The Red Tent Project was started by some adoptive families who wanted to provide sanitary napkins for girls/women in Ethiopia who cannot afford them. Many must use whatever they can find. Sometimes it's old newspapers that they put inside themselves. Other times it's dirty rags. This leads to infections, which are not being treated, either do to lack of financial resources or access to proper medical care.
Initially they were trying to send over disposable products, but this proved costly and was only a short term solution. So they got the idea to provide them with cloth pads that they can wash and reuse. These products are quite expensive to buy, so this adoptive mama wrote a blog post petitioning the help of sewists. Over 90 women participated/are participating in sewing for this project. Click here to read about the incredible response to this need.
What I love about this project is that they aren't just handing out pads on the street. They are giving them in packs with underwear and, best of all, education. I can't wait to see how this project continues to blossom. Here's my contribution.
My sister's getting married in just over a week! Jude is going to be the ring bearer and Indi the flower girl. We found this ring bearer pillow tutorial and my sister liked it, so I made it.
It was a lot of hand sewing. A LOT. It was one of those projects that I thought I could whip up in an hour on my machine, but took more like 8 hours. (I wasn't anticipating all of the hand sewing.) Thankfully, the great thing about hand sewing is that 1. I enjoy it and 2. I can do it while the kids are awake. For part of the time, we played music, the kids danced and we all sang while I went, stitch by stitch. There was so much love and vibrant energy in the room while I worked. It was a lovely reminder to slow down and savor each moment of life.
My friend recently had a baby so I wanted to sew something special for her little one. Given I was somewhat pressed for time, I kept it simple. I made this blanket using this tutorial.
The front is Anna Maria's Folksy Flannel and the back is her voile, which feels like silk. It's like wrapping yourself in buttery goodness. Amazing stuff, really. I want one of these blankets for myself! :)
I also made a changing pad for her. I use the ones I made for myself all the time (having two in diapers!) and I love them. The oilcloth side is great because it can be wiped down after each change.
The back is Anna Maria's oilcloth
Finally, not technically sewing, but still fabric related, we recently reupholstered some chairs. I found the fabric but it was Dan's handiwork.
Ah, much better! Thank you, hon!
My handy husband also made this sweet heart for my sister's wedding. We're attaching it to Indigo's flower girl basket. (it's an outdoor wedding on my parent's farm).