This isn’t your typical sewing party — it’s a pouch making party to help orphaned animals in fire-ravaged Australia.
“I’ve done a lot of charity stuff with quilting and this was just a way to give back to Australia, to give it back to the animals,” one volunteer says.
It’s estimated more than a billion animals have perished in the worst fire season Australia has ever seen.
“The animal rescue coalition put out a call to the craft guilds and when we saw it we knew we had to do something,” says Rebecca Sky of The Cloth Castle.
And for Cloth Castle owner Sylvia Ratcliffe, who’s been in business for more than 50 years, it’s a cause close to her heart.
“I love those little kangaroos,” Ratcliffe says. “I was in Australia and they are really sweet. Nothing makes me happier than to be able to give back, whatever I can do, I like doing that. It’s my heart for the community.”
Greater Victoria’s sewing, knitting and crafting community is also stepping up big time, to help.