Amy and Stella
Amy and Stella

Monday was very productive at our Southtown Hancock site. Several people dropped by to sew, tie and leave their finished bags with us. We are at about 25 completed bags and two tied blankets.
Marianne and Orion
Marianne and Orion

Thanks very much to all of you involved in this project (see earlier posts if you are new to the site).

We will be working on bags/blankets again on Monday, March 31 at Southtown Hancock from 10 am-8 pm if you’d like to join us or drop off your bags.

Today (Thursday) is open for classes at Chan Vacuum Center from 1-3 pm and Monday at 10, 2 and 6 at Southtown Hancock. The first week of April we’ll be busy sewing garments for Fashion Sewing Club.

More Items in Bags For Kids

When I contacted the social worker who requested the bags she mentioned that the kids really loved the blankets.

Blankets? We didn’t do blankets. And then there were toothbrushes and toothpaste. We didn’t do that either.

But being a sucker for helping others, I am putting it out there to see if there are any Girl Scout groups or others who might be interested in buying, cutting and tying polar fleece blankets to put inside our bags or donate some toothbrushes and toothpaste.
It could be a great reason for a spring break party for kids and we would be happy to let another group make the delivery and see where the bags are going if you would like. I guess we are looking for a partner or two who would help us keep up the standards of the project without being too much at one time for one group.

It’s been 3 years since 40 bags were given to Carver County so we don’t have to get them all done at once. The response from all of you has been fantastic. At the time of this writing Nancy has sewn 6 bags, Pam picked up 4 and Barb 2. Lisa wants to make them and has enlisted her daughter, sister and niece and we have three people coming on Monday to work on the project.

Thanks so much!!

This Week’s Classes

March Serger Club

This month’s project is the E-shrug from Linda Lee’s Sewing Workshop. It is a downloadable pattern for $6 on her website. Quick to sew and a wardrobe staple.

Debbie used a melon colored knit from Treadle Yard Goods.

Serger Club meets this Thursday, March 20, at 10:30, Hancock Fabrics, Southtown.
Sign up on this website under Classes at Hancock above.

Bags For Kids Project

Several of you stopped by Hancock yesterday and picked up kits-thank you! We sewed a few together and realized that the directions were a bit confusing. The bottom line is a 24″ wide by 30″ tall bag with a drawstring at the top and a 12″ wide by 15″ tall pocket on the outside. Serged seams or french seams keeps it clean on the inside. If you use a 60″ wide fabric, the fold will be at the bottom and the selvages will be at the top so they can simply be turned over to the outside or inside and stitched down to form the drawstring casing. Very quick to put together. We can always add the drawstrings if you just want to sew the bags at home.
We will be at Hancock the next two Mondays if you’d like to come and sew. Finished bags can be dropped off at the First Sewing desk inside Hancock Fabrics at Southtown. Kits can also be picked up but please call us or email before you do so there will be a good supply for you. 952-201-3863 or

Basic and Beyond Serger at Treadle
We’ll be at Treadle tonight (6-8 pm) for a three part class to take you from threading your serger to whipping up a tee. Only two spots left…call Treadle to sign up 651-698-9690.

Sewing & Serging in Chanhassen
1:30-3:30 pm or 6-8 pm Chan Vacuum Center, Thursday, March 20
Make a bag, learn to serge, get fitting help, sew the E-shrug. You decide what you’d like to do.
Click on Classes at Chan Vac Center above to register for one of the classes.