Why I Do What I Do

I often get asked why exactly I sew.  There are so many reasons why I do but here are a few:

  • It really is fun, 95% of the time I love being behind my sewing machine!
  • I have this constant “need” to create.  I really can’t handle not being productive so it really does satiate my need to create things.
  • Sewing and selling things in my shop pays for all my crafting and sewing supplies.
  • I love being able to make something for myself that I would otherwise have to buy
  • My kids LOVE it when I make things for them
  • I really do love handmade.

Okay so now you know most of my reasons but there’s one thing that’s been bugging me lately about all those reasons…. they are almost all about ME.  Granted I’ve donated the odd item over the past couple of years but those have been few and far between and really just not enough.  So I’m working on it, I’m working on changing my hobby into being about OTHERS just as much as it is about ME.

How am I going to do that?

From now until this fall, I’m going to try and make as many Baby Booties as I can.  I won’t be listing them in my shop however (at least not all of them) instead I’ll be packaging them all up and bringing them over to a place called the Pregnancy Care Center   In their own words the Pregnancy Care Center is “a non-profit agency offering assistance for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy or experiencing post abortion stress.”  At the Pregnancy Care Center they have an area they call the Layette Room where the keep new things donated to them.  If a mother uses their services on a consistent basis when baby is born they fill a basket full of new items to give to her.  The booties I donate would be included in those baskets.

So my goal is to get at least one, hopefully more pairs of booties made per week for the center.  After that I’ll keep my eyes open for other non-profit organizations within my home city of Calgary that are in need of baby items.

Want to help?
If you have polar fleece you want me to make into booties, send it to me!  I’ll do my best to get all donated fabric sewn up for the Pregnancy Care Center.  If you live locally I hope to do a “mass production” evening.  Basically if you have a sewing machine bring it, if not, bring a pair of scissors and you can help cut the booties out.  Double bonus of coming to help make the booties?  You also get to learn how to make them!

Feel free to shoot me an email at handmadetherapy(at)gmail(dot)com if you have any questions or need a mailing address to send some fabric my way. I can’t wait to see how many booties I can get made up in the next couple of months here!

3 thoughts on “Why I Do What I Do

  1. Kara

    Hilda, this is such a great idea. Could I donate money toward the purchase of fleece for this project? Or can I donate anything else? (my time for anything you might need done if you organize an event, etc)

  2. Hilda

    Definitely Kara! Or when you’re here next weekend if we’re just hanging out chatting on the couch we could cut booties out!

  3. Jenn

    What a great idea! I have a fair amount of fleece kicking around….I can cut for you, it’s the sewing part that takes me forever! 😉


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