HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Getting involved is easy and we’d love your ongoing support.
Step #1 - Download The Purse Pattern & Make Purses
Simply download the pattern and begin making purses. Make as few or as many as you’d like. Take your time and make them as nice as possible. Remember – they are going to young girls. They like cute and colorful purses. If you need help look for our sewing tutorials on www.pixiefaire.com
Step #2 - Download The Note Card
Download the message card and include a kind greeting in your purse. Write something special to the girl who will receive your work. Maybe a poem, scripture verse, prayer, or word of encouragement.
Step #3 - Tell Your Friends They've Gotta Help You
Share this project on Facebook, Tumblr, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and yes – even in actual conversations! Get pumped and show you care by telling everyone they need to get onboard with the program and sew some purses!
Step #4 - Mail The Purses To Us By The Priority Deadline Date (10/1/15)
Be sure to finish your purses and mail them to us by our fall priority deadline – October 1, 2015. Mailing the purses by the priority date will help ensure they get to the girls in a timely manner. Of course we are happy to receive them all year long if you miss the priority deadline.
Send Your Completed Purses To:
C/O Cally Leighton
16640 SE Old Petrovitsky Rd, Renton, WA 98058
Days Until Our Next Priority Deadline (10/1/15)
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE AFTER 10/1/15?
Yes- We are still collecting Purses after the priority mailing date. We are thrilled to accept your purses all year long!
Get The Free 2015 Purse PDF Pattern
To get the 2015 purse pattern simply click the “Download Now” button and you’ll be asked to enter your email address and then confirm it in your email account. Once you confirm your email you will receive direct access to the pattern. Yes – we will also keep you updated on projects and share encouraging results. You can unsubscribe at any time. If you don’t see the email in your inbox please check your spam (or junk) folder!
Get The Note Card Now
Simply click the “Download Now” button and get the note card. Print it out, write a word of encouragement, and include it inside your completed purse.
CAN A PURSE REALLY TRANSFORM A GIRL’S LIFE?
The purses you provide are used in local schools and clinics in Lusaka Zambia as part of Menstration Hygiene Management (MHM) programs. This simple gift – combined with re-usable sanitary pads and health information can make a tremendous difference in the lives of adolescent girls. Read about the amazing results of our 2014 Sew Powerful Purse Project here. Our ministry partners work hard to educate and inform the girls in their community so that they stay in school and grow in confidence and self-esteem. It really is sew powerful!
Education is the most effective investment socially and economically for a nation. Did you know:
- Girls in rural Africa generally stay home from school while they are on their period.
- It’s been documented they miss up to six weeks of school each year – a massive systematic disadvantage.
- ZanaAfrica has reported that providing sanitary pads and MHM training reduces absenteeism by 75%.
Girls in developing countries have a lack of materials, services, and facilities to help them manage their periods resulting in many school dropouts. Did you know:
- Girls that drop out of school before completing a secondary education have a 40% pregnancy rate.
- Educated women have 3.9 children on-average compared to 5.3 children for those who drop out.
- A Girl in secondary school is 4 times less likely to be HIV-positive than one who drops out.
Girls of all ages and in all countries deal with challenges to their self esteem. And in cases of extreme poverty the challenges are even more complex. Did you know:
- When a purse is used strategically as part of a MHM – it gives girls a new-found confidence.
- A purse is a simple item, but having a personal keepsake – something that you consider your private space – something that was a gift from a caring friend – can mean a lot to a young girl, empowering her to have higher self esteem.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I mail my completed purse in after October 1st?
Can I Donate A Purse I Make To A Local Girl In Need?
Can We Make Purses As A Group?
I Don’t Sew – How Else Can I Help?
I can sew, but not very well, is the pattern hard?
Can I just collect random purses and send them to you?
Can I Keep A Purse I Make?
Can I Sell The Purses I Make?
Can You Pay For Shipping?
I Live In Seattle – Can I Drop Off My Purses?
Can I send you a box of my leftover supplies?
Do I have to use a specific fabric for the purses?
Help Us Spread The Word!
Use The Hashtag #sewpowerfulpurse & Share Images Of Your Work on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or just use the “Upload Your Photo” option below these examples!
Download And Share Our Flyer
Download this nice 1-page flyer and give copies to your church, community groups, teachers, Girl Scout troop leader, and even post copies at your local JoAnns Fabrics, or other local stores.