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Enchanted Makeovers

Have you heard about the good work being done by Enchanted Makeovers? Founded by Terry Grahl, this non-profit company’s goal is to improve women and girls’ shelters by enriching them with not only a fresh look but with homemade items.

One of our favorite quilt designers, the energy-packed Pat Sloan, has been working with Terry and Enchanted Makeovers to outfit a permanent sewing room at the Detroit Alternatives for Girls shelter. Alternatives for Girls has dedicated one room for a permanent sewing space where local quilters and sewers are going to be running an ongoing program to teach the girls to sew.

Enchanted Makeovers’ mission for “The Sacred Sewing Room Program” is to create an Enchanted Space to Learn, Teach, Share, and Discover the Golden Thread that Connects Us All! So they’re not just putting together a typical sewing room full of fabric, thread, patterns, and machines. Enchanted Makeovers’ Sacred Sewing Room Program is much deeper than that; Enchanted Makeovers is working to combine the life skill of sewing with the power of the human connection. This sacred space will be a place where both every day sewers and awarding-winning instructors alike will volunteer their time to share their sewing skills and (more importantly) share of themselves. The women in the shelter and the instructors will tell their personal stories of trials, triumphs, and dreams for their lives.

Pat has asked us to help out, too, with a donation of fabric, notions, and Leisure Arts sewing, quilting, and general craft books. Check out what we sent—

The Big Green Book of Recycled Crafts

Stripped Down Patchwork

The Best of Sew Simple Magazine

Pat Sloan’s Favorite Techniques

I Can’t Believe I’m Quilting

Beginner-Friendly Quilts

Cool Stuff Friendship Bracelets

Cool Stuff Teach Me to Quilt

Best of Fons & Porter: Easy Quilts

Fresh Impressions

And more!

And check out Jean (quilt editor) and Cheryl (quilt director)! They look pretty happy about packing up that box!

Have you been doing any sewing- or quilting- related charity work that makes you happy? Are you sharing your creativity with a group of young people in a special way? Tell us about it in a comment below by Tuesday, August 16, and tell me which of the books above that you might like to have in your home library ’cause I might be willing to give a couple of them away!

7 thoughts on “Enchanted Makeovers”

  • Lisa

    Wow what a wonderful gift you are giving these young ladies!!I've been blessed too by women that welcomed and taught me the beginning of quilting this past year. One kind member gave me supplies like a mat, pins, rotary cutter, and some rulers so I could cut at home. Another member gave me a sewing machine for Christmas! I'm single parent and could have never purchased them or paid for instruction. I started to attend a knit group too. One kind lady gave us needles and a case and yarn!Whatever you do to share these skills is such a wonderful gift to someone!!!!! On October 8th I have a room booked at the library for a Fiber Arts time. I hope to have different types of yarn, unspun fiber, and several quilt blocks that show American history. I'm not skilled enough to teach but I hope to have at least two experienced knitters and crocheters from our prayers shawl group that can give instruction to any children that want to learn! BTW We have your book 99 Knit Stitches and my 12 year old son is doing great with it! The instructions are very clear!

  • Sharon P

    What a wonderful charity - I think the book Best of Fons and Porter: Easy Quilts would look good on my bookshelf! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • n7lqk

    I'd be interested in the Friendship Bracelets book. Although I would probably give some of them away, this is a purely selfish desire. I enjoyed making the bracelets when I was a teen.

  • Debbie

    I would love to have Pat Sloan's favourite techniques in my library! I am going to make a quilt for the CBCF CIBC Run for the Cure (Prince George site) in 2012, which will be raffled ... the colours are purples, pinks, grey / silver! Can't wait to get started!

  • Gayle

    Beginner quilts would be the one I would since I am just starting to quilt. I have made many baby hats for preemies at hospitals for low income. I love to crochet. But I have just started taking quilting classes and would like to find some easy projects. Thanks

  • PatSloan

    I blogged about Enchanted Makeovers today...thank you Leisure Arts for helping out!

  • Merrilee

    And the winner is Sharon P. Sharon, you'll be getting an email from me. As soon as I get your mailing address, I'll get your book in the mail!

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