Deck the halls with boughs of holly, it’s charity season at Stitch Soc! As we are getting closer to the festive season, Stitch Society have decided that we should give something back! I am the treasurer for Stitch soc so I thought that this would be a great way to tell people about our society and our first ever charity season! This isn’t just a shameless plug, I swear! I just thought it would be nice to share some of the things we are doing and also tell you how you too can get involved!
So this charity season, we thought long and hard about what things we could make to donate to local causes and we came up with ideas for 4 sessions that each had a different charity in mind!
The first event, which was just the committee, was at the Zest centre, where we held an activities session for primary school children. They got to design and decorate tote bags. We went crazy with this one. We brought fabric pens to draw with, wool to make pom poms, felt and fabric to cut and stick shapes as well as many other bits and bobs for them to turn out a great tote bag! Seeing their faces light up was an amazing and such a great way to start the season.
The next event was the first official session of the season. We had lots of society members and happy volunteers come along to help us make sanitary towels for the local charity Mums in Need. It was a great turn out! We had people cutting fabric, people pinning the different pieces of fabric together and the rest on sewing machines. It was our own little production line!
We all had so much fun meeting new people and helping to make things for charity. In total, we made 38 sanitary towels which will go to Mums in Need, who support mothers who have been in abusive relationships. Everyone did a great job!
The next event was to make baby hats for the neo-natal ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. We also invited anyone with an interest in knitting to come and learn how to make twiddlemuffs for patients with dementia to donate to Sheffield’s Hospital Charity. We had a lot of new faces which was great and everyone who wanted to try out the sewing machines was able to!
Overall, we taught two new people how to knit twiddlemuffs, and the happy sewers were able to bash out 38 baby hats for the Children’s Hospital (odd how we made exactly the same amount as sanitary towels). Everyone that attended should be so proud!
We still have two events left this charity season for you to get involved in. The next session will be on the 21st of November when we will be making blankets and toys for a range of animal charities in and around Sheffield, including Blue Cross, RSCPA and Dog’s Trust. The final event will be taking place on the 28th November when we will be making Christmas stockings for Sheffield’s Children’s hospital.
For these sessions, you don’t have to be a member. You can sign up to attend on the SU Volunteering website or you can just tag along to the session and sign your name with us so you can get credit for coming and helping out. It also gives you the chance to meet us and see if you’d be interested in joining the society. You don’t have to have any experience with knitting or sewing so come along if your interested! It would be great to see you there!
Thanks, Phoebe 😊
Hi! My name is Phoebe and I’m a second year English Literature student at the University of Sheffield. When I’m not reading, I can be found sewing and I am the treasurer for University of Sheffield Stitch Society. I have been living in university accommodation for a year now-specifically couples accommodation- with my boyfriend who also attends the university.