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Love Pockets for Japan

March 22nd, 2011

Love Pockets for Japan

In a time of need, in a time of happiness, in a time of tragedy - the first response by a quilter is to make a quilt. Loving and nurturing others through bits and pieces of beautiful cotton that have been pieced together with loving hands. Quilts allow us to wrap our arms around others and let them know we care. To warm someone who’s cold.  To reach across the world and be a loving neighbor.

As much as my heart was ready to jump in and make quilts and send them off to Japan, my head knew that what we need to send to Japan right now is money through relief organizations like the Red Cross and MercyCorps. There are a lot of great quilty and crafty fundraisers in Internetlandia right now (Susan and Alicia each have a great list here and here), but I couldn’t put my needles down. I wanted to help raise money as well as I had to make a quilt. I had to do something, and do it now - so Love Pockets for Japan was born. A little 8″ x 12″ quilt with a pocket for collecting money.
Love Pockets for Japan
So I’m thinking… what if we all make two - one for yourself/your family and one for you to sell/fundraise.  If you do make one to sell, please give 100% of your sales to go to Japan’s earthquake and tsunami recovery and relief efforts.  Sell on you blog, your etsy, to your family, neighbors and co-workers. Make four. Make eight. Sell, sell, sell… donate, donate, donate, donate, donate!

I’m treating my Love Pocket like a swear jar, and I should have it consistently filled and refilled. Every time I reach $10.00 - I’ll alternate donating here and here.

I have a PDF template here. To make the pocket I traced a 5″ circle for the stitch line.  I folded my template into quarters to find my center. Love Pockets for Japan

After I traced and stitched on the line, I trimmed my pocket to a ¼” from the seam, snipped my curved edges and cut a small slice in the pocket’s liner (at the bottom of the pocket) for turning.
Love Pockets for Japan

I pressed the pocket and embroidered with a blanket stitch (can be top-stitched, fielder’s choice) to the quilt top from stop and start markings on the PDF.
Love Pockets for Japan

So my hope is that a quilter will get their fix to make something and also to be able to sell something to generate funds for their donation(s). I hope this is a way to be able to encourage your kids to share their allowance, family members and co-workers to skip the latte and drop some cash into the Pocket of Love (that’s strategically pinned at the entrance of your cubicle/office) instead.My ironing center / Love Pockets for Japan
My Love Pocket is made entirely of fabrics from Japan. Another way to support the people of Japan is through purchases of goods that come from Japan. My favorite places to shop for Japanese fabrics is at
Sew, Mama, Sew! and SuperBuzzy - and both shops are currently supporting Japan earthquake and tsunami relief organizations.

Practicing what I preach, I’m going to sell the Love Pocket that I made, and I will donate that entire sale to the Red Cross. Starting at $10.00, who ever leaves me the highest offer for it (mention it in your comment if you’re interested) by 5pm PST on Friday, March 25, 2011 - that’s who I’ll sell it to.

Edited in:
Highest offering has now ended. Congratulations to Diane P! This is such a thrill for me to send her this Love Pocket! Thank you to everyone for your generous offers. I wish I could show what my inbox looks like and show off all the kindness and generosity of others who have privately pledged donations. Look to the left. Look to the right. There’s a really, really, really good chance you’re looking at someone generous, giving and kind. When awful things happen… the stronger that goodness shines!

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32 Responses

  1. The fabulous julia allegedly said:

    monica, what a fabulous idea! i hope to make at least one to raffle on my blog.

    i’ll make a humble start and am bidding 20 $.



  2. The fabulous Ter'e allegedly said:

    I’ll go $25
    Monica………………you are just a little dream come true.
    Thanks for being you!



  3. The fabulous (lia) allegedly said:

    Oh how I wish I could sew right now. You’ve inspired me though… I’ll be working on something similar in yarn over the next couple days!

    And I’m in for $40!



  4. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh! Are you going to autograph it too? :o) $50.00!! You are awesome, Monica!! xoxo



  5. The fabulous laurie allegedly said:

    Thanks Monica! I will go $60.00



  6. The fabulous Sakiko Otsu allegedly said:

    Thank you! Monica
    We have really tough and hard time.
    I will make a love pocket .
    Sakiko from Japan



  7. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    I”ll go $100.00. Thanks for the idea and pattern Monica.



  8. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    What an inspired idea to help raise money for the people in Japan! The flag of Japan with a pocket in the circle to collect the money.

    Wish I was still working so I could hang this in my cubile, but I will make one too.

    Please add my bid of $125 for your efforts.



  9. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    Very very nice McMonica!!!!



  10. The fabulous Natalie VV allegedly said:

    I bow deeply before your big heart, and sweet skills. Because of you, the world feels like a better place. ))hugs((



  11. The fabulous Susanne allegedly said:

    This little lovey pocket is exactly why I love reading your blog so much. What a sweet idea. Here’s hoping you swear all day long!



  12. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    Oh how I wish I could top those offers, this generosity is wonderful!

    My girlfriend and I are working on our own fabric creations to auction off to donate money as well…



  13. The fabulous Robyn - Coffee and Cotton allegedly said:

    A Sweet loving thing to do from a sweet loving, classy lady!



  14. The fabulous Mom Wald allegedly said:

    What a wonderful idea!

    Over at Mom Wald’s Place we are creating an Embroidered Fruit & Veggie Quilt as a group to be auctioned for Japan relief. There are ways for everybody to join in! Come on over and see.



  15. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Inspired and inspiring! Thank you so much for being you and encouraging us all to do what’s needed and be better human beings on this planet.



  16. The fabulous susan b. allegedly said:

    so beautiful. love the idea and the tutorial and the auction and everything about it.



  17. The fabulous mikamika allegedly said:

    Thank you very much for your sympathy,support, and wonderful idea.
    I will make it, sell it, and donate to The Japanese Red Cross Society.



  18. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Ohhh Monica, you are so sweet. xo



  19. The fabulous Allie allegedly said:

    I adore this - I’m auctioning a quilt on my own blog right now, but I’d love to make one like this too. What a BRILLIANT idea!



  20. The fabulous ayumills allegedly said:

    Monica, you are awesome!



  21. The fabulous sewkatiedid allegedly said:

    I already donated cash since I figured they needed it more than quilts, but I wanted to make a baby quilt to auction and add a flag. Perfect technique. Thanks for the inspiration Monica.

    Did I mention my brother lives in Walnut Creek?



  22. The fabulous Julie Stewart allegedly said:

    Very sweet. Having no time to sew for the last 2 weeks, I would be delighted to send you a check for $150. Please, let it be me!!



  23. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Your little quilt is an inspiration. Please make my bid $200 - I’d really love to have an original Monica quilt. Thank you for your kind heart.



  24. The fabulous Diane allegedly said:

    Thank you Monica! My check is already in the mail to the American Red Cross - I hope it helps them help the people of Japan.

    I look forward to receiving your cute quilt! It’ll hang proudly on my door! Hope my neighbors stuff it with donations.



  25. The fabulous Keiko allegedly said:

    Monica, it’s wonderful idea! Quilters can support Japan in quilters’ way!

    I’m organizing the craft/bake sale at Prairie Queens Quilt Shop on Mother’s day to raise money for Japan. Please check out their blog! You can find the link from their website…



  26. The fabulous Amber allegedly said:

    So cute and such a great idea!



  27. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    So so super cute. It is such a great idea. And beautiful.



  28. The fabulous Silver Ilix allegedly said:

    What a beautiful idea. It breaks my heart to see the aftermath of the earthquake. It is wonderful to craft aid.



  29. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    Wow Monica! What a wonderful idea and I am thrilled that you are sharing it with the world so we can all make a difference through our passion for craft, Amanda



  30. The fabulous Renee allegedly said:

    Your blog is amazingly inspiring! I love the Love Pockets for Japan, what a great idea!!

    Thanks for having such an awesome blog for readers!



  31. The fabulous Gina allegedly said:

    It wonderful to see so many people reaching out and helping!



  32. The fabulous Kathy allegedly said:

    Gosh that’s a pretty quilt. Were you thinking of the Japanese flag when you made the center circle red?



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