We have been sew very busy this month!
Our chapter of the American Sewing Guild and A Stitch Connection (Viking-Husqvarna dealer) where I teach classes partnered together to sew "Cool Ties" and "Helmet Kisses" to send to the US Military in Iraq. This is known as "The Hugs Project".
Our goal was to sew 1000 of the ties and kisses to send for Christmas. We believe we have met that goal at last count. . ties and kisses are still coming in.
We also asked volunteers who helped us sew to write a personal note to tuck in with each tie or kiss. We put the instructions on how to use the tie on a label on one side of a 3x5 card. On the reverse side, we ask folks to write a personal note and sign it.
The response has been overwhelming. Kids and Grandpas have written the most moving notes to our soldiers. Even the local police and mall shoppers of all ages are writing notes and helping us to sew.
All the fabrics, moisture pellets that go inside the ties, sewing machines, supplies, time and effort have been donated.
This has definitely been a worthwhile and fun project. We will all have a better Christmas because of it.
We plan to continue the project even after we meet our goal because so many people want to help. Florida Gulf Coast University students and many home school students have taken this on as a community service project where they not only get credit for their service, but learn how to sew at the same time.
It's a win win situation for all.
Click here to learn more about the Hugs Project.
Go here for instructions on how to sew a cool tie.
Cool ties are great gifts for loved ones at home, too. Remember that they can be warm or cool.
Granma might like one for her stiff neck. I plan to sew them for my husband's golfing buddies this Christmas. This might be a great stocking stuffer gift for most anyone.
Have fun sewing cool ties. It just makes sense!
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