A little introduction:

I am Rosemary Mengelkoch, the new Community Sewing Coordinator. I sewed most my life but with raising three kids, working and often going to school, it was something I thought about a lot more than I actually did. I have truly enjoyed reconnecting and growing my fabric arts since retirement. I am also passionate about giving back and helping others. You can contact me at community_service@asg-mpls-stpaul.org.

You will find a new tab on the “My Grove” site specifically for community sewing activities and needs. If you know of an organization that would like help in any way please feel free to post the request on this tab. I will also be reporting out on activities our group is doing and projects that have been completed. 

One very fun Community Service Day was scheduled by Donella Petro in conjunction with a local 4H group of kids.The Coon Rapids Community Cable News came to the site and did a great story on the value of sewing skills and the benefit to our kids and community.Here is a link to the story you can watch.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJvemq0lMkQ.

The Anoka-Champlin Neighborhood Group spent two nights making mittens and items given to a grade school for their Christmas Boutique. Kids were able to buy Christmas gifts for siblings and parents at a very good price.

Please contact me or go onto My Grove if you organize any activities benefiting our communities or have any requests of the group.

Updates from MyGrove:

“Donella Patro hosted a community sewing day at her home the 2nd week in January.  31 fleece hats, 25 scarves and 7 pairs of mittens were taken to Mary's Place for the homeless.  Marilyn Garcea, doing home sewing, donated 31 draw string bags, and 20 pillow cases to be donated.  Nice work ladies” 


Community Sewing ASG Minnesota

By Rosemary Mengelkoch

Charitable sewing can be a fun and creative process done either as a group or alone between personal projects.  There are so many needs that one can always find a fit between the needed items and what you enjoy making.  Great fellowship days can be had when our members gather together to create.

Sometimes it is relaxing after a particular complex or difficult sewing project to just do some mindless, repetitive cutting and sewing that you know will be appreciated by less fortunate people.   And let’s not forget, some of the projects are great ways to use up some of that stash.

Here are some ideas to make the efforts fun.  Set aside one neighborhood ASG meeting or select a date and invite friends to your home or a reserved location.  Decide on a project (s) by gathering ideas from the group and add fun to the day by encouraging a pot-luck lunch or dinner or keep it simple and order pizza.  Not everyone may need to drag their sewing machines, remember someone has to cut out, iron, and perhaps finish with hand stitching.

Here are a few ideas but by no means a complete list.

  • Hats, mittens, scarves for shelters or nearby grade schools.  (Every teacher would love to have a “classroom” pair of mittens for when students don’t bring them for recess)
  • Quilts, blankets for homeless shelters or baby quilts for hospitals.  One fun idea is for each person in your neighborhood group to do a block for a quilt and then have someone sew them together.
  • Ouch Pouches for breast cancer patients
  • Walker bags, either for veteran homes or retirement homes
  • Childrens’ Walker bags for children hospitals
  • Summer dresses for Africa or foreign countries.  While there are many organizations that would be interested, BIZAA (Moving African children from the streets to the classroom) is an organization one of our members is very familiar with
  • Senior bibs
  • Alzheimer busy-mats – See many different options on sites such as Pinterest
  • Neck warmers  (Long fleece tube with rice inside that can be heated in the microwave)
  • Shoes (Sole Hope, www.solehope.org ). This organization asks for you to cut out shoe pieces that will be sent overseas to have locals put them together, thereby providing not only clean shoes but also jobs.
  • Girl’s Sanitary napkin projects.  I found Sew in Peace (sewinpeace.blogspot.com) , Too Little Children (http://toolittlechildren.org/pad-project/) and Days for Girls (https://www.daysforgirls.org ).  All of the are organizations interested in obtaining the sanitary items.  See their websites.

Lolita and Rosemary joined forces with the Minneapolis Institute of Art to bring an exhibit to life.  They helped sew pillows with CarryOn Homes.  See the results at the MIA.