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Helping Stand Down help vets

May 25, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
I was reminded of a project I saw a few years ago while reading the article by Jenn Brookens on Stand Down to help homeless veterans (Sentinel May 17).

There’s a sewing show on PBS called “Sewing with Nancy” that not only gives sewing tips, but highlights community projects under “Creative Kindness”. One of those was Care Cloths, which are made from a regular facecloth and used to store small personal hygiene items, like razors and blades, lip balm, trial size packs of wipes, eye drops or whatever else is needed.

All you have to do is fold the facecloth over 4 inches, use pins to hold it. Mark how big you want the pockets, then stitch the straight seams. The directions call for a ribbon to be stitched into the right side seam, but I used a shoestring that I stitched a loop around — not through — that way, if the shoestring is needed for the shoe, it can be pulled out and used.

You can use a sewing machine or hand sew it like I did. Make the pockets whatever width you want to fit the items you have. Insert the items, roll it up and tie it shut. It’s fairly compact and the facecloth can still be used for washing.

With Stand Down requesting toiletries, I thought that would be a great way vets could keep everything organized and packed for mobility.

For more information about other projects to help your community or the world, visit online or write Nancy’s Notions; 333 Beichl Ave.; P.O. Box 683; Beaver Dam, WI 53916-0683.


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