As we begin to approach the busy holiday season, there is one standing tradition at Spoonflower that allows us to embrace the best qualities of the holiday season – kindness and giving. For the 5th year in a row, we are excited to announce that both Spoonflower locations (that’s right… our US and Berlin offices!) will be donation drop-off locations for the Softies for Mirabel Drive, hosted by Pip Lincolne over at Meet Me at Mike’s.
Did you know that for the past 2 months, Spoonflower has been a donation location for the 2015 Softies for Mirabel handmade toy drive? While the Mirabel Foundation may be located down under in Australia, Spoonflower customers and employees were happy to help contribute to this worthy cause to support a Mirabel child. This year, we were overwhelmed by your support and we can't thank you enough! Today, join Spoonflower team member Meredith as she shows you more about the 95 softies donated to the Spoonflower HQ before they venture off to Australia to meet their forever home!
We are delighted to share the Spoonflower Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at our Durham, NC HQ, with our local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild each month. This spring, we partnered with the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild to sponsor a quilt challenge for a local charity, and we are thrilled to congratulate Beky Branagan, the winner of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild Spoonflower Challenge! Read on for more about the challenge!
ConKerr Cancer is a national organization that brightens the days of seriously ill children facing extended stays in the hospital by providing them with their own beautifully handmade pillowcases. We are delighted to host a ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase Sew-In in the Spoonflower Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at our Durham, NC headquarters on Saturday, June 13, from 10am-1pm, and we invite you to join in the effort, no matter where you are!
If you happen to find yourself in Durham on Saturday, June 13, from 10am-1pm, please do join us in the Greenhouse to sew pillowcases for children in local hospitals! Head over to our event page for full details and to RSVP today! We'll provide fabric and notions for folks to create fun pillowcases to donate to our local chapter of ConKerr Cancer!
If you'd like to make pillowcases ahead of time, or if you'd like to organize your own pillowcase sew-in to support local hospitals in your area, follow this quick and easy tutorial provided by ConKerr Cancer. Information about supporting ConKerr Cancer in your area can be found here, along with great resources and instructions for all of the ways you can contribute to such a worthwhile effort. If you're planning an event to support ConKerr Cancer in another area, please do let us know in the comments below. We love sharing fun sewing events with our community!
We look forward to sewing for a great cause with you!
Early in January, we were delighted to have the lovely folks from Threads, a local sewing group, and friends from Spoonflower here in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at our Durham HQ, to participate in a silk scarf sew-in for the Wrap Your Head Around It project. Wrap Your Head Around It is a community action project led by artist Peg Gignoux that integrates writing about the heroic journey of fighting cancer into wearable textiles.
The goal of this effort is to create 200 handmade scarves featuring the words of patients who have participated in a series of writing workshops to describe their experiences with cancer. The project has been fully funded via Kickstarter, writing workshops are complete, and Peg and her team of local textile artists, the Threads group, used the Greenhouse to start stitching the first batch of scarves.
Last weekend we were delighted to have our local Willow Spring, NC chapter of Quilts for Kids in the Greenhouse for a sew-in! With help from volunteers and a generous batting donation from our friends at Fairfield, we are pleased to report that over 30 quilt tops were sewn and we had a marvelous time!
Quilt tops, batting, and lots of smiles as our awesome volunteers strike a pose in our lobby!
You just can't top a perfectly beautiful Saturday morning spent sewing for a great cause, and our Quilts for Kids Sew-In last weekend still has us smiling! The Willow Spring, NC chapter of Quilts for Kids joined us in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at the Spoonflower HQ, for a morning spent assembling the pre-cut quilt kits they continuously (and expertly!) prepare throughout the year. These quilts are donated to various organizations and hospitals that take care of children facing serious illness and children of abuse. We made the call to our amazing Greenhouse community for volunteer sewers for this worthwhile cause, and it was a full house. Our friends at Fairfield were so generous to donate two large rolls of batting for us to use in finishing the quilts, and together we completed over 30 beautifully coordinated quilt tops!
This past weekend, we were delighted to be a part of the annual Make A Blanket Day put on by our local chapter of Project Linus in Raleigh, NC. Project Linus is an organization devoted to comforting kids and teens facing serious illness and trauma with a gift of their own handmade security blanket. Since our local chapter was founded by Susie Holmes in 1996, area "blanketeers" have donated over 27,000 blankets to local agencies and hospitals. Their recent Make A Blanket Day was a huge success, and we were so excited to present our finished quilting bee blanket created by members of our Greenhouse community!
Local Project Linus coordinator Susie Holmes accepts our Greenhouse blanket.
This fall, we're excited to take advantage of the amazing variety of cut-and-sew plushie designs in the Spoonflower marketplace to participate in the Softies for Mirabel handmade toy drive! This annual toy drive supports the Mirabel Foundation, an Australian organization that offers support to children affected by parental substance abuse. This year, we'll be collecting handmade toys and hosting a plushie sew-in here in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space at our Durham, NC headquarters, to support this amazing effort to raise awareness and spread some love!
It's no secret that we just love plushies here at the Spoonflower offices! When they're not starring in our little videos or giving us endless crafting possibilities, they're just really fun to have around the office for, you know, us to play with any kids who stop by the office. But this fall, we're excited to enlist our plushie friends to do some good for kids across the sea in Australia, so we're putting out the call for contributions for the 7th annual Softies for Mirabel, a handmade toy drive organized by the folks over at Meetmeatmikes.com.