OK….do you remember the Challenge I put out on this blog a few months back asking you to make cosmetic bags/purses that we can fill with toiletries to give to various charities this Christmas?

Please refer to the previous posts on this subject on 18th Feb; 9th March; 25th March. Just scroll down the archives on the right hand side of this blog’s home page.

The idea is to also collect lots of those little shampoos, soaps, toothbrushes, toothpastes, etc that we get from hotels on our travels or from our dentist……or wherever.  Just unused, sealed goodies that will be very useful to folk who are needing a little bit of cheer & assistance in their lives – packed into cosmetic purses sewed by our loyal JANOME customers on their JANOME sewing machines.

Here is an update:

  1. I am working on prizes for this Challenge: we talked about prizes for the person who makes the most number of little purses and another for the favourite bag decided by popular vote. I will be taking pics of the bags as they come in & will post these so you may vote for your favourite in due course.
  3. If all goes according to plan, I will post the pics on this blog during October for you to vote for your favourite one.
  4. Distribution of bags to various charities will be done in late November/Dec- in time for Christmas.
  5. I am THRILLED  to tell you that the customers at LANGLEY VACUUM & SEWING  quite overwhelmed me when I visited the store to do an event recently! They presented me with lots of cosmetic bags SEWN ON THEIR JANOME MACHINES!!! + boxes & bags of toiletries to put into the cosmetic bags. One lady even stopped at a local hotel & asked if they would be prepared to donate some shampoos etc and so her 4 bags came already packed with goodies! Thank you, Mickey.  Here are some pic’s of what I brought back to the office & sorted. There were zipper bags; clicker bags; Some were embroidered, some were embellished with decorative stitches, some were lined with plastic. Langley Vacuum & Sewing ladies ….you did real good -THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!




WONDERFUL! I hope this inspires those of you who would like to join in with this charity sewing project. Remember that you can drop any cosmetic purses and toiletries off at any of our JANOME CANADA  dealers. Please just be sure that you put your name & contact details in with your donation so that you can be eligible for our Challenge prizes. 

Please also be sure that your dealer is aware of this project and knows they need to contact me (LIZ) at the Vancouver office to arrange to get the donations together for packing & distribution to applicable charities. For example, these Langley ladies would like their bags to go to Langley Women’s shelters so we are currently compiling a list & depending on how many we collect together, they may go to more than one place. Other stores may choose to have their bags delivered to a different charity in their area. But our aim is to have enough gathered together to make deliveries viable & worthwhile for each charity selected. SO….the more the merrier!!  The plan is to do this in time for Christmas 2013.

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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