February 17, 2010

Hygiene for Haiti

I was asked by some ladies at my church to help teach a class doing a service project, in the way of a craft. It was for 12 -13 yr old girls and their moms. I was stumped as to what I could teach and then the horrifying earthquake struck in Haiti, and this is what I conjured up.

You may be like..."what the heck is that". Well, it is a wash bag that is AMAZING to use. It has a bar of soap inside. You suds it up, use it to wash your body, rinse it and hang it to dry until the next day. It was very simple to sew up and the drawstring is made out of ribbon that is simply tied until you need to replace the bar of soap.

They are made from washcloths, discounted ribbon, and obviously a bar of soap.

Once the bags were made and the ribbon was threaded through, we stuffed them with the soap and wound them up on themselves and added the instructions.

We had 2 classes and only a half an hour for each class. We got an assembly line going and with 5 sewing machines and lots of happy, helping hands, we managed to whip out 89 bags, fully assembled and ready to be added to hygiene kits to send over to Haiti.

A very good man who attends our church here is a "biggie" at Coats & Clark and gave us the thread we needed. For teaching the class he gave me... all of this luscious colored thread.

Now that's what I call karma!!

I think these bags are so ingenious. They work great and would make such a cute gift if you embroidered a monogram or anything on them.
Adorable, if I do say so myself.

xo Emily xo


Kristina P. said...

What a great project, Emily! Love this idea.

andrea creates said...

What a great idea!

Lisa B. said...

Very, very clever!! And what a wonderful service project!
I don't know if your header has been up for awhile now, or not, but I LOVE it!!

Lisa :)

Connie said...

What a fantastic idea . . . and for such a good cause too!

Sounds like everyone's a winner here!


Deedra said...

You're wonderful, Em! Good Karma, indeed!


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Anonymous said...

Its so great that your helping those that lost all they had because of that earthquake!
This is also a great idea for bathrooms that have kids! My kid always squishes and deforms the soap, usually making a mess. But if I use one of these bags she wont be able to break the soap into tiny pieces!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

I LUB it. What a great idea!

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