Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Craft for Good!

The gals at the Stitch Lab here in Austin are teaming up with Ann Randall of The Stitching Studio to craft for charity. Ann heads up the Charity Craft Volunteer Network, and coordinates dozens of different ways that folks can lend a helping hand with their craftiness. Leslie and Carol at the Stitch Lab are coordinating a series of crafternoons where folks will tackle projects assembly-line style. The first session will be this Sunday, July 26 from 3:30 - 8:00 PM with the goal of setting up twice monthly sewing sessions to follow.
This weekend, they'll be making "cloth medical play dolls for children in the hospital. Medical play dolls are used in hospital as a communication tool for explaining an invasive procedure to a child or for diagnosing a child's discomfort. If a child is facing an IV for the first time, medical staff in the emergency room insert an IV on a doll's arm as they explain the procedure to the child. The child is then given the doll to keep and hold for comfort and security."

They need people to trace, stitch, cut, turn, stuff and close by hand. It's a great chance to spend time crafting with friends (and even learning some new techniques!) and helping others. I'm so glad to see the Stitch Lab offering this opportunity.

If you are interested in helping out, just RSVP to Leslie and Carol at beez[at]glitzkrieg[dot]biz and let them know what time you can make it. The event will take place at The Stitch Lab. If you haven't been there before, you'll directions to the location when you RSVP. If you aren't here in Austin, or can't make it, you can give a quick cash donation through the Craft For Charity web site.


  1. Is it weird that I think the hospital gowns on those dolls are totally adorable?

  2. My daughter benefitted from one of these dolls. When she contracted Meningitis, they used the doll to explain the IV that she was going to get as well as the lumbar puncture. Having the child specialist use this doll really alleviated her stress before the procedure. Thanks for doing this.


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