Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Beads of Courage Bags...

My friend Robin helps people make little bags for kids who are suffering from serious illness.
The children are given beads when they face milestones in their treatment. The Beads of Courage website says that for example a child is given one color bead when he or she must spend the night in the hospital and perhaps a glow-in-the-dark bead for radiation treatment.
When the kids must face further, difficult treatment they can look at their beads and see how far they have come. They have a tangible representation of their bravery and their hope.  What a beautiful idea.

Robin inspires others to make little fabric bags where the kids can keep and collect the beads.

They are easy to do!

Robin showed us how to make them at the recent Annapolis Quilt Show- Quilts by the Bay.

Here's what you do:

Take 4 rectangles 9 x 12 inches. (two for the lining and two for the outside of the bag). Sew on the special Beads of Courage label.

Place them right sides together and sew the long sides together, before flipping the bag and sewing the edges. 
We learned to make the bags together, but they can be made anytime you have a few minutes and a little bit of fabric.
Robin's mom came to help, and so did many others.
Here's a picture of my first bag. For directions and more information on how to donate or get involved, see:
 Beads of Courage

Let me know how it goes!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Loris,

    I just came across your blog post on Bead Bags... I am friends with your daughter from the Village and also the Beads of Courage Program Manager. Small world! I am have been so touched you and Val. I cannot wait to meet you someday. Thanks for all your encouragements to me and for promoting bead bags!


    Ashley Lapointe