Sew*Quilt*Share, an outreach ministry of Gateway Church, is hosting its annual Pad Palooza event. Join us for a day of fun and fellowship as we cut and sew reusable cloth feminine pads to support Mission Possible and school girls in Haiti.
September 9, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm
at Gateway Church - 9555 CR 9, Findlay
Check out Sew Quilt Share's Facebook page
Community event open to anyone with a heart to sew for those in need. (Age 16+ please)
Free! Pre-registration required.
All supplies including fabric, sewing instructions, irons, ironing boards, extension cords, and tables will be provided. If you wish to donate fabric or supplies to this event, please refer to the FAQ below for suggestions.
What to bring with you:
If you plan to sew please bring:
- Machine - in good working order
- Sewing Machine Manual
- Standard Straight Stitch Foot
- Zig Zag Foot
- Overlock Foot (if you have one)
- Even Feed Foot (if you have one)
- Pink thread, seam ripper, scissors
If you plan to cut fabric please bring:
- Sharp fabric scissors
Lunch is provided.
Q: Why are you making cloth feminine pads?
Female students in many third world countries miss a week of school each month because they lack access to feminine hygiene products. Handmade cloth feminine pads that are both washable and reusable, provide girls with dignity to stay in school. A quality education is one of the few hopes these girls have to rise above extreme poverty.
Q: Where do the pads end up and how are they given to students?
All pads will be donated to female students in Haiti that attend the Christian Schools supported by Mission Possible. Each February, teams of medical volunteers host educational classes where students learn about the importance of feminine hygiene. The cloth feminine pads are a vehicle to share the gospel during these classes.
Q: How many girls are impacted by this program?
Last year, 5,000 cloth feminine pads were given to 500 students, with each girl receiving a total of 12 pads. A representative from Mission Possible will be on hand to share photos and personal testimonies of how this program is blessing students in Haiti.
Q: This sounds interesting! What is the cost for this event?
There is no fee to attend. All supplies including the fabric, pattern, and sewing instructions will be provided the day of the event.
Q: If the event is free, why do I need to preregister?
Tables and extension cords need to be set up in advance. We want to have a place prepared just for you.
Q: My sewing machine is heavy. How will I get it into the church? Participants are encouraged to stop under the carport at the front of the building, where you will be warmly greeted by a volunteer who will unload your sewing machine.
Q: I don’t know how to sew. Is there a way I can help?
Bring a sharp pair of fabric scissors. We will have plenty of fabric that needs to be cut.
Q: I would like to donate something. Is there anything I can bring?
Fabric donations of 100% cotton flannel would be appreciated. One yard of flannel will make 10 cloth feminine pads and support one student for a year. There is also a need for size 12-14 girls Hipster underwear and Ivory bar soap.
Q: I would like to sew pads but I am not able to attend the event. What can I do to help?
If you would like to sew pads on your own, the pattern and sewing instructions can be downloaded here.