It is the first Monday in July which means…..today begins one of my favorite blogging month of the year…the month in which we sew skirts, quilts, and pillowcases for children in foster care…the month that we hold a 31 day event called “Skirting the Issue”.
If you haven’t participated in Skirting the Issue before below are all the who, what, where, and why’s…..
What is Skirting the Issue?
A month long event that we host every July where you are invited to sew along with us to make skirts (and quilts and pillowcases) to donate to local Foster Care centers for the girls (and boys) to receive just in time for back to school. (To read more about how this project began go HERE.)
Who Can Participate?
Anyone who would like to sew along. The more the merrier!
How Do I Participate?
Choose an item that you would like to sew (we will be sharing skirt, quilt, and pillowcase tutorials all throughout the month of July) then sew it up and donate it to the charity of your choice. (You aren’t limited to only foster care closets. If you know of a charity that is in need of skirts, quilts, or pillowcases please donate them where there is a need!)
How Do I Find A Charity?
We have a list list of charities that are in need of the items that we are making. You can choose from the list or if you know of an organization that you would like to donate your items to that we haven’t listed (especially if it is in your own community) please donate to where you know there is a need! To read through the list that has been started just click here:Skirting the Issue, Places to Donate then find your state and see if we have a charity listed in your area. If not, you can always mail us your items or if you know of a foster care closet or charity that would welcome your items in your state please add them to the list!
What If I Would Rather Just Mail You My Items?
That is great too. At the end of Skirting the Issue we will be taking all our items plus those mailed to us to our local Foster Care Agencies. And we promise that anything you mail to us will be delivered to those who need and will appreciate them. (Every year we have hundreds of items mailed to us it is always such a sweet experience to be able to take those boxes of skirts (and quilts) into the foster care office, the crisis centers, the refugee closets, etc.)
What Is The Address If I Choose To Mail In My Item/Items?
We have set up a post office box for this event. And the address is:
PO BOX 753, Lehi, Utah 84043
How Do I Show That I Have Made An Item To Donate?
Just upload a picture to the linky party below. However, if the Linky Party group sounds too complicated (and it really isn’t, I promise) then just email us…we like that too 🙂…and you will be entered to win one of the prizes!
When Do I Have To Have My Items Finished By?
Skirting the Issue 2016 will “officially close” at 11:59 P.M. (MST) on August 15th.
Can I Make More Than One Item?
Of course! We would welcome 1 or 100 items!
Do I Have To Make The Items From The Tutorials?
Heavens no! We are just providing tutorials for ideas. Please use what ever patterns you’d like and sew what ever items that you know are in need.
Is There Anything In This For Me?
We wish we could send you all a personal thank you gift…but there are only two of us. However, we did round up some fantastic gifts from some generous sponsors to give away to a few of you wonderful people who sew along with us. At the end of Skirting the Issue we will randomly select “winners” for the sew along prizes…which are really great…fabric bundles , gift cards, and A BRAND NEW BABYLOCK SEWING MACHINE!!!
Is there a place I can go to find a sizing chart or measurements to make skirts?
Yes! We have a sizing and measurements chart for girls and you can find it here: Sizing & Measurements Chart
When can I start posting items in the Linky Party group?
Now! Whenever! Get posting. (And remember you have until 11:59 P.M. (MST) on August 15th before the group officially “closes”.
Do I have to upload a separate photo for every item I make?
NO! If you want to take a photo of a group of items that is great, but please include the number of skirts in the title. OR if you want to take a separate photo of each item we welcome that as well! (Or remember if uploading photos into the linky party seems to difficult just send us an email telling us what you made!)
What if I only make one item?
Then that is awesome and not only will we appreciate it but there will be someone out there in the world who feels a little happier because of you. And, you will have made a difference.
Hopefully this answers any questions you may have about Skirting the Issue.
Last year we set a goal of having 1000 items finished and donated by the deadline and we were able to meet and even exceeded that number! This year we are again hoping for 1000 items. Please help us reach our goal.
-liZ and Elizabeth
Add your 2017 Skirting the Issue photos to the Link Up Party Below: