving $1000 to Doctors Without Borders, it’s up to you. Whatever you do will be a statement that you want to do something positive for your world. It’s a statement that we, as a diverse community, may have differences, but we all believe in sewing and we all believe in making the world a better place.
Fill out this survey to let me know what you’ve pledged (time or money) and I will tally the amount that our sewing community has pledged over the course of a week so we can celebrate the huge impact we can make when we join together! (Please make sure to add your pledge into the survey and not just in the comments so that it’s easier for me to tally everything).
To help encourage participation, and to show their support for our community, 25 awesome independent sewing pattern designers from all over the world (including Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, the Netherlands, and the USA) to have agreed to donate a selection of .pdf sewing patterns as a prize! I’ve bundled the patterns into 5 separate prize packs of 5 designers each so that 5 sewists can win!!! Enter your email address when you make your pledge for a chance to win (it will be anonymized after the survey ends). Prize patterns have been donated by Blue Dot Patterns, Blueprints for Sewing, Closet Case Patterns, Dixie DIY, Fehr Trade, Helen’s Closet, Hey June, How to Do Fashion, Iconic Patterns, Jennifer Lauren Handmade, Made by Rae, Megan Nielsen, MIY Collection, Named, Paprika Patterns, Patterns For Pirates, SeamstressErin Designs, Sew House Seven, Sew Over It, So Zo, Thread Theory, Tribe Patterns, Waffle Patterns, 100 Acts of Sewing, and 5 out of 4.I'm a part of a community. I'm donating to show I care. Please, join me. #sewingcommunitygives Click To Tweet
Want some suggestions about organizations? Here’s a short list of international organizations that I’ve heard about that work to promote causes that are near and dear to our hearts as (mostly) women sewists. I encourage you to seek out more local organizations and please share in the comments if you have suggestions.
International Folk Art Alliance – providing opportunities, education, and clean water to folk artists and their communities
Women for Women – helps marginalized women in areas affected by war & conflict
Clean Clothes Campaign – improving working conditions & empowering garment factory workers
The Sewing Machine Project – internationally provides sewing machines to groups in need, locally provides free sewing classes
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TL;DR We are a community who cares about each other and others. Donate your time or money to show this. Let me know how much you’ve pledged to donate so we can celebrate as a community. Win sewing patterns as a thank you. #sewingcommunitygives
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