Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Beni Bag Tutorial

  
  
I'm so excited to share with you our latest ministry pattern...the Beni Bag!!
"Beni Bag" originates from the phrase "ti sak beni" from the Creole language. 
Translated to English the phrase means "small bag of blessings". 
Yes! We agree! 
This is indeed a small bag of blessings!

For the past five years, Sew Quilt Share, has been sewing Feminine Hygiene Kits 
for school girls in Haiti. 
Why you may ask would anyone do this? 
Honestly, our hearts were greatly moved 
when we discovered that each month girls in many third world countries 
miss a week of school because they lack access to feminine hygiene products. 
Washable, reusable cloth feminine pads offer these students
the opportunity to remain in school where they can learn and grow. 
A quality education is one of the few hopes many of these students have 
to climb out of extreme poverty.

The kits are distributed by Mission Possible, with headquarters located in Findlay, Ohio. 
Click here to read more about their outreach to the precious young women of Haiti. 

 

Each Feminine Hygiene Kit contains:
12 cloth feminine pads 
3 pair of cotton size 12-14 underwear (Hipster style)
2 bars of Ivory soap
100 ibuprofen tablets
5 safety pins

Your response to the Cloth Feminine Pad Tutorial posted several years ago 
has been far beyond anything we could have imagined! 
Cloth feminine pad donations from readers like you 
has enabled Mission Possible to bless over 500 students 
in the rural areas of Haiti this past year! 

 

Many readers have asked for an approved pattern to further assist in this outreach
which has led to the creation of...
the Beni Bag! 



The Beni Bag is a lightweight, waterproof bag that can be used 
to carry these personal hygiene items to school. 
In addition to being useful...it's also pretty! 
Because we all like pretty don't we?


The pattern includes instructions for three basic styles...

Option 1: The bag is made with one fabric.


Option 2: The bag is made with two fabrics.


Option 3: The bag is made with two or more fabrics.


The sewing instructions for all three options are very similar. 
The main difference is the number of coordinating fabrics 
you choose to use for the base of the bag. 
This makes it a perfect project to use up those pretty fabric scraps you may have on hand!
One yard of fabric will make 3 bags.




Click here to download the tutorial

Click here to download the sewing instructions


Hints

Please avoid fabrics that contain a red, white, or pastel background.
Please avoid using fabrics that contain images of animals or people.
Please avoid using dark, masculine fabrics. The prettier the better!



If you would like to partner with us in this effort 
to bless the precious young women of Haiti
completed bags can be mailed to:

Sew Quilt Share
c/o Gateway Church
9555 County Road 9
Findlay, OH 45840

Please email me privately at sandra.sewinpeace@blogspot.com
for our Canadian shipping address.


Visit these links to learn more:
Cloth Feminine Pad Tutorial


May you always Sew in Peace!

Sandra






Monday, July 23, 2018

Pad Donations - Winter 2018




Several years ago the Sew Quilt Share ministry
learned that girls in many third world countries miss a week of
school each month because they lack access to feminine hygiene products.

After learning about Mission Possible's outreach to girls in Haiti, 
our group decided to get involved. We began by posting a pattern online, 
shared details of our group sewing cloth feminine pads, and invited others to join us. 

We continue to be amazed at the response to that invitation,
and rejoice at how God is stirring the hearts of those who sew! 

The following packages were received by Gateway Church between 
12/1/17 - 3/31/18  from the following locations...

A gift of pads was sent to us by a customer of Sew Nice in Upper Sandusky, Ohio


Fifty lovely pads and five bags were sent to us by Norma from Lebanon, TN!


Rose from Portland, IN sent this gift of pads!


College Baptist Church from Hillsdale, MI sent a gift of 100 pads!


Aida from Rocklin, CA sent this gift of pads, underwear, and sewing supplies.
Thank you!


Joy from Cary, NC sent this gift of pads, underwear, hygiene bags, 
and 4 quilt kits!


Terry, one of our regular Sew Quilt Share members, 
sewed up this batch of pads while she was on vacation! Thank you!


Another gift of pads from a customer of Sew Nice from Upper Sandusky, OH


These pads were sewn by the ladies of Sew Quilt Share at our January meeting


An anonymous donor from Wellman, Iowa sent this gift of pads!



Norma from Lebanon, Tennessee sent these pads and lovely bags!
We appreciate your continued support!


  

Evadne from Australia sent these lovely pads! 
Wow! Thank you!


Faye from Roanoke, Alabama sent this thoughtful gift of 127 pads and underwear!


The Twig Benders Mother's Club from Gilboa, Ohio got together
and made these pads!


Donna from Chambersburg, PA sent this gift of pads. 


Melissa from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida made these colorful pads!


The Stitch in Time Group, from Wellington Methodist Church
in Shropshire, England sent us this gift of pads and bags.


The Church Hill United Methodist Church, in Church Hill TN
sent this gift of pads, underwear, soap and safety pins. 
Thank you ladies!


These pads were sewn by the ladies of Sew Quilt Share
at our March meeting.

Words cannot express our thanks to all who so generously 
give of their time and resources. Your gifts are greatly appreciated and 
provide a life changing opportunity to each girl who receives a set of pads. 


Please visit these links to learn how your gift of 12 (or more) 
cloth feminine pads can make a difference:

May you always Sew in Peace!
Sandra







Sunday, July 22, 2018

Pad Donations - Fall 2017


I'm happy to share that boxes of cloth feminine pads 
 continue to arrive at Gateway Church!
Words cannot express our thanks to all who so generously 
give of their time and resources. If you are unfamiliar with the
cloth feminine pad project, you can learn more about it here.


The following packages arrived between 
 September 8th - November 15th, 2017 from the following locations...


Rita from Lowell, Michigan sent these pads. 
Love those colorful fabrics!


An anonymous donor from Fergus Falls, MN sent this gift.
Thank you!


Jennie from Perrysburg, Ohio sent these lovely pads!


Norma from Lebanon, Tennessee sent this donation of pads!


Diane from Pittsfield, New Hampshire sent this gift of finished and unfinished pads!
The unfinished pads will be sewn by ladies from our group.


An anonymous donor from Gig Harbor, Washington sent
this gift. Thank you!


Barbara from Spokane, Washington sent a gift of pads, underwear, and pins!


Brigitte from Quebec, Canada sent three sets of cloth pads and hygiene bags!


Joy from Apex, North Carolina sent a gift of 30 pads, 6 hygiene bags,
5 washcloths, and 6 quilt kits for Haiti


Ladies from Sew Nice in Upper Sandusky, Ohio donated these pads!


96 pads were donated by the Houston-Anderson County WMA.
Contributing churches included Antioch and Sheridan Terrace in Palestine, TX 
and Ephesus in Latexo, TX 


Gift of 35 pads arrived from Marsha in Troy, Ohio


Marilyn in Columbus, Ohio sent these lovely pads!


An anonymous donor in Crossville, Tennessee sent 34 pads!


Jeongkyung from Pittsburg, PA sent a gift of 69 beautiful pads!


Rose from Portland, Indiana sent these pads. 
Love those polka dots!


Gift of 69 pads, underwear, soaps, Ibuprofen, and safety pins from
the Christian Mothers Society of St. John the Evangelist Parish, 
Loogootee, Indiana. Thank you!


Gift of 387 pads arrived from the Cookeville Stake Relief Society in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Wow! Thank you!


An anonymous donor from Temple, Arizona sent these pads.


A donation of 36 hygiene bags arrived from Norma in Lebanon, Tennessee!


JoAnn from Fort Collins, Colorado sent these colorful pads!


Medford Oregon 4th Ward - Relief Society and Young Women
from Medford, Oregon sent this gift of 280 pads!


McMinnville Tennessee Stake Relief Society sent a gift of 390 pads!


These gifts were sent by the women of the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rootstown Ward
located in Atwater, Ohio


Edith and the members of the Thursday Doll and Quilt Club of New Jersey, along with A Stitch In Time Quilt Club of Delaware sent this gift of six quilt kits and four sewing kits


Roberta from Cookeville, TN sent these pads!


Ann from New Providence, IA sent these pads!


Susan from Porterdale, GA sent these beautiful pads and included a
lovely note as well! We so appreciate those prayers:)


This gift is from the Dorcas Circle of the United Methodist Women 
of Red Bridge United Methodist Church located in Kansas City, MO.
Their gift included 100 pads, 37 pair of underwear, and a bag of safety pins.
Blessings to you ladies!


Bev from Millersburg, Ohio sent these lovely pads!


This gift was sent by Susan from Tuscumbia, Alabama!


Carol from Midland, Michigan sent these lovely pads!


This gift of pads and bags came from Norma in Lebanon, Tennessee!
Love those colorful bags!


Janet from Jamestown, New York gathered a group of two dozen women 
for an all day sewing event. They were able to sew 188 pads and 22 bags! 

Once again, thank you to everyone who contributed! The increasing number of donations
is having a real impact in Haiti. If you would like to bless a girl in Haiti by sewing reusable
cloth feminine pads, we would love to hear from you!

Please visit these links to learn more:

May you always Sew in Peace!
Sandra