CELEBRATING CREATIVITY, COMMUNITY & KIDS
The Global Kids Sewing Party is a month long celebration for kids to sew a softie to gift to someone in their community and began in 2019 when Trixi partnered with the Children’s Museum of the Arts, NYC and it’s Civickids program and founded the first ever Sew a Softie Global Kids Sewing Party.
Kids joining in, learn not only, in many cases, how to sew and create a softie but also that community means supporting and looking out for each other…and they learn that this is something they can do right now.
SIGN UP now to join the party!
Thank you to the 2024 sponsors who have donated prizes for this years GKSP participants.
Remember you need to post an image of your party in the Sew a Softie facebook group or on insta and tag me @sewasoftie or email me your image to be eligible!
Thank you to
Singer for a Heavy Duty 6800C Sewing Machine
Bernina Australia for a Bernette 33 Sewing Machine
Aurifil for a box of threads
Clover Needlecraft for sewing supplies.
Fairfield World for 2 x 20lb box of Poly-fil and Oly-fun.
Beacon for a case of Multi-Purpose Adhesive Spray, a case of Felt Glue a case of Tacky Glue
National Nonwovens for felt.
Oliso for their amazing iTouch Smart iron.
CleverPatch for 3 x $250 vouchers.
Zart Art for 1 x $100 voucher.
Kunin Felt 2 x $50 vouchers.
Beginning on the 1st March and continuing for the whole month, kids all around the world will be sewing a softie and gifting it to someone or some group in their community.
Everyone’s welcome…schools, libraries, scout groups, sewing circles, families, anyone at all…and you don’t need to know how to sew…anyone who wants to sew a softie is invited to learn how easy sewing can be.
Many schools join in by getting a younger class to draw a picture of a monster which the older students then turn into a soft toy to gift to the younger child. Lesson plan coming soon!
Don’t forget: Post your pics on instagram and hashtag #sewasoftie and @sewasoftie so I can see them and repost or come over to the Sew a Softie facebook group and post in the group!
Not sure how to start sewing with your kids or students.
Here’s a guide on sewing with kids.
Well, SQUARE ZENKI is an easy and creative fun first project to get kids hand sewing and loving it!
Or have a look at The Zenki Way: A Guide to Designing & Enjoying Your Own Creative Softies to find lots of easy sewing projects for kids as well as a comprehensive guide to the materials you need to get started and a special chapter on Running a Zenki Workshop.
If you’re looking for a fun machine sewing project then, Jennifer Long @beesewinspired has this sweet turtle softie for you to sew.
Here’s a Get To Know My Softie printable kids can fill to let the new recipient of the softie know a little about their new softie friend.
WHERE TO DONATE YOUR SOFTIES
In the past, softies have been donated to all sorts of interesting places including cat shelters, fire stations and Ronald McDonald house. Some kids have gifted their softies to a favourite teacher or friend.
In some schools students in an older grade have sewn softies for their kindy buddies based on a drawing done by the kindy child.
If you’re looking for a charity to donate your softies to take a look at Arts for Little Hearts which was started by 2 teenage brothers. Arts for Little Hearts can arrange to have your softies delivered to a hospital for you.
Here’s a great article on charities to sew for.
NUMBER OF KIDS JOINING IN 2023
COUNTRIES JOINING IN 2023
Australia, Bolivia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, India, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Sweden, The Netherlands, UAE, U.S.A and Wales