I’ve blogged about them several times already, but let me say it again: I love me some Dolly Donations!! Their mission is to provide a bit of comfort in the form of handmade cloth dolls to needy children around the world – children in poverty, children who have been orphaned, or children experiencing crisis. Their current drive is sending dolls to orphans in Haiti. You can read more about the current drive and the children it benefits here.
Because we believe so much in Dolly Donations, we’re issuing the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation Challenge! How many dollies can Craft Gossip readers create in just one month?
If you’d like to participate, set a Dolly Donation goal for yourself. It can be 1 dolly, 3 dollies, 5 dollies, or more. Don’t worry if you’re still a beginner sewist. The dolls are simple to make , and there are patterns available over at the Dolly Donations website. (They also have tutorials showing how to add some fun details.) The basic doll pattern has “clothes” stitched as part of the dolly body. If you want to make removable clothing, I’ll be posting a tutorial/pattern for a dress for a girl doll, and a t-shirt and shorts combo for a boy doll.
You can mail your completed dollies to me. (I’m not so keen on posting my home address out here for all the world to see, so just drop me an email at email@example.com and I’ll send you my address.) I’ll keep them safe and sound until the end of the Dolly Donation Challenge, at which point I’ll take a lovely group photo and send them on from there.
We’ll keep the Craft Gossip Dolly Donation rolling throughout the month of July. If you have any questions about our challenge, please give me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for mailing the dollies to me is August 7, 2010. I can’t wait to see how much we can do!!
[photos and buttons from Dolly Donations]
[tags]sewing, charity, dolly donations, doll, dolly, children, challenge, craft gossip[/tags]
By Anne Weaver