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Collaborate for a Cause

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It’s getting to that time of year when the annual Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction kicks off again.

Organising the Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction is one of my “other projects”. Collaborate for a Cause happens just once a year and takes over for a little while, but for the rest of the year I channel my passion for handmade into One Thimble!

I am so blessed to have so many fantastic handmade businesses getting involved each year and helping Collaborate for a Cause to grow to exceed my wildest dreams.  Without so many businesses embracing this idea and working so hard to  rise to the yearly challenge to

collaborate, create and donate
and for the wonderful admin team who work tirelessly behind the scenes there would be no Collaborate for a Cause.

I would love your help spreading the word about the Collaborate for a Cause Charity Auction and  for you to show your support to the participating businesses.  Even if you’re not able to bid, take a look through the auction album and be inspired!


A Selection of the Items included in this years auction.

To see the full album, find out more about the businesses and collaborations involved and to place your bids please visit here http://goo.gl/oKam7n


Background to Collaborate for a Cause – Reprinted from One Thimble Issue 3:

“If you haven’t already figured it out, one thing you need to know about me is that I’m passionate about sewing and handmade business. “Finding” handmade has been a lifechangingly positive experience for me and I want others to have the same sense of joy that I have found doing what I love. Too often it’s easy to get pushed off track by competitiveness and negativity.  Collaborate for a Cause (C4AC) aims to combat that.  I believe that by working together handmade businesses can strengthen & grow their own businesses as well as the handmade community as a whole. By getting to know your “competitors” as “peers” and “colleagues” you can redirect your energies to reaching new customers, developing new product lines and get rid of the anxiety that comes from always being on guard against others in the handmade community.

Many people working in their own handmade business, work from home, often with small children
and it can be a very isolating experience which can give birth to misunderstandings. If you don’t have someone who understands the business you’re in, to talk over worries and concerns, it can be easy for misunderstandings to fester. By making friends with others in the same boat you can gain a cheer squad to bounce ideas and concerns off and you can do the same for them.

Collaborate for a Cause was born out of these ideas of helping people in the handmade community network while raising funds for charities they’re passionate about. It is an annual Facebook based charity auction, which gives people the opportunity to network and make friends with people in the same industry. Working with someone on a joint goal is a wonderful way to get to know them and hopefully forge partnerships and friendships beyond C4AC. Handmade businesses partner with each other to create unique, handmade pieces that are auctioned to raise funds for charity.

The aim of ‘Collaborate for a Cause’ is to promote friendship, understanding and fun throughout the
Facebook handmade community, while raising important funds for charities.

What sets it apart from other charity auctions is that it lets donors select their own charity recipient and that each donated item is a collaborative effort between two or more handmade businesses. Since 2011 the Collaborate for a Cause charity auctions have raised over $100, 000, but perhaps even more importantly it has given birth to lots of networking opportunities and friendships.”


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One Thimble Sewing Challenge

Our friends from Pattern Revolution are hosting a One Thimble Sewing Challenge.  Entering is easy all you need to do to enter is sew a pattern from one of the One Thimble e-magazine’s (27 patterns to choose from!) and share your project! The winner will be chosen randomly and will pick up these fabulous prizes!

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Entry is open to people from any country!  To enter visit the Pattern Revolution blog here http://patternrevolution.com/blog/2014/6/25/one-thimble-sewing-contest for all the details!

I can’t wait to see your creations!

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Those who sew know – Haby!

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haby – slang for – haberdashery ˈhabədaʃəri/
noun – small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread.

A few weeks ago in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts Group we had a chat about what haby items people couldn’t live without.  I loved this thread because I LOVE haby even more than stationery – which given the numbers of notebooks, pens, clips and pencil sharpeners I own is saying something!!!

Are you a haby lover? How many of these do you recognise?  How many of these do you own?
Picture A couple of these were new to some of our members, but this is what those who nominated them had to say about them . . .

Tailor’s Awl
: Sas said “My favourite haby item is the TAILORS AWL. I can not live without it. I use it each and every time I sew. I use it to hold small or sharp points in the fabric still so that the fabric doesn’t bunch or get stuck when sewing. Once you get to the corner you pivot your fabric for your next run and inset the tip of the Awl under the foot and into the fabric, start sewing slowly while gently easing the fabric through with the Awl. you will get a nice neat turn 99% of the time… I also use it to make holes for eyes in my animals, holes to apply snaps, to gently dig out a point on a collar once it is turned…and I am always finding new uses, it is the first haby object I grab for most applications… oh yes, I love my Tailors Awl… http://www.nicolemdesign.com.au/…/2402-tailors-awl.html

Finger Swivel Knife: Melisa said “great for buttonholes/magnet prongs/welt pockets +more. Love it for cutting my buttonholes. Gives great control never have slipped past the ends with it. I use it to insert all my magnets for bags. it has a tiny scalpel blade so can be very precise which also is perfcet for welts when you have to cut really close to the corners This is mine http://www.fiskars.co.uk/Crafting-Sewing/Products/Art-Knives/4147-FingerTip-Swivel-Knife

Thread Clippers: Debra said “They’re in every room in my house too So handy and fit neatly into the palm of your hand. The point is perfect for unpicking and sharp enough to cut buttonholes. You can drop even them and they don’t get wrecked!”


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The One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts Group on Facebook is a great place to ask questions, share your creations & your love of sewing.
With over 1000 members there’s a wealth of sewing experience to tap into, which is where the “Those who sew know” topics came from.
This series of articles will round up what people have had to say about these topics.
To have your say be sure to join the group!


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Bowtrim Variation

I always find it interesting how ideas develop over time.  The Bow Trim Dress and BT Tunic as they appeared in Issue 3 are completely different to the ideas I started with!  I’ve got to admit I do tend to get a little frantic when things “aren’t working” but when an idea comes together – well that’s got to be one of the greatest feelings ever!

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I love that you guys take the One Thimble patterns in new directions too.  I find it so inspiring to see how with the same pattern you can get totally different looks!

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It’s brilliant to see people take the Bow Trim and use it elsewhere too!  Melynda from Melynda Made used the Bow Trim to decorate her Posey Dress (pattern from Issue 2) and Suzie from Applegail used it to decorate a shirt!

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Have you put your own spin on a One Thimble pattern?  If so be sure to show me – it makes me feel so happy seeing these patterns used & adapted to be what you want them to be!


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The Bow Trim Single PDF pattern & the BT Tunic Single PDF pattern can be purchased HERE.
They are also included in Issue 3 of One Thimble Sewing PDF e-zine, which can be purchased from HERE.

To see more of my patterns check out www.ainsleefox.com.au

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How to Line A Sleeveless Dress

I’ve had some queries about the way I show to join the lining to the main fabric on the Twist Shift.  It’s a little tricky to explain in photos so here’s a little video showing the technique.

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