My lovely friend Deb contacted me recently and asked if I could help her make some coathangers that could then be auctioned off to raise money to help a blind girl who lives in a slum in Thailand. Another friend of ours is holding a silent auction this Sunday to raise the money, and many people will bring handmade items to include in the auction. These silent auctions are a fun afternoon, firstly to make something handmade to bring to the auction, then to inspect what other people have made or bought along, and to have a chance to bid on any items you might like to buy.
So with this in mind, Deb and I spent last Saturday, firstly going through my rather embarassingly large fabric stash, trying to choose which colours to make our coathangers. The rest of the day was spent cutting out fabric and pellon, pinning, making frills and sewing. (This is a photo of Deb, hard at work)!
These coathangers take a bit of time to make and we were able to make 5 of them for the auction.
The pattern we used was called 'Dress it Up' which is a Mum's Moment pattern. Mum's Moment was a wonderful patchwork shop in Brisbane that I worked in for a while (sadly, it's closed now)!! You can still purchase this pattern from Mum's Moment, just let me know if you want their details.
These coathangers also make wonderful gifts and I have made quite a few of these over the years to give away as birthday presents. Deb and I had a wonderful day together, it's so much fun having a sewing day with a friend. Hopefully we will be able to raise some money and send it to the young girl in Thailand.