|The 2nd season of Refashion Runway has started over at The Renegade Seamstress. Sew along with your own refashions and vote for your favourites.|
|Kristy, from Hopeful Threads, is teaming up with Dona, from Sewing Miles of Smiles, for Hats Off!.. a sew-along making hats for the patients Dona regularly cares for in her community. Hats can be sewn, crocheted or knitted and in any size from preemie to adult.|
|Softies for Mirabel, is an annual handmade toy drive, helping kids who are affected by parental substance abuse. Toys can be knitted, crocheted or sewn. More details over at Meet Me At Mikes. I missed out last year, but I've asked Erin to make sure I don't forget this year.|
|Season 2 of Project Sewn started on Monday. Run by the girls from Simple Simon & Co, the competition focuses on sewing women's garments. There are four themes, with prizes for both contestants and those sewing along.|
|Sign ups are open... For the Boys Blog Hop, over at Sew We Quilt. Anything and everything BOY. I've signed up for this one.|
|Secret Squirrel is the brainchild of Suz, from Sew Pony and An, from StraightGrain. Secret Squirrel began his journey in Australia, in July and is scheduled to arrive in Belgium, July 2014. Where he will travel is unknown. Open to all...maybe he'll stop with you.|
I'm starting to get the hang of Google+. In fact, much to my surprise, I'm enjoying it. I've joined a few sewing communities. Two in particular are very active...
|The Sewing for Children community, set up by Amy, from SewsNBows, is a place to share children's clothing, toys, décor and accessories. All sewing levels are welcome. Share tips, sewing inspiration, ideas and questions.|
|A Refashion Obsession, is a community for anything Refashion related. As well as running the Google+ community, Irene, from Serger Pepper, also has a group board on Pinterest, the A+ Refashion Obsession: The Mood Board+.|
Speaking of Pinterest, I'm well and truly hooked. 12 months ago, I wondered what all the fuss was about. Now, it has pretty much replaced bookmarks in my browser and I use it as a way of organising future projects. Oh, and I may just spend lots of time looking around. Here's a few fabulous boards I follow and / or contribute to.
|Sewing Tutorials and Tips... 475+ tutorials and tips.|
|Sweet Pouch Swap Inspiration... 460+ zippered pouches, purses, clutches.|
|Fun and Simple Sewing Projects... links to easy beginner sewing projects and sewing tutorials for more advanced sewists.|
|Appliqué Templates... links to some awesome appliqué templates.|
ONGOING charity projects...
|The Fluff Project is all about making stuffed toys for children in foster care. What started as a monthly project, co-ordinated by Kristy, from Hopeful Threads, has now turned into an ongoing drive.|
|The 1st charity drive this year (in addition to making dresses), for Dress a Girl Around the World, Sydney, is 100 Days of Quilting; making quilts for children in Romania. The drive runs until October. Handmade for Charity, is co-ordinating a sew-along in support of 100 Days of Quilting.|
|Days for Girls International: Feminine Hygiene Program... Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. Veronica, at SewVery, brought this one to my attention. Such easy projects we can sew to help these girls retain their dignity.|
|Imagine a world where every little girl owned at least one dress. This is the aim of Dress a Girl Around the World. There are chapters around the world and within many states of the U.S. The Australian, Washington and UK branches are very active, as no doubt are many others. These are just the ones I've had contact with.|
What will you be sewing this month?