So, I don't think I need to tell you guys how much I love Above All Fabric, but I'm going to remind you again. True story: My husband recently recommended that we rent an RV next time we're in the states and drive across the country. Before I got to the part where that's what airplanes and hotels are for, my first thought was that I could stop in Tucson and visit my favorite fabric shop! Ok, it's an online shop, so maybe just Melanie's storage room. But still, I think if I begged (or camped outside her front door) she would let me :)
Ok, my stalker plans aside and back to the point of this post: Melanie has just offered one more reason to love her shop. She is using her powers for good, in an on-going blog series called Caring Communities. You can read all about the different charity programs she has become involved in on her blog. Living overseas as an American, the military is very near and dear to our hearts, so I chose to make a couple drawstring bags for her Operation Care Package program.
If you have some scrap fabric and a couple minutes of extra time, I encourage you to check out her site and make some bags too (she provides a tutorial). There are also different ways and different items you can donate, so if drawstring bags aren't your thing, you can still get involved.
I hope these bags are patriotic without being too kitschy. I made them using my beloved Ikea striped home dec weight and some twill tape. With the french seams, they ended up being a lot sturdier than I expected. You could squeeze a baby elephant in there and those bags wouldn't bat an eye. Hopefully someone gets some good use out of them!