Refugee Sewing Project

I don’t normally comment openly on my feelings about things politically, but this week news of the Refugee Crisis has been overwhelming. I wanted to do something to support people facing this awful situation, but most of the volunteer organisations here in Frankfurt are actually overwhelmed with clothes, food and volunteers (how great is that?! Go Germany!)

What I did find however is this lovely project  – Mini Decki! The aim of project Mini Decki is to provide every refugee child with their own fleecy cuddle blanket. The blankets are supposed to be a symbol of comfort and safety and let the children know they are welcome in Germany.

In order to achieve this, the project is collecting fabric to turn in to patchwork loveliness at a group sewing event. As I can’t attend the event as I will be away with work, I wanted to make a contribution by sewing something at home. I whipped up these cute little fleecy snuggle pillows with a pinwheel design using the Missouri Quilt Company’s easy pinwheel tutorial.  

I’ve attached the pin wheels to some fleece to make a lovely snuggly comforter pillow.

I’m really pleased with how these turned out and can’t wait to take them to my local quilt shop, Quiltmanufaktur, to be added to the supplies that will be going to refugee children here near Frankfurt.

I really want to make some more of these using some of my cute animal print fabrics, as I think they will be much more children friendly, but unfortunately today I ran out of stuffing 😦 So tomorrow I am off to purchase stuffing and then maybe later this week there will be a part II to this post! Happy sewing people!

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Make Your Own Scissor Pouch

   
This week I started my first sewing class and the lady sat opposite me had a rather attractive scissor pouch. On deciding that I too need an attractive scissor pouch (like having a cool pencil case on your first day at school!), I set about making one! 

Seeing as I feel all autumnal at the moment, I decided this would be a great time to use my owl fabric and this lovely tree print … I was tempted to use some lovely catch kidston style florals, but I’d sort of promised those to my mum so I showed some restraint! 

  
This is a great project for using up any cute prints that you have and suitable for quilting cotton or even an old pillow case. 

If you would like to make your own tie scissor pouch (owls optional), you will need: 

  • Two fat quarters in complimentary prints or colours or two pieces of fabric 18″ x 22″
  • Matching or contrast thread (let your creative juices run wild)
  • A hot iron
  • A chopstick (or similar long instrument for poking and turning) 

  

  1. Give your two fat quarters a good press to remove any creases
  2. Lay your two fat quarters right sides together 
  3. Place your scissors on the bottom right hand corner of your fat quarter one and half inches from the selvedge. Measure one and a half inches to the other side of your scissors (got to make sure they will fit in your finished pouch!) and draw a straight line along this measurement
  4. Cut straight up through your two fat quarters – you should now have two matching rectangles! 
  5. Pin your two rectangles together and then sew carefully all the way around the edges with a 3/8 seam allowance in straight stitch. Don’t forget to leave a gap for turning in the top of the pouch and to back stitch whenever you start and stop sewing! 
  6. Turn your square of fabric inside out through the opening and with a chop stick poke out the corners and seams so they are nice and square. 
  7. Give your new double sided fabric rectangle a good press with a hot iron.
  8. As if you were folding an A4 sheet of paper in to thirds for posting in a letter envelope, fold up the bottom third of your fabric. Press along the fold.
  9. After pinning this third in place, stitch a row of straight stitching down each side, one inch from the edge of the fabric. Don’t forget to backstitch at both ends! 
  10. You now have a cute fold over pouch! Next step – making the ties! From your remaining fat quarter fabric, lay right sides together and cut two long strips by cutting from the bottom of your fat quarter to the top. They should each be about 18inches long and about 4 inches wide.
  11. Pin each set of strips right sides together and sew all around the edges as you did with your main pouch, using 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave one end open for turning.
  12. With the aid of your chopstick, turn your ties right sides out and give them a good press. 
  13. Fold the open end in on itself (as if you were sewing a hem) to hide the open seams and press to secure in place. 
  14. Attach your ties to the pouch. Open your pouch and place your ties on the inside of the flap in the middle. Make sure to use the tie ends which you have just pressed (where the opening for turning was). Pin in place. From the outside of the pouch, stitch in place. Back stitch and forward stitch on this line of stitching to secure tightly.
  15. You’re done!! Put your scissors and any other bits and bobs in your new pouch and tie in a bundle like so ….

  
 
16. Feel smug about your pouch making prowess! Feel free to share your pouch and tag @amyjune2015 #makeamymake #scissorpouchbonanza

I hope you enjoy making this one as much as I did guys! Let me know how it goes if you do decide to make one and any improvements to the instructions that may be required. Next time there will definitely be step by step pictures for starters!