When working on projects for Reclaimed for Good, I often find myself dwelling at the intersection of sewing and faith. Working to create something new from something old turns out to be a beautiful metaphor for the work Christ does in each of us.
I’d love to share a little of my process so maybe others can discover how faith intersects their own creative endeavors. But mostly, I want to share a sliver of hope and encouragement.
Each month of 2020, I’ll be giving away a Hope Pouch from Reclaimed for Good. Read on to see how they’re made and what’s inside. (Or just scroll to the bottom to find out how to enter 😉 ).
Every Hope Pouch starts off as a pile of scraps. Wrinkled, fraying, odd shaped, unneeded bits and pieces that appear to have no function left.
These discards are carefully made even by trimming, joined together by stitching, and pressed into place with a hot iron, until a patchwork piece is formed.
Together with other, larger scraps, the patchwork piece is carefully assembled and reborn as the exterior of the Hope Pouch.
The pouch is then lined with new material, fabric crafted from a child’s painting, and then stamped with a label of HOPE written by another child’s hand.
From scraps, tossed aside with uncertain purpose, comes a brand new creation lined with hope.
For our monthly giveaways this year, each hope pouch will come filled with a stack of Scripture encouragement cards from PureJoyCreative, a set of four notecards by Dear52, a True Hope bookmark by Knowledge of Him, and my favorite Trader Joe’s chocolate bar.
I am painfully aware that our real need is not a little zipper pouch filled with goodies, but rather something greater and far more eternal. My simple wish is that these Hope Pouches, can serve as a tangible reminder of the true hope that we have. And share a piece of the little corner where I keep discovering God’s mercy and goodness – that sweet combination of sewing and faith.
***MINI HOPE POUCH WEEKLY GIVEAWAY INFO***
I’ll be giving away one small Hope Pouch each week of social distancing rather than one big one a month. I figure we could use a ray of hope more frequently these days.
Mini pouches are appx 4.5” high and 5.5” wide, with a lobster clip to make them perfect for your key chain. Plus it comes with Scripture encouragement cards from @purejoycreative and a blank greeting card from @dear_52
To enter, find the @reclaimedforgood giveaway post on Facebook or Instagram each Friday and do one (or more) of the following:
(limit of 3 entries per person)
- Tag someone who could use a little hope
- Tag someone who has given you hope
- Tag yourself or just leave a comment if you’re not comfortable tagging others!
This week’s giveaway opens on May 15 and closes at 11:59pm on May 16. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via private message on May 17. **Shipping only available in the US**