Mary is the kind of person who lives to help others and she finds many ways to use up our scraps to that end. Even when offered larger scraps she insists on having the ones that are hardest to find uses for. During the winter of 2014-15 she hand cut the pieces necessary to make 2500 menstrual pads for women in Malawi. Once in Malawi, the pre-cut pieces were used to teach women how to sew. The pads were then freely distributed. The pads were so well received that she has been asked for more. You can trust Mary to make sure nothing is ever wasted. She takes the smallest remaining pieces to a facility that makes felt.
We got to know Sheila during her many trips to our former workshop/store in Fergus. She was a regular visitor to our Free Flannel bin. Individuals and businesses from the community often came by to pick up scraps for use as cleaning/polishing cloths. Sheila, we learned, was using the scraps to make diapers and dolls to donate to charities. That was 20 years ago and she is still using up our scraps and inspiring others to join her. Like Mary, she insists on using up the most awkward, misshaped off-cuts.
When we had our workshop/store in Fergus our Free Flannel scrap bin was a hit with the community. While we were generous with our plain scraps we were picky about giving away precut squares with our signature stripes. For one thing, we wanted to be sure that they were well-sewn. You can see from theses photos how creative and talented the women of Fergus are. These quilts, and many others, were donated to many worthy causes.
Elena was a Nights in White Flannel seamstress for many years. In her spare time she sewed pajamas for an orphanage in Russia. Here they are bringing warmth and comfort to the children there.
Julie personally takes the pads that are cut by the women of Acton to Malawi. She would like to buy more sewing machines for the Malawi women. If you would like to help her out you can be assured that your donation will be used entirely for that purpose. (Contact us and we will forward your email to Julie)