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Sewing is a lot like cooking in that is a pastime that enables us to demonstrate care to others. If you haven’t sewn anything for a friend or family member yet, you have most probably received a sewn gift from somebody else. The beautiful thing is that the caring and comfort in sewing can also be extended to strangers in need.
Sewing is a great way to give back while also developing your creative and technical skills. Here are some gifts that you and your sewing machine could create to help make the lives of others a little better:
• Quilts for Children in Need
If you’re a quilter, you can add a touch of creativity and beauty to charity blanket drives. Instead of buying standard blankets, quilt a comforter of your own design to bring that little bit of extra warmth to a child in need.
• Hats for Chemotherapy Patients
Take a variety of clothes and create hats and turbans to be donated to a nearby oncology ward for them to give to their patients. There are a number of good patterns and instruction guides available online.
• Pillowcases for Nursing Homes
Pillowcases are relatively easy to make and always in demand. Hospitals, nursing homes and children’s hostels can never have enough of them. This is a great opportunity for you to create something simple and necessary. There is also room for creativity here, as you can change up the colours as much as you like, and maybe even throw in a bit of patchwork here and there.
• Clothing for the poor
If your skills are more advanced, you can try your hand at sewing shirts, dresses and other items of clothing for various charities, instead of just digging the used clothing out of your wardrobe. Clothing can be a remarkably multifaceted gift: not only is it a necessity, it also carries style and dignity with it. There are probably people living near you who not only could use replacements for their threadbare garb, but would also enjoy the little boost in confidence that your efforts can provide.