Life's Little Treasures Foundation is Australia's foremost charity dedicated to providing support specifically tailored for families of premature or sick babies. Part of their support includes handing out a Little Bag of Calm to those in need and as a reminder to parents that they are not alone in their journey and that they as a foundation are there to help and support. These little bags of calm include little hand-sewn felt hearts that are lovingly made by their Handmade Heroes community.
They need your help, so if you have some time and would like a little mindful activity to do at home, please consider making a few hearts for families. The pattern can be found HERE which can be DOWNLOADED. They are pocket size and made to be carried on the person, in their bag or pocket, like a heart of hope and support. Please note 100% wool felt is the material required as it's eco-friendly, durable and kind to people and our planet. Once completed, please send your hearts to Life's Little Treasures Foundation's Head Office in Ringwood (1/21 Eugene Terrace, Ringwood - 1300 697 736), where they will collate it and send it out in their family packs. Thank you so much in advance.
In checking out their website, I noted that they're still asking for help to make Drawstring Bags for Health Workers. If you'd like to take that on as well, or instead of, you'll find the PATTERN HERE. You'll note that you can only post the drawstring bags to participating hospitals listed on the pattern page.
If you prefer, you can also order a STARTER PACK on Etsy from 1000 Hearts Australia for $28 and $2.20 delivery. The kit contains 40 pre-cut felt hearts (makes 20 hearts; two pieces of felt per heart) and enough thread to make your hearts. You'll also get instructions and a template. Please note that stuffing is not provided. The Etsy store also has supplies of 100 and 50 packs of pre-cut hearts for $28 and $14 respectively.
1000 Hearts was founded in 2016 by Sarah De Jong and is a global kindness project, sharing love through handmade hearts. They believe in inclusivity and anyone can be a part of their kindness community. If you're helping out by making hearts, they'd love you to tag them in your social media posts. The hearts for sale in the Etsy store are all lovingly handmade by Sarah. Buying from her store helps keep this kindness project running. If you're after some pure wool stuffing (100grams will fill approximately 100 hearts), 1000 Hearts have recommended a couple of stockists like Winterwood Felt and Craft Supplies and LilyRose Artisan Fibres.