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    Help and ideas, please!!!

    We are starting a new sewing circle/quilting group at my church. I went out of town and was elected "leader" while I was gone. Nice, huh? Well, we don't have many who know how to sew. I need some ideas of easy things I can suggest for them to do. We are planning a spring bazaar to raise money for air conditioner repairs for the church. I am afraid what they make will look like kids made them! Any suggestions for things to make or for ideas leading this diverse group will be greatly appreciated. I know you guys can help me!

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    Are the members of the group wanting to learn how to sew? I'm thinking that pocket tissue covers would be fairly easy for beginners. Kitchen towels where you attach fabric at the top to hang them from your stove would be pretty easy.
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    10-minute tablerunners; simple tote bags; pincushions, lap quilts. potholders; place mats. You might want to have a few meetings where you teach some basics--straight seams, binding, rotary cutting, pinning (and not sewing over pins). I'll bet you have fun.
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    Pillow cases are easy to start with and would probably sell well at a bazaar.

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    Remember...you did ask.

    http://tipnut.com/potholder-patterns/

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    http://tipnut.com/beach-bags-totes/

    Just some hints...If you have a Kohls near you use your 30% coupon when they have beach towels on sale. They have really large beach towels.

    Also, watch Hobby Lobby, Hancock's and Joann's for their $0.99 patterns and get a stock for your sewing group (Surely everyone can pitch in a few dollars and you can use the churchs tax id number). Let the members check out the patterns like books from a library. I always stock up on the Home Decor patterns.

    I hope I haven't overloaded you!

    Best of Luck!!!

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    I would make sure to cover the basics of sewing before tackling items to sell.. Try a few items to get them started and see where addtl assistance is needed...

    have them make four patches and see if they measure up to what they are suppose to be.. if not they make great wonky square potholders.....

    I think its great you leading them ..

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    How about the potholders you make out of 6 8" squares.
    ......here's a youtube video on it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sipzCAflJQ8

    another idea........if some don't do well on sewing, perhaps they could be the cutters or pressers......do some things in assembly line style.

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    What will be available for use? Will there be sewing machines or just needles and thread? Do they have sewing experience or just learning how to sew on a button? Fleece throws with a nice hand blanket stitch around the edge if they are beginners. Tissue holders, casserole carriers, pot holders, aprons etc. if you have machines and supplies.

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    Just as important as what can they make is what in the world will the congregation buy when you put these things on sale? Maybe Bible covers would be good. Almost anything for babies or toddlers, sleeping mats for kindergarten kids, children's bath robes, babies' towels, mother/daughter anything. Maybe something the church needs that people can buy when they wouldn't buy anything for themselves. I would definitely approach it from what will sell first rather than from what they can make, because no matter what they make, it is useless if it doesn't sell, considering what your purpose is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter View Post
    Pillow cases are easy to start with and would probably sell well at a bazaar.
    I agree and good for beginner sewers as well (to boost their confidence!)
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    How about napkins. They just need a simple turned over hem. A set of 4 would take a yard if they were made 18" square. The scraps could be used by anyone who can quilt, or use leftovers to make napkin rings.
    I use cloth napkins all the time. It is actually cheaper in the long run than paper napkins or paper towels and looks so nice on the table. There are so many pretty cotton fabrics now you can really set a pretty table.

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    For the group of church ladies I work with, I make lap quilt tops, sandwich them and pin baste, and have the ladies tie them. I finish them, but some of your ladies might be able to do the handwork on the binding. Even fairly new sewers could probably help make 4-patch quilt tops, like trip around the world.

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    how about sewing jelly roll strips together ...get someone to cuth them and then sew together to make a quilt top. Something simple

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    Mug Rugs are easy and sell pretty good.

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    Baby taggie blankets are always popular and very easy to make even if they are sewn alittle wonky it doesn't make a difference. I make these to put with baby shower gifts and the parents love them. When the little ones are born I think all the moms have said how much the babies love their taggie blankets. I put a link for simple directions.

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    Aprons, placemats, pot holders, hot pads, crochet items such as baby blankets, quilts . Have a class once a week and work on one item. I am sure that amongest you all there are some talanted ladies who would be willing to share what they know and show others. That is what we do at our church. Have fun. The internet is full of free craft patterns for you to chose from.
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    I knew you would have great ideas! Thanks so much!!! I think I'll try to work up some sort of program/schedule showing what we will be doing each week. I checked this morning and we have lots of material, 5 machines and a cabinet full of thread. I think we will start with a basic table runner next week. That should be simple enough for even the very beginners and the more advanced can spiffy theirs up a bit!

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    Our sewing group has been making pillowcases and giving them to different shelters. Try the Hotdog method.

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    When I first learned in 4-H, I think one of our first projects was hemming towels. Linen toweling isn't too expensive and everybody can always use new ones. We worked all the way up to making drawstring aprons (no gathering, just a placket through which a self-fabric drawstring was pulled.)

    In this more liberated age, I think they make tote bags so they have something they can use, while still only doing straight stitching. Lots of embellishing opportunities, too, to personalize them.

    Simple projects like totes can be used to teach adults to sew and create saleable items for your fundraiser.

    If I lived near you, I would volunteer to help. I really want to teach adults to sew, but have not yet found an outlet for this desire. Tried offering on Craigslist, but no one answered.

    Good luck!
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    I've been teaching sewing with a church group and pillowcases have been the greatest hit! Baby/lap quilts would be great, esp when done as the Maryquilts.com free Quick Strippy quilt pattern. All straight seams, no intersections or seams to match up. Tissue holders are a great profit maker and super simple. Christmas stockings? Ornaments? Different occasion gift card holders? Anything small, simple, and cute will bring the greatest income. Rope baskets would work for some of the not so pretty fabrics people donate.

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    pillowcases, pot holders, grocery sack recyclers, re-usable shopping bags
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    two years ago my 11 yr old grandd made these- she had to make 15 pair for gifts . they turned out great this past xmas they were looking for them again lol

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    How about containers of homemade laundry soap with receipe included? B urp cloths with Georgia Bulldogs on them. Items for tailgate parties? Choice of slogans copied onto cloth and sewn onto grocery bags,weatshirts, etc.while they wait. Take pictures of kids, send to computers, send to printers, copy to cloth, sew to shirt while they wait.

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    Flowers for totes or to wear are so popular now. Many are no-sew made from felt and held together with glue from a hot glue gun or a few stitches. Or how about the folded material flowers. Add feathers or re-purpose your old pins for the centers.

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    Great ideas! Keep them coming, please!

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