I arranged to meet up with my sister on Wednesday morning for a cup of coffee and catchup. Her daughter joined us a little later with her 4 week old baby girl and I enjoyed lots of cuddles. I always try to utilise my car travel so I called in at Morrison's and Lidl first to pick up some bits. Knowing I only had £10.55 left I went for a savers tin of corned beef, ginger, the biggest individual garlic I could find in the basket and a handful of mushrooms instead of a punnet. Morrison's spending: £2.45. Lidl was £8.51 a slight overspend of 44p. But worth it as they had a number of baking bits on offer (sultanas, dark brown sugar, glace cherries).
While we chatted my sister asked if I still had a sewing machine and I told her I did, in fact it was in the boot of the car ready to take to the 'hospice shop'. I explained I was hoping to treat myself to a new one as it didn't look like I'd won the one in the competition I entered. She asked if I would come to a 'Sanitary Towel Party' to sew 'sanitary ware' for Malawi. A young local teacher had been out there and noticed that teenage girls were missing out on their education as they did not attend school when they were menstruating. Women will sleep on the floor or outside and will not leave their homes during 'their time of the month'. Some use old rags, whilst others resort to the husk of a tree, bits of bark or plastic.
The invitation asked everyone to bring old hand/bath towels, sewing paraphernalia and £3 to help with postage and packs of knickers to hold the sanitary towel during their period. We were supplied with templates, some women chose to be the 'cutters', others sewed steadily by hand. Three other women had brought their machines which gave me the opportunity to have a nose at alternative makes. The lady with the 'Singer' machine said it was a great machine £99 from Lidl. Although she said it had taken ages to get her hands on it as they seem to sell out straight away. 'You need to be unemployed or retired and turn up outside the shop the day the offer starts' she said. Well as I'm both retired and unemployed as from tomorrow, so I may have to keep an eye out for that! Over 50 women turned up to do this in the back bar of a pub, we worked steadily for 3 hours and a great time was had by all.
The design is based on the winged type you see in the shops today except everything is cotton and washable. The winged sanitary towel has one end left open and the towel is inserted. Two poppers are applied to the wings and they wrap around the gusset of the knickers. Simple but effective. I have brought another 40 or so to finish at home, so it looks like the hospice will have to wait a little longer to get my sewing machine. Bye for now. Tx