The Swell Sewing Sisters actually began in 2001 when the Sulphur Well Church of Christ in Springville, TN was preparing for a mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We were unable to find cute little dresses for the Honduran girls so approximately a dozen women met in the old church basement to cut and sew 125 simple cotton dresses which we paired with matching hair barrettes. The little girls loved them.
The church decided we needed a special place in which to do our handiwork and we now have three comfortable rooms in the basement area which we have decorated and furnished to meet our needs. It is quite cozy as you can see.
Some of the ladies made Tooth Fairy Pillows for babies born in the local Henry County Medical Center Hospital.
One project was to crochet baby booties for Tomorrow’s Hope Center for unwed mothers. Several had to learn to crochet first. We sent two dozen pairs of booties and have a few more ready to send.
The sisters cut, sewed, and stuffed 130 teddy bears with matching turbans for the children at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis. We delivered the bears and the turbans and were given a tour of the impressive children’s hospital.
After finding out about a church member’s grandchild who was hospitalized at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, the sisters gathered cheerful cartoon material and made doo-rags for all the children to wear.
We gather several times a year to make turbans for Henry County Cancer Center. Currently we have made over 600 turbans. Originally, we started making turbans in honor of a church member and friend who was diagnosed with cancer and has since passed away. Labels were attached stating, “In Honor of Katie Mangrum”.
One of the things we especially enjoy is making baby quilts for the first born of each couple attending Sulphur Well Church. We have made approximately 50 baby quilts in the last 5 years. The sisters have a saying that, “our stitches may not be perfect, but each quilt is stitched with love”.
Ocassionally, we fulfill needs of the church, such as hemming tablecloths, making chair covers, making curtains for several rooms, as well as making special quilts for decorating purposes and to honor some who just need a lift. Several speciality quilts have been made and presented, including to honor both the Preacher and his wife on their 25th anniversary of serving the church and to youth ministers who have accepted other vocations, furthering their careers.
When the need was presented, several dozen specially decorated Christmas stockings were made for foster children in the county. We held this sewing day on a Saturday so we could have some help from ladies of the church who are currently employed. No two stockings were alike and it was a fun day for all.
Henry County, TN is blessed with a generous population which comes to light especially in January and February each year when the Helping Hand Auction is in full swing. Each community and organization is assigned a day in which they donate baked goods, craft work, canned goods, etc., which are put up for radio auction. The sisters make and donate a quilt each year on Sulphur Well Day.
One December a sister decided we needed to make Christmas shirts, so after making numerous Christmas print yo-yos we decorated our shirts with Christmas trees and individually decorated the trees. Of course, we had to have a picture when several wore their shirts to church the Sunday before Christmas. Don’t we look jolly?
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