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Last spring, I set up what I thought would be a fun little project, which I called Stitch Swap. Well, it was fun, but it wasn't so little. Over 300 people signed up, stitched pretty things, and sent them off to a new home. Over 300! And there were still folks who didn't get the chance to participate.

So I thought we might need to do something like the Stitch Swap again, but this time, it'll be a little different. This fall, we're doing what I'm calling stitch&send. It's not a swap, because when you stitch this time, you won't get a hoop in return.

What? Is that right? I know there were a few mailing glitches in the spring, with some folks waiting a while. (Dorothee, I've still got you covered!) You won't get a hoop from another stitcher this time, because stitch&send pieces are all going to one place:

The Giving Heart

The Giving Heart is an organization in Richmond, VA that distributes items to those in need. Several times a year, they hand out Giving Bags, which contain soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant, plus sometimes a few other items. Their next event is tied to a Thanksgiving meal they are preparing for more than 3000 people in the Richmond community. 3000!

Here's where we come in. This project was brought to me by Abbie, who felt called to do something special. She is making and collecting reusable tote bags to donate. And she called on me to invite you to help make the bags extra special!

Here's what you can do:

Stitch a design in a 4-inch hoop. (It can be free-embroidery, machine embroidery, cross-stitch, any kind of stitching!) Iron it, and trim it to be a patch about four inches (with at least 1/4 inch of fabric around the stitching). Mail what you've made to Abbie.

Abbie is coordinating sewing patches onto bags, but you can help even more!

Here's what else you can do:

Make a reusable tote bag, or buy one and embroider your "patch" directly onto the bag. Better yet, consider making multiples of the patches and/or bags! Above all...spread the word!

Abbie has a goal of 200 bags, but let's do better than that. Let's do WAY better than that and really surprise both her and The Giving Heart! I'll be doing some stitching here, and I'll be sharing some patterns you can use (come back next Friday, or just start stitching something a recipient might like!).

For more information, including where to mail these, visit Abbie's blog.

The deadline for mailing is the first week of November. We've got a little bit of time, but not a lot! So let's do something big as we stitch&send!


  1. Perfect idea! I'm in already! If 300 joined the swap last time, then at least 300 bags could be made (o:
    Happy weekend!

  2. What a great idea! I'm going to do my best to get a patch done and sent in time :)

  3. Count me in! Patches, no problem, but any idea what size/dimensions the organization might want for the totes?

    1. They don't have a size requirement, but think book bag or reusable grocery tote.

  4. Such a great idea!


  5. What a lovely idea - I will definitely take part.

  6. Anonymous11:29 AM

    my brother and sister-in-law just moved to Richmond, so I'll be taking part in this special project

  7. Great! I will try to add it to my already busy schedule. :)

  8. Love this idea Mollie! I'm in for sure!

  9. It's nice to make something special for those not so fortunate. I'm totally in!

  10. I would love to make and send a bag, unfortunately I am hopeless at embroidery, could I embellish a tote and send.


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