I have shared pics of the lovely projects the customers at Langley Vacuum and Sewing in Langley, BC do each Christmas. To review: Trudy and her staff pack up little kits with Christmas fabric and (for 2016) they added bits of ribbon, beads, braid, lace  etc. Customers “purchase” these kits but all the money received goes to an orphanage in Kenya, Africa that Trudy and her customers have been supporting for many years.


Each customer is asked to make any project they wish from the fabric and bits & bobs in the kit. They may add other fabric etc to it but should try to use most or all of the fabric in the kit.  These are revealed at our Janome Club Christmas meeting in late November in a wonderful Show & tell event. Then all items are given a number and are displayed in the store until January. Every customer coming into the store: men, children, non-sewing ladies……everyone, is asked to vote for their favourite item on display. The winner is revealed at our next Janome Club meeting – this will be next month/February.


We will also have a bonus winner in February as the randomly selected winner of the 2 books in the Christmas janomelife giveaway was won by a loyal and long time customer of Langley Vacuum & Sewing: DonnaMae W. I am looking forward to handing her prize over to her – she sews so much and so beautifully for many other people in her family + for friends as well as for various charities. You can imagine that I was real thrilled when her number came up – She so deserves to get something!


So ……enjoy the eye candy (above & below) of the wonderful assortment of items the Langley Vacuum and Sewing customers made for the 2016 Christmas Challenge.




About Liz Thompson

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for over 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 sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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