Donating warmth twelve blankets at a time.

 

Last month our Volunteer Day produced washable warmth and coziness 12x over with double-sided blankets donated to St. Vincent DePaul who is still in urgent need of new blankets.

TODAY, we’re reprising our blanket project with an interesting twist!

One of our community partners donated yards of quilted fabric woven with kevlar running through it.

We’ll be replacing one side of the blankets with this still surprisingly soft material, and hope to deliver another dozen layers of soft secure warmth after our time together today!

TODAY!
Wednesday Sept 6th 12 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Past Project The Longest Table | Reusable Cloth Napkins

After attending their March 2017 event, our lead project manager Rachel DB was compelled to offer our services to make and donate 90+ reusable cloth napkins to The Longest Table Dayton. The donation landed just in time for their April Earth Day meal and conversation hosted at the Lincoln Hills Garden.

” I was delighted by how well received the napkins were. To me, it is a simple item, a utility I’ve made dozens upon dozens of times and use everyday at home. I realized through seeing the reaction on individual’s faces that this may have been the first time some had the opportunity to connect a sewn item directly with the person who made it. ”

– Rachel Dominguez-Benner, DSC Lead Project Manager

 

We set to work sorting through cotton donations we’d received since opening and selecting prints that would wear well with use.

After cutting the fabric into sizeable squares our volunteers set about serging the edges with Bulky Nylon and the rolled-hem setting on our consumer grade sergers. We used The branding colors of the Longest Table robin’s egg blue and sunshine yellow, to create fun and lighthearted reusable napkins!

Another project that encourages community, personal connection, and pride in our neighborhoods and city. We were honored to contribute to the work of The Longest Table.

If you’d like to attend a Longest Table event, they are held monthly with a focal event in the autumn. Find all about the happenings and the story / mission behind the meals at thelongesttabledayton.com, and if you see Rachel DB there, say hello!

 

{That’s Rachel DB on the right.}

 

 

Past Project Dayton Metro Library | Sit-upons

COLLABORATION CREATES COMFY CUSHIONS FOR KIDS

AT THE DAYTON METRO LIBRARY

(February 24, 2017) — When you’re a kid at a Library Storytime, it’s nice to have a little extra cushioning between yourself and the floor. Thanks to the Dayton Sewing Collaborative, children at all of the new or newly remodeled Dayton Metro Libraries have cheerful, durable cushions to sit upon.

 

The cushions are custom-made by The Dayton Sewing Collaborative, a community-based economic development organization that works to increase the viability of sewing as a career and manufacturing base in the Ohio Valley. The nonprofit Collaborative offers sewing services and workforce development programs.

 

“It’s wonderful to work with a local nonprofit doing such great things for workforce development, which is one of the Library’s strategic initiatives as well,” said Jayne Klose, the Library’s Community Engagement Manager.

 

“The Dayton Sewing Collaborative is honored to collaborate with the Library on this project,” said Brenda Rex of the Collaborative. “Being involved in all phases of the project, from concept through manufacturing, was a great learning opportunity and has opened doors to other opportunities.”

 

For children at the Library, the cushions are more than just comfy seating. They can actually help kids focus and learn.

 

“Children stay on the cushions and really pay attention,” said Terri Stringer, Children’s Services Librarian at the Vandalia Branch Library. Stringer uses the cushions for her Toddler and Preschool Storytimes. “I tell the children about the Sewing Collaborative and that people from Dayton made them, and the children find the story really interesting.”

 

“They even help teach responsibility,” said Jennifer Buckner, Children’s Services Librarian at the Kettering-Moraine Branch. “Each child prepares for Storytime by choosing their seat and they all help put them away when Storytime is done.”

 

Eventually all Dayton Metro Libraries will have the cheerful, washable cushions available for children’s programs. To find a Storytime program, visit the Events Calendar at DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call (937) 463-BOOK.