Handmade with a Cause

I’ve been busily creating gifts for friends and family but I’ve also been making for those close to those I love. Cancer took one of my old friends earlier this year and left his family without their bread-winner and lots of medical debt.  To help ease a small bit of the burden I reached out to his widow and asked if she needed anything for the holidays.  I also asked if she needed anything for the kids.  She replied with different things that the kids were interested in so that gave me a good starting point.

But first I had to make something just for her.  I’m sure her daughter will end up with it but it’s the thought that counts, right? I chose the ever popular Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented.  I went with a butterfly theme in cerise and grey.  That crosshatch is from the Reel Time line by Zen Chic and I think I need tons of it in my stash.  I used a butterfly print inside the pockets with grey and cerise for the bag linings.  For her son, a Batman loving soul, I chose the Lego Batman pattern by Kristy of Quiet Play.  I also downloaded Robin.  Both are free patterns on Craftsy.  Just Batman by himself looks awesome.  Then I added Robin and a free Batman symbol from Fandom in Stitches to make a long pillow.   It looks wonderful with the Batman sleeping bag that I got at a super good price at a local Pottery Barn outlet store.  For her daughter I am thinking along the lines of fairies and dragonflies.  It’s all still brewing in my head.

In the meantime, I have this fabulousness that will become another Sew Together Bag. 

Peanuts!!!    I found it all at an Etsy shop called Warm Kitty Quilts.  Delivery was super fast so I was able to make this sweet key fob after I finished the Batman pillow.  


7 thoughts on “Handmade with a Cause

  1. Renee says:

    I love that outer butterfly fabric! I have some hoarded away for a special use. I think using it on this sew together bag was a great idea! And the batman lego pillow is pretty awesome, I’m sure your friend’s son will love it.

  2. Beautiful gifts! What a blessing they will be to your friend and her children!

  3. Great projects for an extremely worthy cause. Love the make up bag – it’s beautiful, and you can pat yourself on the back for your kind thoughtfulness – that’s what really counts in this world – love! Great job being a human being (and a maker, too.!

  4. What a thoughtful thing you’re doing for that whole family!

  5. Jan Murphy says:

    Such a thoughtful person you are!
    Where did you get the metal pieces for the key fob?
    I have looked everywhere I can in Australia and can’t find them anywhere. Jan

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