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Debbie Colgrove

Charity Sewing

By November 7, 2012

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I've spent my spare time this week, making stockings for Operation Holiday Stocking. I can't explain the relaxed feeling that envelopes me as I sew those stockings. My mind wanders to some young soldier and how hopefully that little stocking will bring a smile to their face on what maybe their first holiday away from home and family... that alone is enough to keep me going.

I'd like to find a way this holiday season to take time to remember those that may be in need.  Hurricane Sandy changed SO many peoples lives in ways that will not be repaired and will always leave a void for those people. I am sure there will be drives to help them and I hope everyone will help where they can.  If anyone knows of a sewing project for those people, please let me know so I can spread the word!
In the mean time, I hope everyone will reach out and help others before their own holiday rushbegins. There are all kinds of ways to help others!

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November 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm
(1) Linda says:

Debbie,

I began sewing and filling stockings with my church Sunday School and the kids loved it. We are doing it again on Sunday and I am holding a Sewathon at Hancock Fabrics in NW Tucson on Monday.

I did come up with minor modifications to the instructions that may be helpful to others:
1) After cutting out the fabric pieces, I had the kids sew one of the folded, pressed cuffs to the top of each stocking and pressed the seam toward the stocking.

2) Then, I took a 3″ piece of ribbon (or binding, bias tape, etc), folded it it half, and pinned it to the cuff near the top on the short side. With right sides together, we then sewed one continuous seam around the entire stocking. This step eliminated the challenging part of tubing the cuff and attaching it to the stocking and also added a loop for the soldiers to hang their stocking.

I am delighted to participate in this project and the response from others for donations has been awesome! I will definitely be participating in this again next year!

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