Does it seem like I've been missing in action lately? Yeah...well...I've been doing lots of this...
Cutting up gorgeous fabric into 10" squares. I swear no other charm size feels as substantial as a 10" square. It is just solid, like you are really getting a good sample of that fabric.
And as you can imagine all of this cutting results in a lot of trimmings. Lots and lots and lots of trimmings too small to be scrap. This, below, is from cutting 4 different fabrics into blocks. That is a substantial amount of waste.
What do I possibly do with this waste? Haha, you don't think I actually throw it away do you?
Me? The I can find a crafty use for everything chica?
For a few months now I have been working on Project Fill A Bear.
This guy's tummy and head are filled with all the trimmings from the last swap, every quilt I've worked on since December, every piece of clothing I've sewn, every bit of fabric waste has gone into his little belly. Now I'll be starting on his arms and legs.
The bears - I have 20 empty muslin shells - are intended for child sex abuse victims. Before the age of 18, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys is a victim of sex abuse. Does that make you uncomfortable? Good. It should. If more people knew what was going on then we could stand up together and act to put an end to this life altering crime. The first step is to Educate yourself and Teach others the facts. Make smart choices for your children and your grandchildren - if you don't who will?
This morning was the first time I shared this project with my Guild (via Facebook) and everyone is being so supportive! Promising me scraps and to even make bears. I am so touched!
And when I need a break from ironing and then cutting each 2.5yds of fabric? I add to my piles. ;)
If you want to be involved in Project Fill A Bear in some way or learn more about child sex abuse feel free to let me know. Being afraid or ill-informed is not going to change anything.
- rebecca lynne
Disclosure: I am not affiliated with nor do I work for Darkness to Light. I am familiar with their work and support their efforts to empower people about the facts of child sex abuse.