A recent fire at Gospel Rescue Mission Thrift Store destroyed clothing that would otherwise have gone to local schoolchildren, so we’re making more.
In a collaborative effort, participants in this workshop will work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction, from picking fabrics and patterns from donated materials to using the patterns to cut out a variety of garments, and then constructing and finishing the garments. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels. We’ll sew as many outfits as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. Everything we create will be used to replenish the children’s clothing supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission, which offers the clothing to families who might otherwise struggle to meet beginning-of-the-school-year demands for new clothes.
This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can
- Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
- Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.
More information about the program is below.
- Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
- Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!
What to bring:
Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.
18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present
About the facilitator:
Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills.