This fall, the director of the children’s Christmas program at church approached me about helping to sew some costumes for the Christmas program this year. I was certainly willing to help, but after a bit of brainstorming, we decided that it just might be more productive and more fun to enlist the help of volunteers and hold an old-fashioned sewing bee.
When we made the announcement and hung up our sign-up sheet, we were pleased to discover that a fair number of women were willing to come to our aid and lend a hand with this project. We set the date for November 19th and hoped that we would be able to make seven or eight new costumes and refurbish a few of the old ones.
The day began with stacks of fabric and patterns in the middle the room.
As our volunteers arrived with sewing machines, scissors, notions, irons, and ironing boards, our work began.
Three of our volunteers did most of the cutting, while our seamstresses got busy hemming shepherd’s head covers that had been cut to size last year. In addition to cutting and sewing, there was plenty of talking and laughing going on, too! We even had two home school student among us who served as models for fittings.
It was amazing to see each lady using her talents and creativity to help us reach and surpass our goal.
Our group of busy sewing bees constructed fourteen costumes for shepherds, townspeople, and kings and refurbished eight or nine angel costumes that were too large for recent years’ angels. We also finished ten or more shepherd’s head coverings, two crowns, and swaddling clothes for Baby Jesus.
I’ve always been very thankful for my church family. But days like this one make me feel blessed beyond measure to be a part of a group of people who are willing to give of themselves and their time and talent for the good of the church and the glory of God.
Many hands certainly do make light work. Many hands make work fun, too!