Charity Sewing – Doggy Bag Key Ring Holders

During the week I created my first charity project for the year, creating 10 x Doggy Bag Key Ring Holders and added the poo bags to give to the Animal Welfare League, Queensland.

I wanted this to be something other people could get involved with so I created a pattern and sewing instruction PDF download. The pattern also comes with the Lipstick Holder design and instructions.

They have the most amazing facilities and rehome all animals they take in. I’ve visited the Animal Welfare League a few years ago and found out that they pick up animals from the RACQ that are about to be put down (those that can be rehomed) and will keep them until they find their furever home. They also survive mostly from donations from people and businesses.

One generous lady bequested the AWL in her will, so they were able to create this incredible inside facility for cats to be comfortable until they find their furever home.

Even the puppies had a large room with toys, beds and volunteers come by multiple times each week to take them for beach runs down at the Gold Coast!

If you want to get involved, the animal welfare league takes all kinds of donations. Anything you want to sew you can drop off directly to any of their locations or the Op Shop stores.

To find out more visit The Animal Welfare League Queensland (or any of the interstate locations). Otherwise, if you’re looking for your next furbaby maybe consider finding one at the Animal Welfare League. There were so many precious little souls waiting to be loved by their new owners.

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Australian Bush Fires – How to Help

Everyone has seen the devastating fires that are tearing through parts of Australia destroying homes, lives and millions of animals. We are being confronted with upsetting and sad news on a daily basis from TV, social media and even just looking outside to see the haze of smoke drifting into parts of Australia that aren’t even close to the fires.

They have said the best thing to do is to donate money to any of the main charities including NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services (WIRES), Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, WWF, The Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross, Vinnies, Celeste Barber Facebook Fundraiser, NSW Rural Fire Service or the VIC Country Fire Association.

However, if you want to get crafty and make something that will help the animals that are now in care suffering burns, injuries or displaced from the fires then check out the Animal Rescue Craft Guild Facebook page. They are taking a range of donations showing which products are in vital need and what products they don’t need. They also include tutorials and shipping information on where to send them to. They are asking to make things from your fabric stash or try to choose second hand or recycled materials to be eco friendly.

My mum and I made over 50 mittens which were sent to NSW Koala’s in Care last December but the fires have only got worse over the Christmas period. It’s so great to see sewing bloggers and facebook groups getting involved and donating whatever they can.

I found the pattern for the mittens from the IFAW website shown below.

I’m not going to add more confronting imagery to upset you but these are the amazing little creatures that make up so much of what is great about Australia. We don’t want to lose them, so please help us if you can!

Lots of love Erin xx

Charity Sewing – Laundry Bag

This post is dedicated to Aussie Heroes – A blog encouraging people to make quilts and laundry bags for Aussie service men and women currently serving overseas, and to express our gratitude for their service.

The project is to sew a laundry bag themed for service men, since that’s what they are currently needing. So, I had a look on Pinterest (as you do) and came up with this design below. It’s almost designed to look like a punching bag!

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I used my ScanNCut machine to cut out the words LAUNDRY and then used the Iron on Flex Transfer to simply iron this onto the laundry bag.

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If you’re interested in creating one of these Laundry bags you can go to Aussie Heroes and they give you all the information in donating. This project was created at a time where they needed lots of bags but the majority of the laundry bags are made to match requests submitted by the sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen who will receive them.

So it’s best to understand the list of requirements before starting or simply contact them before you start your bag.

Happy sewing!