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I first want to shout out a BBBIIIIIGGGG THANK YOU to everyone who, despite the haze, generously turned up to spend their precious Saturday afternoon to help us with the sewing!!! We had nine new ‘sew-ers’ (for lack of better word!) joined us… WELCOME! Two of them arrived earlier than I! *paiseh* Thanks for the enthusiasm… So altogether, we had 16 keen and kind ‘sew-ers’. It is our biggest turnout so far! I also want to thank those who swung by to show their support… It was very encouraging to see so many new faces and the regular ones who never fail to come whenever we have a ‘Sew for GOOOD’ session. I wish I can thank all of you more…

We gathered at a friend’s shop like the last time. Calvin, the ‘lao ban’ of Campers Corner (51 Waterloo Street), has always given us great support by providing a space to sew. Every single time I ask him, he only say yes… When I told him there may be 13 turning up and in the end 16 did, he somehow found a way to fit us in. What can I say…? *GRATEFUL*

I’m not sure about the rest but yes, it’s already been three months since our last Sew for GOOOD session. My my… where has the time gone?? :O

From our previous sessions, we have never sewn more than 35 pieces of ‘GOOODies’, so this time I prepped 40 pieces thinking we would have a surplus. Our session started from 2pm and at around 4.30pm, we  finished all our sewing! We must be blessed by some sewing fairy 🙂 My boo boo was I didn’t bring enough stuffing! But still, the ladies sewn all the pieces and I just need to buy more stuffing and closed them all up. I think we were all pretty impressed with ourselves. Hehe…

At the end of the day, I always end up feeling abit warm and fuzzy inside. Seeing friends and strangers-to-friends turning up to use our hands to make things for good cause. Watching them fervently and intently sewing away and at the same time, exchanging conversations and laughter, makes me feel that I can keep on doing this 🙂

To all of you who turned up: Once again, my deepest thank you… and I also want to apologize if I didn’t get to spend enough time chatting with everyone of you. I was hoping to catch up with some of you more and know some of you better. It was a great afternoon for me. I hope you all had fun too. Our next session will be in September. Do join us again if you can!

For those who are curious about what we did, here are some details:
WHAT
1. We got together and sewed the afternoon away yesterday to make stuffed toy (Chaco & Friends in spectacle frames) to raise fund for BCF on behalf of my bestie who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.
2. 100% of the sales will go straight to BCF.

WHERE & WHEN
These toys will be on sale for $13 each during the Purrzaar held over three Saturdays in Aug (3, 10, 17) at the Arts House.

PS: All materials and fabrics are kindly sponsored by GOOOD Fabrics.

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1| The sewing gang… Some missing from pic
2| Silkscreen printed fabrics for our stuff toys

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3| You can tell real work has started when the work table is messy 🙂
4, 5, 6| All hard at work

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7| Panoramic view of the group
8| All lovingly handmade!
9| You should be able to find this resident at Campers Corner

Our 2nd ‘Sew for GOOOD’ session has been fixed on the 29th June, Sat, 2-5pm. The venue has yet to be finalized  I will update everyone again via our FB. I’ve been thinking about what we can do for the coming session… An unfortunate diagnosis of breast cancer was made of my bestie few months ago, and we have been learning about the illness and coping with it. Besides lending her support and spending some time with her whenever I can, I was wondering how else I can help.

I contacted Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) Singapore weeks back to let them know about ‘Sew for GOOOD’ sessions and if we can sew to raise fund for them. They turned out to be one of the most open people I have spoke with and hence our next session would be to raise fund for BCF. In fact, I would like to commit the rest of 2013 ‘Sew for GOOOD’ sessions to raise fund for BCF.

GOOOD Pet Collars will be setting up a booth with the Cats of the World (COTW) Photo Exhibition / Purrzaar in the first three Saturdays of Aug 2013, that can be our channel to sell these stuff toy/pillow. Otherwise we will hand our handmade gooodies to BCF as they are holding their own bazaar in October this year to raise fund too. I’ll keep you guys posted here or on our FB page.

Sticking to our usual animal theme, we will be making stuffed toy/pillow which is slightly bigger than what we had made before and they can be used as pet pillows too. I started with a sketch and transferred the image onto our fabric with a fabric marker. I will likely make a silkscreen print out of it eventually, so you won’t be sketching, in case you are nervous about that! There will be a total of 4 different versions of this cat eventually, WIP still…

As usual, there’s no need to bring anything unless you have your own personal sewing kit you wanna bring along. These projects are designed with simple hand sewing in mind so do not worry if you are worried about not being able to sew too well. There are a few regulars here whom you can always ask. Our sessions are super casual and really, there’s no pressure to sew well at all!

Oh… Do bring a friend or family member if you want. All are welcome! The more we sew the more we can help raise fund for BCF to raise awareness and many other ways that they help the community. You can read more about their non-profit efforts on their website. I visited their office and am very impressed by the energy and work they have done.

PS: All material are sponsored by GOOOD Fabrics.

Sketch for stuff toy to raise fund for BCF.

It all started with a sketch…

Cut out the general shape on a fabric.

Cut out the general shape on a fabric.

Using a fabric pen...

Using a fabric pen…

Sew about 0.5cm from the fabric edge and flip it over, leaving the bottom open for stuffing.

Sew about 0.5cm from the fabric edge and flip it over, leaving the bottom open for stuffing.

Filling the toy with stuffing.

Filling the toy with stuffing.

Time to close the hole up.

Time to close the hole up.

Almost done...

Almost done…

Breast Cancer Foundation Edition, with a hot pink ribbon :)

Breast Cancer Foundation Edition, with a hot pink ribbon 🙂

I just checked our last post on our ‘Sew for GOOOD’ session and it was more than a year ago!!! :O Where did all the time go?! Really, I am rather appalled at my loss of timing and didn’t organize any sewing session in 2012 at all. To make up for this, GOOOD Fabrics will organize 4 sewing sessions this year; one every quarter. For an update of our sewing sessions, Like Us on FB.

We had our first 2013 sewing session yesterday. We all gathered at 51 Waterloo Street, Campers Corner. The kind boss allocated a space for us to sew there. Coincidentally, YMCA was also running their event there to promote their adventure trips. Before we started sewing, we had a chance to test our balance on the Elephant Slacklines. I tell ya… it’s a good thing I don’t need to save my life with my balancing skill (or lack of). We moved on to the next booth and had the challenge of balancing on one leg for 1 min on this rubber ball (half). Sounds easy huh… NOT! I lasted 11secs. Sad… But that can’t be said about my friend, Xiao Hong. She beat the 1min and walked away with a tshirt! *thumbs up!*

Finally, the sewing started at 2pm. As usual, we had lotsa fun sewing. Thanks Leonie for helping out with the design of the finger puppets. They are so adorable! I also love the spontaneous crowd; we had two ladies contributing to the sewing (Thanks Tsalina and Vivian). Tsalina runs a travel agency with a difference. Check out her website! Vivian is in charge of YMCA ‘Fitness and Dance’. I must say Viv can sell… or “share” as she puts it. My friends and I were convinced to sign up for the YMCA Batu Maloi trek in that 30mins she spent with us sewing at the table. ;P

The afternoon was quickly spent chatting, drinking, sewing, laughing. We eventually finished with 22 lovingly handmade finger puppets, all of which we will hand over to Animal Lovers League. These finger puppets will be available alongside with their other merchandise at Jurong Point on the 6 April. Do drop by their stall to help raise funds for the animals! Parents should definitely get these to help tell stories for their kids.

A big kudos to all the ladies who generously donated their saturday afternoon to help with making these absolutely adorable finger puppets. Thank you from the bottom of my heart… Til June… 🙂 ‘Sew for GOOOD’ sewing sessions are open to all volunteers who would like to help out, if you are keen to join us next time or have any questions, do drop us a note at info@gooodfabrics.com or leave a comment on our FB.

* All materials were donated by GOOOD Fabrics.

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Yes, ‘UFO – Unfinished Objects’ Sewing Day has arrived. We all agreed to meet at 12nn at Parkway Parade Shopping Centre for lunch before heading to the event. I must say that it didn’t start very well. First it was raining, so I couldn’t ride there. So, sis and I decided to take a bus and when we got to the bus terminal, we realised that it will take about an hour and it was already 1130am by then. Since we’ll be so late, we thought it’s best to catch a cab instead. We walked to the main road only to find too many cab-competitors. We waited for 10mins and decided that we should go back for the scooter since the rain has stopped by then. So it was back to square 1 after all that… Anyway I felt really relieved that we are finally moving nearer toward our destination. Felt really bad to keep my friends waiting though.

We finally arrived at Scoop of Art, Marine Parade Community Club, after our lunch at 1.30pm. Scoop of Art is a really cool looking cafe that supports the arts. They encourage patrons to work on their own art pieces over gelato and coffee. I love the illustrations in the cafe. They even paint the floor! You have to go there to have a look.

We found that Popin members were already busy sewing away.. 🙂

Popin members already sewing away when we got there...

For this event, the intention was to bring unfinished projects to sew but since I didn’t have any and I really wanted to do something for the dolphins hence we continued the concept of ‘SEW FOR GOOOD’. We had ‘SEW FOR JAPAN’ the last time so we ‘SEW FOR DOLPHINS’ today. I pre-cut the dolphins using felt and sis helped with the fabric strips prior to today so everyone could all maximise our time just sewing. It was really fun and relaxing just sewing for a good cause, laughing over silly things and catching up with my friends. It was a well-spent afternoon. I hope the rest feel the same!

Everyone looking very fresh and excited!

With the generous help and time offered by them (pictured above), it was a successful sewing day! These dolphin ribbon badges will be sold at SGD10 at some venues (TBC) around the island. And 100% of the proceeds will go to ACRES for their campaign (saddestdolphins) and awareness programs for the dolphins. We’ll be meeting again 2 weeks later (likely to be a Saturday again) to make more of them. If you know of any retail shops that may be willing to place them at their shop or you would like to join us to contribute, do drop me a message.

Here are some pictures capturing what we did today…

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Hang them, hook them, sew a safety pin on them and use as badge!

Our finished work today...

The crafters who helped 'Sew for Dolphins'. From left: Leonie, Sulis, Chin, Sanz, Jenny, Hong

Note: Some of the fabrics used are sponsored and may be purchased at GOOOD Fabrics.