Sew, Mama, Sew

But really, Whoa, Mama, WHOA!

As you may recall, a while ago I asked on this site if anyone was in the fabric store business. I wondered who was in a position to build bundles at or near cost.

Why? There are people out there in this world, like most all of my guy friends, who would probably be willing to support IBOL but who don’t have a stash into which they can raid. How could they, too, easily help with this?

The answer? Sew, Mama, Sew has set up this site. Anyone can visit the site, use their credit card, and push bundles of love this way. [UPDATE: She blogged the details, here]

Iraqi Bundle of Love
For your contribution of fifteen dollars we will send one Iraqi Bundle of Love to US soldiers who will distribute the bundles to Iraqi families and sewing co-ops. One bundle will include:

* 5 yards of new fabric
* 16 sewing needles in a case
* 32 pearlized pins on a wheel
* 1 tomato pincushion
* 1 pair folding scissors
* 1 150 yd spool white thread

The cost of shipping is included in the price!

So, I think this is about the coolest thing ever. EVER. $15 for 5 yards of fabrics, plus others goodies, shipping included, from Sew Mama Sew. And they have enough to do 150 of these.

150. Remember when I thought 30 bundles was going to make this project a success?

I kid you not — this takes my breath away. This has been SSP1 — Super Secret Project #1 — and in the works for a few days, but it is still amazing to see it online and working. Please feel free to help pass this news around, and please feel free to swing by the Sew, Mama, Sew blog and leave them a comment. Pass it on Facebook, send it on Twitter.

Whoa. Just whoa. If SSP2 turns out half as amazing as this, I’m going to see a medic to give me CPR.

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18 Responses to “Sew, Mama, Sew”

  1. IBOL Guy Says:

    PS — anyone want to take a guess at how long until they’re all gone? I’m guessing Friday. 5 days, 150 bundles – yeah, that would be INSANELY AWESOME.

  2. quiltdivajulie Says:

    Better get that medic lined up QUICK! THIS IS SOOOOOOOOO AWESOME – will include it in my next blog post to help spread the word.

  3. IBOL Guy Says:

    OMG, the website even shows how many are left. This is sooooo cool.

  4. Vicki Says:

    That is awesome that SMS is helping out! I have one box ready to go and may do another, please email me the address :).

  5. funda62 Says:

    Being at an APO address myself would it be okay to send it via MPS? I think this is an amazing project. Thank you so much.

  6. Karen Says:

    Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic! Now I can play too :D

    Box on it’s way, wohoo.

  7. Karen Says:

    P.S. 142 left

  8. Poppy Q Says:

    We just sent our bundle through Sew Mama Sew, as we would love to send you some fabric from New Zealand, but are sure that the post wouldn’t reach you in time.

    Good luck with your project – you are doing great work.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  9. Nanette Says:

    I just bought one, late at night, in Oz, in my jammies :) Very happy, wanted soo much to join in, but time and postage..ack. But now I’m playing too……..what a great idea, good job IBOL guy, what a big heart you have.

  10. Lynne Says:

    138. It’s going to be interesting to see how fast this number shrinks.

  11. Carol E Says:

    Hooray for Sew Mama Sew!!! I sent a bundle a few days ago, but I’m going to send another through SMS. Thanks for doing this wonderful project. I am so glad to be able to help.

  12. Solsisters Says:

    I just sent this out on twitter for #militarymon on all four of my client’s accounts as well as my own. >>> I’m using my power for good! <<<<

    If you are unfamiliar with #militarymon, it's a hash tag that is used in tweets to "tag" them as being military support in nature. Take a few minutes to tweet some gratitude to someone you know who serving or has served every Monday!

    #Militarymon facebook group http://www.facebook.com/pages/MilitaryMon/222534685127

    How did #Militarymon get started? http://www.kissmygumbo.com/2009/06/16/5th-militarymon-on-twitter/

  13. jacquie Says:

    oooh, go sew mama sew! fabulous, simply fab!

  14. SalemHouse Says:

    This is wonderful. I guess I am relatively stash-deprived, so this was the perfect way for me to contribute. My bundle is now on its way, too.

  15. Magpie Sue Says:

    Woohoo! Now which yarn dealer is going to jump on the bandwagon???!!

  16. ratty Says:

    have ordered a box from SMS but have plenty to share at home, as well :)
    please send APO address!
    thanks!

  17. Jack Says:

    Hi Art, I told some friends about your project, we took advantage of sew mama sew – 5 more bundles headed your way!

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