Stash Buster + Giving Back

We  need your help! Operation Orphan Education is Sew News’ charitable effort for 2010. We teamed up with American Friends of Cecily’s Fund, and we’re excited for all our readers to get involved. American Friends of Cecily’s Fund (AFCF) is a charity that helps fund education opportunities for Zambian children who have been orphaned by AIDS.

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The Challenge: Create a tote bag using the AFCF logo and  your favorite fabric and technique (applique, hand embroidery, fabric paint, etc.). The bags that our readers make will be auctioned at AFCF events. Be creative! Make a one-of-a-kind tote that stands out at auctions. The best bags get the highest bids!

Want to help? Click here to download the FREE tote pattern and instructions. Or create your own tote! Just remember to use the AFCF logo somewhere on the bag.

FREE DESIGN! Click here to download the FREE AFCF embroidery design.

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The goal: 1,000 bags by the end of 2010. Encourage your family, friends, coworkers and anyone else you know to make a bag. Or make two! Or three!

Send your finished bags to: American Friends of Cecily’s Fund, 120 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580.

Results: At the end of the year, we’ll reveal how many bags AFCF received and how much money was raised. And you can give yourself a huge round of applause for giving back!

**Upload pics of your bag onto Facebook! We would love to see them!**

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For more information on AFCF, click here. Check out page 16 of the June/July 2010 issue of Sew News for a picture of some great bags made by Creative Crafts Group. Don’t have the issue? Purchase it here.

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3 Responses to Stash Buster + Giving Back

  1. Ana says:

    Hi, what a great cause!!
    I don’t have an embroidery machine nor do I know how to embroider… can I still make a tote?

  2. Kari says:

    Of course you can still make a tote! You can use fabric paints, applique, fabric markers, etc. to draw the logo anywhere on the bag. I made a bag, and then I used Paintstiks (find them at art stores or online) to draw the logo on the pocket.

    It’s a great chance for the kids to get creative, too! It doesn’t have to be perfect. We would love for you to post pictures of your finished tote(s) on our Facebook fan page (facebook.com/sewnews). Thank you for helping!

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