Sewing for a Cause :: Kangaroo Cuddlers for Riley NICU – Year Three!

We’re revisiting a project we’ve participated in for the past few years that spreads good-giving. We know you’ll love this one. We’ve partnered with one of our lovely customers and friend who is involved in Kangaroo Cuddlers which is a program that encourages skin to skin contact of mother and baby.  Read what the project coordinator has to say:

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Kangaroo Care is hard to accomplish when your little one is in constant care in the NICU. A team of doctors devised a great program that provides opportunity for moms to wear a little kangaroo inside their clothing and when they aren’t able to be with their baby, the little kangaroo stays with the child. It reminds the mothers that this skin to skin contact is very important in early childhood as well as provides comfort and security for the baby as the swatch contains the mother’s calming smell.

 

How sweet is this? You want to help us sew these dudes? Let’s talk deets.

Who: You, silly! Our wonderful sewy community.

What: The Riley NICU Kangaroo-a-thon! The initial goal is to collect 300 Kangaroo Cuddlers.

When: Please complete and deliver your finished cuddlers by Monday April 24, 2017

Where: Drop them off or mail to Crimson Tate – 845 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

How: Download this simple Kangaroo Cuddler pattern and make as many ‘Roos as you please, and please don’t forget to closely follow the guidelines because a parent has to wear this under their clothes and a baby has to snuggle with it. Keep it as simple as possible!

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Making it Even More Fun: Crimson Tate would like to extend an offering of thanks by giving you a coupon to use.

You’ll receive .5% coupon* off for every cuddler you make up to 60!  A 30% off coupon for your entire purchase awaits!! Use it on Liberty of London, a TJ Lane Thimble, Oliso Iron, an entire bolt of fabric!  It’s up to you how you use it.  We’ll gift you 30% off your entire purchase as a big ol’ thanks.  Making 40 ‘roos will elicit a 20% off coupon.  Just like that.

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The person who donates the most Kangaroo Cuddlers will receive a $25 gift certificate* to the store.  Let’s say you make 150 cuddlers and that is the most any ONE person makes.  You’ll receive a $25 gift card and a 30% off coupon. Giving never felt so good!!! So don’t stop at 60 – make as many as your heart can hold.  If you’re not local, you can always send us these lil’ dudes in the mail and we’ll send you a coupon code to use on our website.  You’ll also be eligible for the gift card!!!

*winning gift card and discount can be used on Crimson Tate’s entire inventory excluding classes, other gift cards, pre-orders, and 50% off clearance.

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Making it EVEN MORE MORE MORE FUN:  Those big-hearted folks at Windham Fabrics donated the softest and most cuddly fleece to be used in this project!  Thank you to that gang and their generosity.  Come into the store and pick up FREE FLEECE to use for this project.

Hop to! What an awesome use of our skills that other people might not have, so think of what a difference this simple gesture can make. How many Kangaroos can we sew, gang?! Let’s find out!

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Instagram photo Courtesy of @lishdorset

Cuddlers need to be at Crimson Tate no later than Monday April 24, 2017.  We close at 5:00 PM on that day.  Please include your name, phone number, email, and address so that we may properly thank you and send your coupon!!! If you’re rocking Instagram or Twitter, give us that, too!!!

Out of towners are encouraged to play!  We’d love to receive cuddlers from all over the world!!!

If you’re on Instagram, please tag @crimsontate #kangaroocuddler #ctsewingforacause #crimsontate

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Instagram photo Courtesy of @sls131

FAQ:

Hey, Heather!  Do I have to use fleece?  Can’t I just use a bunch of scraps that I’ve got lying around?  I just upholstered my couch in burlap.  Wouldn’t these be so cute in burlap? 

Dear Scrap Hoarder,

While we always want to encourage the use of fabric refuse, I want you to imagine the parent that receives this cuddler to wear under their clothing.  We want it to be as soft and beautiful as possible.  While using your old upholstery fabric might seem like a good idea, we’d like to stick to fleece.  Keep it simple, sister (and brother).

Hey, Heather!  I live far far away, like close to Mars, and have never been to your store except through the earthen world wide web.  I’d love to participate but I’m wondering if that’s ok?  Will you accept cuddlers from billions of miles away?

Dear Great Beyond,

Heck yes!  We get so tickled and excited when we receive mail from the great beyond.  If you live 100 miles away or in another galaxy, we’ll gladly take your cuddlers and give them to a family who can use them.

Hey, Heather!  I really want to win.  Can I turn in two, three, even four batches of cuddlers?  I mean.  I can’t be stopped.  My goal is 12,000 cuddlers this year.  I’m crazy competitive.

Dear Elite Cuddler Sewer,

Of course. Bring them to us in waves! It would help us greatly if you count those cuddlers and give us a running total each time you bring them to us, but we’ll start the clock and keep stats for you.  We’re totally into helping you train for the Olympic Kangaroo Games.

Hey, Heather!  I need to go get my car fixed, perm my hair, travel to Bolivia for a microfiche conference, build a house, do my taxes, rescue my forty-second miniature sloth, and complete a Rubix Cube before I can begin sewing these cuddlers for you.  What if I don’t make the deadline?  What happens?

Dear Over Committed List Maker,

You can always send and give us Kangaroo Cuddlers to be passed along to Riley Children’s Hospital NICU anytime.   You can do this year round and in fact, some customers do! Riley always needs them for new parents.  In order to receive the coupon and be eligible for the gift certificate, however, you’ll need to make the deadline of April 24.  Sounds like you’ve got a couple of minutes you can work on some cuddlers before then!  Good Luck!

Hey, Heather!  I, like you, love mail!  I want to mail these little duders to you.  What address should I put on this box?

Dear Precious Postal Fan,

Please send them to:

Crimson Tate

ATTN: Kangaroo Lover

845 Massachusetts Ave Suite A

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Please don’t forget to include your name, email address, mailing address, instagram handle, and your official count!

Thank you everyone for your generosity.  The awesome folks at Riley Hospital and those little babies thank you, too.

Sewing for a Cause :: Kangaroo Cuddlers for the Riley NICU

Indy Reads Bookshelf Quilt went to a good home.

Indy Reads Bookshelf Quilt went to a good home.

Ohhhhhh man! We are fresh on the heels of raffling off our Indy Quilts Books Bookshelf Quilt and just don’t know what to do with ourselves. The winner was drawn at the Alphabet Affair and it hit us that we weren’t quite ready for the quilt to go. What will we do with ourselves now that our beloved work is done for the year with IndyReads?

We’re starting a new project to spread the good-giving. We know you’ll love this one. We’ve partnered with one of our lovely customers and friends who is involved in the Kangaroo Cuddlers which is a program that encourages skin to skin contact of mother and baby. Read what the project coordinator has to say:

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Our first Kangaroo Cuddler

Kangaroo Care is hard to accomplish when your little one is in constant care in the NICU. A team of doctors devised a great program that provides opportunity for moms to wear a little kangaroo inside their clothing and when they aren’t able to be with their baby, the little kangaroo stays with the child. It reminds the mothers that this skin to skin contact is very important in early childhood as well as provides comfort and security for the baby as the swatch contains the mother’s calming smell.

How sweet is this? You want to help us sew these dudes? Let’s talk deets.

Who: You, silly! Our wonderful sewy community.

What: The Riley NICU Kangaroo-a-thon! The initial goal is to collect 60 Kangaroo Cuddlers.

When: Please complete and deliver your finished cuddlers by Saturday, May 9, 2015

Where: Drop them off or mail to Crimson Tate – 845 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

How: Download this simple Kangaroo Cuddler pattern and make as many ‘Roos as you please, and please don’t forget to closely follow the guidelines because a mom has to wear this under her clothes and a baby has to snuggle with it. Keep it as simple as possible!

Hop to! What an awesome use of our skills that other people might not have, so think of what a difference this simple gesture can make. How many Kangaroos can we sew, gang?! Let’s find out!

De-Stash Bash :: Sewing for a Cause!!

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It’s time to DE-STASH! And let’s give to our community while we’re at it.  Crimson Tate is partnering with our dear friend and fabric rep Laurie Voggenthaler to present DE-STASH BASH.  The gang of Crimson Tate and Laurie have cut through our years of stash building and assembled kits to create pillowcases for members of our own community at the Wheeler Mission Center for Women and Children. 

How can you get involved?  Here are the deets:

  • WHO: You and all your sewy pals are encouraged to participate.
  • WHAT: Sewing pillowcases to be donated to the Wheeler Mission Center for Women and Children.
  • HOW: Come to Crimson Tate and make a $12 donation to Wheeler Mission CWC to receive a pillowcase kit.  Each kit includes three coordinating fabrics and a pillowcase pattern. OR Use fabrics from your own stash and  make a suggested donation of $12 when dropping off the pillowcase.
  • WHEN: Return your completed pillowcase donation to Crimson Tate by Tuesday, October 1st.
  • NOW WHAT: Then, join us Friday evening October 4 to celebrate your generosity.

First Friday in October, Crimson Tate will feature

  1. Your cutie-tootie pillowcases lining the cultural trail (weather permitting).
  2. A very VERY important chili cook-off competition between me (Heather) and my sister Tana.  We need the public to decide once and for all WHO MAKES THE BETTER CHILI?!
  3. Beer.  Beer. Beer. YESSSS!!!
  4. Celebrate on Mass Ave with Harvest of the Arts and other retailers and restaurants featuring local artists.
  • WHY: Our dear friend Laurie Voggenthaler came to us with an idea of how she could clear out leftovers in her stash AND make a difference.  100% of your donation goes to the Wheeler Mission Center for Women and Children.  What a lovely way to touch lives as we head toward the holiday season.  And how wonderful that we can hand them not only a generous stack of pillowcases but also cash to support existing programs.  This is gonna be good.

Get down here and gather-up some stash (or get to digging through your own)! And get to sewing.  We’re excited to see what you will create.

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Is that Liberty of London Lifestyle cotton in that kit?! Why yes it is.  We’re not holding back the good stuff in the kits we’ve created!!