This month's project from Hopeful Threads is "Remembering Service Men and Woman." I grew up a Navy BRAT, so this is very near and dear to my heart. We are sewing e reader covers and/or pillowcases for soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Kristy has a friend who's husband is currently in Afghanistan and so the items are being sent to his battery, with the hope in mind that so many covers and pillowcases are made that the overflow can be sent to another battery nearby. I love the idea of sending a message of love and support to our men and woman in the armed forces.
Kristy has set up a Pinterest board that is just full of tutorials. I chose to purchase one from Birdful Stitches, I liked the review that Kristy did with it. The instructions were easy to follow and I liked that there were measurements for all the popular e-readers out there. I made two covers for the Kindle Fire.
Gender neutral fabric was requested in these items and I can't tell you how much I struggle with that! :) I've been told that things I think are gender neutral are in fact, quite feminine. So hopefully my fabric choice isn't too bad. I was going for cheerful and happy. And there isn't any pink anywhere. :)
I've had this fabric hanging around in my stash for a while. My thought was to make curtains for my laundry room with it, because it feels so sunny and happy to me. But then I decided to go another way with my laundry room (a project still in progress) and so I decided to use it for this project. I love the blue and yellow together, and the informal plaid seems cheerful to me.
I used a basic blender for the contrast pieces to pick up that darker blue.
For the second cover, I used fabric I had left from the Boy's Shorts Project. To me, it is a sweet, homey type of print. And you can't go wrong with the red, white and blue, right?
These were fairly quick to make and used minimal fabric. The pattern calls for 3 fat quarters. So dig into your stash and show some love to our service men and women!! I love the monthly projects and sewing to make a difference. Thank you, Kristy!!