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A Frostbite Shop

February 3rd, 2017

Mr Chiots and I were joking about me having a zipper pouch sweatshop the other evening, though my sewing room is rather cold, so it would be a frostbite shop. If you remember from last month, I’m making loads of zipper pouches to send to South America to hand out at the school that I work with. I’ll be raising funds through the organization I work for to fill them with pencils, erasers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. I’ll need around 400 so each child will get one, which means that’s how many zipper pouches I need to sew.

My original goal was to sew one a day, so far I’m up to 150 as my total number finished. That’s not too shabby. I’m lucky they’re super quick to sew up. I’m noticing a big dent gone in my stash of fabric and thread collections, which was part of the point of this project. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the kids love these, hopefully this summer they will be delivered by a group I have traveling down.

What charitable projects are you involved at the moment?

5 Comments to “A Frostbite Shop”
  1. Katherine on February 3, 2017 at 8:36 am

    I’ve made a few zipper pouches,Mobutu mine seem to take longer (and not look as finished). Do you have a pattern you can share? Thanks

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    • Susy on February 3, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      I don’t use a pattern, simply a rectangle (these are 9″ x 6″), perhaps I can do a quick tutorial so you can see how they’re done. It’s a very quick and easy method.

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  2. Nebraska Dave on February 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Susy, my charitable contributions have been directed closer to home these days. As you know some years ago I was one to go on mission trips to help those in need. I was one to go to disaster areas to help clean up the carnage and help rebuild. Today my efforts go toward helping to raise a 12 year old grandson, helping an elderly neighbor down the street get to doctor appointments and local errands, being the principle care giver for a 90 year old mother in law, and helping many other folks with hauling or light home repair.

    I suspect the recipients of those zipper bags will be thrilled. I’ve come to understand that in other countries, the simplest things are so appreciated. Thank You for being the kind person that you are and making all those little gifts for those in need.

    Have a great frostbite shop day.

    Nebraska Dave
    Urban Farmer

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  3. Joy Giles on February 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Do you take donation of the items you need for the pouches or money to buy them. Over my dad’s 94 years he saved quite a bit of money, nothing huge amount. He died last January and as one of three who is inheriting some of it, I am looking for good people doing good work. Please let me know if I can help in filling the pouches.

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    • Susy on February 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      I’m actually going to raise funds this year as it’s difficult for us to get the pouches with items in them into Colombia with most airlines charging for luggage now. We are a 501(c)3 organization, thus it is a tax deductible donation.

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