Tips for Hosting a Baby Bootie Making Party

Thanks for hosting a baby bootie making party!

  1.  First, gather a list of friends who knit, crochet, and/or sew.
  2. Decide on a time and place.  Think about how many tables, chairs and outlets for sewing machines (if needed) you will need.  Your local yarn/fabric shop might be a great place to have your party.
  3. Invite your friends. Remind them to bring yarn or felt in shades of black, white, and/or gray. Get RSVPs and distribute a supply list from the free patterns (below), or use this one:
    1. Black, white, gray felt (wool, rayon, or acrylic) and fabrics
    2.    (Scraps are great for this project)
    3. Scraps of trim and lace
    4. Embellishments of your choice (buttons, etc.)
    5. Paper scissors
    6. Fabric scissors
    7. Pinking shears (optional)
    8. Needle and thread for hand-stitching/embellishments (optional)
    9. Pins
    10. Fabric glue
  4. Have copies of some free patterns on hand.  Click here for a list.  Some simple patterns can be completed in a half hour or less (though, of course, this is not a race!).
  5. For sewing parties, each participant might focus on cutting out patterns for 10 pairs of booties and embellishing them.  Take them home to finish sewing, and you don’t have to worry about bringing in sewing machines.  Just be sure to send in the finished products!
  6. Invite your local TV station or newspaper (click here to find out how), and your local elected officials (click here) to help get the word out.
  7. Will you have snacks?  Snacks are always a good idea!
  8. Make copies of this handout to talk about the issues and solutions to infant mortality.  This is a sad topic, but the good news is that we know what has to be done.  With this knowledge, we can advocate for changes in policy that will save lives.
  9. Post a video or pictures of your party to facebook.com/themourningproject–show off your progress!
  10. Distribute one  Checklist and Permissions Form for each maker.  Have them complete the form and send it with their baby shoes to Mary Vaneecke, 2000 S. Hermosa, Tucson, AZ 85713.  
  11. HAVE FUN!

And thank you for being a part of TheMourningProject.com

Mary Vaneecke


 

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