Help! Do you sew?

Calling Wellington, Kapiti and Hutt crafters,

HELP!!! Do you sew? Or do you know people who sew?

Repurposing donated shirts

We need some sewers (with over-lockers) to assist with a project to repurpose 200 rash shirts that are coming our way in the next week or so. I will need the shirts uplifted pretty quickly after we receive them, as we don’t have any available storage space.

rash shirt 1 smallThe shirts are various sizes (bigger children and smaller adult sizes), and they have corporate logos on them that need to be covered up. It’s been suggested by the organisation supplying them that they could go to Foster Hope or low decile schools, as part of a “sun smart” initiative. Given that, I think it would be great if we could have them turned around in time for the team at Foster Hope to get into their Christmas packs, or schools to issue before they break for the summer holidays. So we would be looking to have them back before the 10th of December.

Once we have seen them, and have decided the best way to repurpose them, we will sort them in to bundles of 10 shirts so it’s not too big a job for anybody. Our thinking is that sewers can chop up one or two shirts, to make “patches” to cover the logos. And some shirts can be chopped up and made into smaller sizes for the younger kids. We will provide the necessary pattern / instructions with the packs. Naturally, the intention is to have as minimal waste going to landfill as possible.

Please can you email me ( ) by Monday evening if you have an over-locker and would be prepared to take one or more bundles of shirts. At this stage, I’m gathering names and contact details (phone # and suburb), so I can contact those people who offer to assist directly, once we have finalised the details of the project once the shirts have arrived.

rash shirt 2 smallI’m hoping that we can get sufficient sewers in Greater Wellington to complete the project, so we don’t have to incur courier costs (as we are a primarily cashless organisation), however if you’re from outside of Wellington and are keen to help out, please do drop me an email too.

Remember we will hopefully have packs available for collection within the next 10 days, and looking to have them completed and returned before the 10th of December. It will be a great project for sewers to get involved with, and will make a wonderful difference to many children as we head towards the summer holidays.

Interested in donating?

If you’d like to make a cash donation to us (to help cover things like courier costs) we would be most appreciative. We are a Registered Charitable Trust so will provide a receipt for you to furnish as a tax deduction. Our bank account details are – “Crafty Volunteers of New Zealand Charitable Trust”, Kiwibank account # 38-9017-0691144-00 – please put your name as a reference, and drop us an email so we know who to send the receipt to. Many, many thanks.

Would you like to be more involved?

We will have more repurposing types of sewing projects coming our way soon, and because I know nothing about textiles, and have no idea how to sew, I’m looking for a volunteer Sewing Coordinator in Wellington, and potentially a small working group of volunteers to support this role. Again, please drop me an email if you’re interested in being involved – many hands make light work. You’ll get to know some truly lovely people, and you will be contributing to something quite tangible for your community.

Watch this space for more information about this project, and others that will be following. I’m so excited about what we’ve got bubbling away in the background, and can’t wait to be able to tell you more… soon hopefully.

Yours – with (huge amounts of) love, compassion and hope.