A few months ago I had the privilege of meeting an Instagram friend, Kirsty from Song of a Nest.
We first made contact via Instagram, but it turned out we only live up the road from each other!!
Kirsty is multi-talented (just check out her beautiful website), but more than that, she is a passionate and compassionate individual. Kirsty’s heart for school girls in India is infectious, and this is why Shared Threads was created.
“I have started a project called ‘Shared threads’ which makes sanitary kits for girls in India so that they can go to school.
The heart behind the project is to remove the limitations that menstruation puts on women and girls, playing a part in enabling them to live their lives to it’s full potential
So many women and girls around the world have to resort to using leaves or rags or old newspapers to manage their period due to lack of sanitary products. Our pack provides them with a free, washable, sustainable solution to manage their period with dignity, whilst also being kinder to the environment.
Girls all over the world drop out of school due to lack of feminine hygiene products. Our pack enables them to continue with their education all year round.
Our packs and pads are made with recycled fabric.”
(You can read more here about the specific project in India we will be supporting.)
Each girl will receive a drawstring bag (tune in tomorrow for the tutorial) which will contain 2 pad holders and 6 pads.
Everything is made from donated and recycled textiles, except for the PUL (Polyurethane Laminate), a waterproof, breathable and washable liner in the pads.
And here’s how you can get involved:
- Come: join in with our get-togethers – even if you can’t sew, there are lots of other jobs we need done (e.g. cutting out, threading the drawstrings, making up the packs etc.). We hope to next meet in July.
- Donate: we need towels and brushed cotton/flannel for the pads and cotton fabrics for the holders and bags. We also need shoe-laces and ribbons for the drawstring bags.
- Make: tomorrow I will post the tutorial for the drawstring bags, and soon Kirsty will be posting the instructions for the pad holders. Even if you can’t get along to the meet-ups, we would love it if you could make the items at home or why not arrange your own Shared Threads sew-in with friends?
So here’s what to do next:
- Hop on over to the Shared Threads page and sign up for the regular updates and info from Kirsty. This will keep you up-to-date with meet-ups, fund-raisers and progress reports.
- Follow the Shared Threads Facebook page, or follow via Instagram #shared_threads
- Contact Kirsty via FB, IG or her website if you have materials to donate
I know from previous experience just how generous and supportive the sewing community is. Thanking you all in advance of your support.
“Small things done with great love will change the world!”