I'm very, very excited to be going on my second mission trip this December. I'm spending the next two months playing hostess and planner for sewing classes (see title) and bake sales! Plus, I'm finishing up a '50s dress sewing class and costuming for another play. Suffice it to say, I'm not much for constant peace and quiet.
This post regards the preparations I'm making for the launch of my sewing group tonight. Our goal is to make as many little skirts and dresses as we can to take to El Salvador this December.
I made a Pinterest Board with lots of refashions, free patterns and tutorials. Here's some of our inspiration below with links (if applicable)...
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Plus several other patterns that I drafted myself (yay!) and some refashions I've done for my little sisters :) I will be posting some tutorials pertaining to those selfsame homemade patterns very soon and I will have pictures of our class creations, as well, so stay tuned.
How to Organize a Missions Trip Sewing Class
1. Get it in the bulletin!
This is very important. Especially if this mission trip is being supported or hosted by your church or a team of churches. Get your info in the bulletin(s), online and post about it on Facebook; just make sure you get the word out (and a phone number where people can reach you). You can have everything planned perfectly, then suddenly, no one shows up because they didn't know in the first place. Also be sure to include another sentence if you need donations of fabric, etc.
2. Plan Ahead of Time
The last thing you want is to be scrambling around at the last minute (like I am today). Be sure you have a place to meet, make up any examples ahead of time, have all your materials packed up (if you're meeting isn't in your house) and have everything set up an hour early.
Be very, very sure that you have a whiteboard to work with! Here is where you can write down examples, schematics (for people who really can't see it in their head) and ideas. And you can list personal bullet-points regarding what you want to say to introduce the purpose of the class and the trip, etc.
4. Don't Stress
This might seem to be the most obvious, but it's just as important as anything else. Hakuna Matata! (Totally kidding! If you don't care about how things will work out, you're probably not reading this blog post in the first place.) Keep the focus on the lives you're going to touch and the children and families that will be blessed by your effort and sacrifice. Don't fuss over every single itsy-bitsy detail and the seam that must be perfect. The truth is, these children are going to be blessed no matter what! Pray for them as you sew. It really helps!
5. Bring a Suitcase
It's a visual way for your seamstresses to see your progress! And others who may not be able to make it to the class, can sew at home and add to your box 'o' blessings. And you can show it to the congregation (put it in the foyer?) and anyone interested in joining last-minute.
6. Bring Power Strips!!!
Hopefully, you'll have a sizeable group of ladies who don't need to have their hands held every step of the way (and if you don't expect professionals, get an assistant!). There will be more than one machine and more-than-likely, less than 2 available wall plugs. Bring power strips and extension cords; it will save your life!