I haven’t sewed any fabric gift bags or wine bottle bags this year, but that doesn’t mean I have stopped making bags! This crop of drawstring bags will be headed to the Days for Girls foundation, where they will be used to hold feminine hygiene kits for girls who would otherwise have to stay home from school when they have their periods.
From the foundation’s website:
“What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school, DAYS without income, DAYS without leaving the house? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find…but still miss up to 2 months of school every year. Worse, girls are often exploited in exchange for hygiene (see one girl talk about it here). It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world. The poverty cycle can be broken when girls stay in school.”
You can find patterns on the Days for Girls site for sewing all the components of the hygiene kits. I zeroed in on the bags because of my love of making bags.
I’d love to know what charities you all support with your sewing. Do you have one you especially recommend to the rest of us?