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Capes 4 Kids Drive

There’s nothing more satisfying than sewing to put a smile on a child’s face.

Sewn by Jo from One Busy Sloth

Over the last fortnight, our members and followers have been sewing capes as part of our Capes 4 Kids Drive. All capes sewn will be sent to Capes 4 Kids, who will distribute the capes to children who are in hospital undergoing “scary” situations and treatments.

Sewn by Kate from Tinkerbell Tailor

We would LOVE for you to join in and donate a cape to this fantastic cause. To get all the details and take part, head over here and fill out your details. The pattern is easy (even if you’re a non-sewer like me!) and you can use new fabric or upcycle sheets and doona covers.

Sewn by Katrina of Mum & Me Handmade Designs

You have until 23 June to sew a super powered cape for a little superhero. So get on board, download the pattern and get creative!

Sewn by Kylie of Babes & Tots Designs


Chalk Bike Course

We are lucky enough to live in a quiet cul-de-sac which the kids can ride their bikes around.

To make riding around in circles a bit more fun we got a bucket of coloured chalk and each drew a different coloured line to mark out a course to ride along. The kids decided they should start easy and get harder, so we started with some lines from one side to the other with a few curves in it. They then rode the bikes along the line as close as they could like they were balancing the wheels on it.

We then progressed to a loop-the-loop where you ride around in a tight(ish) circle. Then on to multiple loop the loops and very tight bends (some of which I’m sure were not actually possible but they had fun trying).

With all the ‘courses’ colour coded (you could also number them easiest to hardest) they kids took turns seeing if they could complete them all without ‘falling off’. For older children you could also put in a time element; see who can do the green course in the fastest time.

This game would also work without bikes for smaller children they could walk or run to ‘balance’ along the chalk line course, and could be done in a driveway or backyard.

Schooza120 Contributed by Liz of Schooza.

Schooza creates quality handmade, fun products for pretend and imaginative play, aimed for boys and girls under 6. Product range includes felt crowns and hats, animal and dino tails and felt masks.


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Capes 4 Kids Drive

We are very pleased to announce that Handmade Cooperative are joining forces with Capes 4 Kids Australia to gift super powered capes to our little superheroes.

About Capes 4 Kids Australia

Capes 4 Kids Australia is the first program of its kind in Australia, gifting super powered capes to our little superheroes. They pride themselves in designing capes to help children feel as safe, secure and brave as possible while undergoing challenging, often “scary” situations and treatments. These little crusaders face hospitalization, medical procedures and treatments and need all the help that they can get to be brave, manage their fears, listen carefully and cooperate with instructions to “get through” whatever must be endured. Play is essential for happiness and successful coping and Capes 4 Kids Australia can magically turn a child into a superhero and we all know how powerful and brave they are.

The registered charity was started in 2014 by New South Wales resident, Heather, and has made over 16,500 capes which have been delivered to over 50 hospitals, including Ronald McDonald Houses, Bear Cottage, Cancer Kids, Heart Kids, Make A Wish and Lung Kids. All capes are 100% made in Australia, by volunteers who expect nothing in return.

Learn more about Capes 4 Kids Australia in their information brochure.

We Challenge You

We challenge you to make at least one cape as part of our drive.

Capes are to be completed and sent to Handmade Cooperative HQ by the 23rd of June 2017.

Anyone can be part of the Capes 4 Kids Drive – you don’t have to be a Coop member – you just have to have the ability to sew a cape that will be used and loved.

What Next?

Firstly, fill out the form below to let us know your intention to make a cape as part of our challenge. We will then send you the cape pattern and guidelines via email. This pattern is exclusively for this event and is a trademarked pattern solely for the use of Capes 4 Kids Australia.

Next, sew your cape. The pattern is simple. Your fabric choice needs to be bright children’s theme designs, but does not need to be new fabric. Most capes are made from cotton/poly on both sides, but can also be made with a combination of fabrics. Light weight fabrics make packaging and posting and delivery to the hospitals much easier. All capes need to close with Velcro only, and any embellishments or appliques need to be sewn on very well so children can’t pick them off. No buttons are allowed.

Then, share your cape on social media using the hashtag #hccapes4kids We’ll be sharing images from this hashtag along the course of the drive.

Finally, send your cape to Handmade Cooperative HQ. The capes will be delivered to Capes 4 Kids Australia in late June.

If you would like to continue sewing for Capes 4 Kids Australia regularly and send capes in direct to Capes 4 Kids Australia after our drive, you may formally join their seamstress group after our drive.

I Don’t Sew But I Want To Help Out

There are three other ways you can help out:

  1. Help us advertise the drive! Tell your friends, Tweet about the cause, do a Facebook shout out, Pin images from this page, write a blog post, share an image on Instagram. Do something to spread the word about this drive and about this wonderful charity.
  2. Donate materials. Capes For Kids Australia are always looking for materials, including fabric, cotton, velcro, appliques and postage materials. Head on over to their DONATE page to help them out.
  3. Sponsor a cape. If you don’t sew, you might like to sponsor a cape. You can deposit money directly into the Capes 4 Kids Australia donation account using the details here, or sponsor a cape through the Capes 4 Kids Australia Facebook page.



Fleeting Moments

Every now and then, I find myself looking through all the old photos on the laptop, and always without fail, chance upon a photo of the kids that would send me to another place in time. This photo was taken five winters ago.

How half a decade can see such great changes in a child’s life, or anyone’s life for that matter. Just the other night, while the radio played a beautiful lyrical piano piece, something moved me without warning, and I find myself tearing up, remembering the times when my daughter was just a wee one, and I honestly felt my heart was so full, I could hardly breathe. While walking my daughter to the bus stop early one morning, she saw some acorns on the ground and remembered how just a few years ago, we were collecting a bag full of acorns in the local park, and took off the tops so we can have the acorns swap “hats”. She sighed, a 14 year old, not quite old enough to be melancholic, and said those were happy times. The reality is that we live in such a fast moving world; that a girl in her early teens would look back with a sense of melancholy and yearning. Melancholia is not just for the old. The power of memories – they are often far more potent than anything we can experience in the now.

I wish I had a box, where I could safely tuck away the fleeting moments that are so precious, and so easily forgotten. Every now and then, I like to reminisce, and realise my ordinary life is blessed over and over in every breath that I take. It is a wonderful and beautiful life.

OneBusySloth120 Contributed by Jo of One Busy Sloth

One Busy Sloth designs and handcrafts bags, totes and pouches in vibrant hues and prints. Her design mantra is about making bags that are both beautiful and practical. In her spare time, she is a kitchen goddess making all kinds of treats to spoil her family.


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