Last month, I shared on Hometown Betty’s Facebook page that I was going to participate in a craft project, Capes for Kids, sponsored by Craft Hope and Enchanted Makeovers. Family Fun magazine featured Capes for Kids in its December/January issue, and after reading the article and Craft Hope’s blog, the project inspired me to dust off my sewing machine and think about others during the holiday season.
Enchanted Makeovers is an organization that seeks to “transform homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. Through various projects, mentoring programs and makeovers of the physical space, women and children are introduced to a way of thinking that helps to shift their outlook about their lives and possibilities for the future.” Enchanted Makeovers offers programs, such as Capes for Kids, to help children find strength and hope through imagination.
Not only did the article in Family Fun magazine pull my heart to think about others, an email message from my alma mater mentioned something called Giving Tuesday that got me interested about other ways to give. I already heard about Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Gray Thursday, but Giving Tuesday? After checking out Giving Tuesday’s website, adding another day of giving thanks seemed so countercultural to mass market consumption during Thanksgiving weekend.
Also, coming back home from a year away, something changed in me. I didn’t feel like I had to obsess over coupon clipping or go on a massive online hunt for the best deal for things we “needed” as much anymore. My eyes opened up to seeing people in my community with more compassion and kindness. Although Thanksgiving and Christmas is over, showing kindness doesn’t have to end with the holiday season. Thankfully, Capes for Kids is still accepting cape donations until January 31st, 2014!
Because there are so many free DIY cape tutorials available on the Internet, I won’t bother you a tutorial or free template. There’s plenty of great free DIY tutorials on capes available. Instead, I’ll just share some photos for fun!
(Photos Above: Found black and white drawing on Google images, but then I realized that Enchanted Makeover’s provides free templates of appliqués. I also used an old cape template from our boys’ Halloween LEGO Legends of Chima costumes.)
Thinking about ways to give back to others in the new year? Why not make a cape for a child who could dream big and see how there’s compassion and hope in this sometimes tough world. Don’t think you can make one in time? Have no fear, you can make a cape without any sewing skills. Just use some scissors, fleece fabric, velcro strips, and fabric glue. You can make several in a day!
I’m off to mail these cute capes to Enchanted Makeovers today! Wish me luck in this winter snowstorm!
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From my hometown to yours,