Each year the American Sewing Guild (ASG) takes on a different community service project. This year, every ASG chapter has been asked to undertake the same project: Turtle pillows for kids at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camp for ill children.
Our local ASG chapter is called the Detroit Chapter. Within that chapter, I belong to the Ferndale/Detroit City Stitchers, Royal Oak, and Troy neighborhood groups.
The turtle pillows are very cute and a lot of work to make, but helping a child smile is totally worth it. The pattern is the property of the camp and will not be used for any other project. We’ll ship the completed turtles with an opening in the shell for stuffing. The campers will stuff their own pillow of choice and write their name on a tag sewn on the tail.
A local church has hosted the group in the past. The church ladies not only host some of the events, but also serve a homemade lunch for the sewing ladies. How sweet is that?
Post by Diane Sampson. Diane is a retired elementary school teacher for Detroit Public Schools, where she taught special education, first grade and science for 31 years. She is extraordinarily active in her community. She belongs to seven sewing groups.