Step 1: Select a Site
Step 2: Plan Your Dates, Times and Advertising
Step 3: Gather Your Supplies
Step 4: Prizes
Step 5: Setting Up Your Site
- Food/Break Area (we will talk about this later)
- Supply Area (this is where you centrally locate scissors, thread, yarn, and other shared supplies.)
- Prize Area (we will talk about this later)
Step 6: Running the Event
- Ask for people to RSVP – It really makes it easier if you know how many people are showing up with sewing machines.
- Food Area – When we start planning the event we usually set aside a small amount of money to pay for plates, utensils, coffee and donuts.
- Radio – Playing holiday music really gets everyone in the mood. It also relaxes people and makes it easier to talk to a room full of strangers.
- TV/DVD Player – This comes in handy for the kids.
- Registration Sheets/Door Prize Tickets – It’s important that you get the names and contact information of everyone there.
- Put up directional signs – Depending on your site, you may need to have signs telling people where you’re meeting.
- Pre-cut some strips for quilting – There are going to be quite a few people arriving who are all ready to go.
- Give people instructions – We’ve made a PowerPoint presentation that we use to help people understand the process.
- Designate a Ring Leader - We have found it necessary to designate someone as ring leader.
Step 7: Making the Quilts
This part has been separated into several steps to better fit the Instructable format.
By the way, we photograph all of our quilts as they are finished. It gives everyone a chance to cheer and share in a sense of accomplishment.
Step 8: Making the Quilts: Step 1
The fabric is sorted into similar weights and styles.
Step 9: Making the Quilts: Step 2
The fabric is cut into strips 3” wide. The length doesn’t matter.
Step 10: Making the Quilt: Step 3
Step 11: Making the Quilt: Step 4
Step 12: Making the Quilt: Step 5
Step 13: Making the Quilt: Step 6
Once the top has been sewn together it will be given to someone so it can be tied to the backing with yarn.
This is an area that most children are very good at doing.
Step 14: Making the Quilt: Step 7
Once the backing and top have been tied together it will need to be taken back to the sewing machines for the edges to be finished.
Step 15: Clean Up!
Grand Prize in the
Sew Warm Contest