Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Crafting a Little Hope

The boy and I have started a new project.

We'll be making fabric bracelets to contribute to Craft Hope's Project 12. In partnership with Orphan Outreach, Craft Hope is collecting handmade bracelets to give to Russian children who've been abandoned, abused and are living in poverty.

Why I love this project?
  • It's such a lovely cause with a warm heart.
  • It will involve my child. The boy and I will work on this project as a team. My hope is that he will help in every aspect of design and creation. As a bonus, I will take the opportunity to turn this into a social science, history and geography lesson all-rolled-in-one for him (and for me too!)
  • Each bracelet will be a unique treasure made with lots o' love. Each will be different and hopefully impress within each child-recipient a feeling of their own specialness.
  • This is the perfect stash-busting project. The smallness of each bracelet allows us to utilize some of the tiny yet gorgeous crafty bits and pieces that we may not otherwise use.
  • We will be able to make a nice bunch of bracelets. Our goal is to fashion a dozen fabric bracelets over the next few weeks.
In the end, we will create several small, sweet, one-of-a-kind bracelets, that will light up the hearts of some children who could really use a boost.

What have we accomplished so far?

Well, we're still in the design phase. The boy drew out some tiny pictures which I've transferred onto freezer-paper.

I'm in the midst of cutting out his designs with my Exacto knife. Aren't the teensy stencils cute?

And that's what we've done so far. I'll post more pictures as we progress.

If you'd like to join in, all the details are available at Craft Hope.

Now please enjoy your day, and I'll see you again soon!


  1. Oh Michele, what a beautiful project. And such a lesson for your son. I'll have to look into this Craft Hope...what a great idea )

  2. I saw the new Craft Hope project announcement the other day and thought it would be great to involve my oldest. Thanks for the reminder, Michele.

  3. This is such a rewarding project! Quite taken by it and would have to see more!

  4. I love that bird! Tiny freezer stencils...I am intrigued. Can't wait to see the gifts you make for these faraway kid. So cool that you and the boy are in this together!

  5. I love that bird too! And that bike is a real cool design! That is really difficult to take a known image and make your very own and unique design out of it. All compliments to your son! Would even make a great pattern for some fabric applique!

  6. thanks Peaches, I think it's a great project too!

  7. Thank you for sharing this project, Michele! I think my daughter and I will organize a little beading party with some of her friends and share some cupcakes and bracelet love at the same time!

  8. so cute & interesting project..i hope you both (Mom & Boy) are enjoying this activity..stay happy dear,will love to see nexttttttt :)

  9. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [21 Apr 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  10. Susan said...

    Thank you so much for this fantastic posting. My son, age 3 1/2, and I made 9 bracelets and will be walking them to our post office tomorrow morning. If you'd like to see them, here's a link to my blog:

  11. We plan to make a bunch soon too! I can't wait to see yours! Have fun!


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