This Sunday January 12th from 1-4pm we are opening up our space to sewists of all levels who would like to help cut & sew urgently needed cloth items for the Animal Rescue Craft Guild of Australia.
We will provide the patterns and instructions for sewing joey pouches and hanging bags, both of which help animals feel safe and secure while they are in rehabilitation and displaced from their natural habitat.
Can't make it and want to help?
The Animal Rescue Craft Guild and the newly created Canadian Animal Rescue Craft Guild both have made all patterns and instructions available for free to download and print. Drop off locations across Canada for finished items can be found on the Canadian Animal Rescue Craft Guild page on Facebook.
We will have some fabric available for use, but if you have fabric you'd like to bring and donate to this cause, here's what you need to know:
Liners should be 100% natural fibres – no polyester, synthetics or fabrics that have plastic or glitter. Breathability and softness are the priority. Flannelette, light cotton or cotton knit is recommended.
NO WOOL PLEASE.
Outer pouches can be anything from light fabrics for summer to warmer fleeces and wool for winter.
Please make sure your fabrics are pre-shrunk and have no pilling. Upcycling secondhand or old flannel and 100% cotton pillow cases, sheets, curtains, etc. is a great option!
photos courtesy of Silkys & Such (business) and Megan Hoffman (independant)