Craft It Forward

    Posted by  ·  February 15, 2013

    I was delighted when Michaels asked me to Craft It Forward for Random Acts of Kindness Week. The possibilites are endless to help share kindness. The most important thing, is to do something . It is easy to become overwhelmed by the choices of what to do or the worry of knowing if it will matter. I have learned though, when done with a loving heart, it all matters no matter how big or small! When we are kind it creates a beautiful ripple effect and causes others to be kind.

    My coloring book loving daughter thought it would be kind to send coloring books and crayons to the hospital. I first made a call to the hospital to make sure that coloring books would be needed and appreciated. The nurse that answered the phone was overjoyedl

    Michaels had everything I needed to make this Random Act of Kindness happen.  We purschased crayons, coloring books and felt to make pouches for the crayons.

    The crayons needed a pouch to make them extra special and to show our love!  These simple  little pouches would make a great sewing project for kids!

    One piece of felt made two holders. Cut felt in half lengthwise. Cut hearts to embellish the fronts.

    Sew around the heart on the bottom front.

    Flip felt over and fold up bottom edge (heart at the top). Use the crayon as a guide to know how far to fold. Sew along each side. Reinforce at the tops by stitching back and forth.

    If desired, use pinking shears to give the sides a fancy edge.

    Slip in a box of crayons and you have a handy little pouch.

    Now pass it forward!

    Michaels is participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 11-17, by asking customers to share their own random acts of kindness on the Michaels Facebook page and to use the hashtag #RAOKDIY when sharing on Twitter and Instagram.

    In celebration of the holiday on Sunday, Feb. 17, Michaels hopes to inspire customers to participate by giving away more than $100,000 in gift cards at its nearly 1,100 U.S. and Canada stores. Gift card recipients will be encouraged to “craft it forward” and exhibit their own random act of kindness towards another person.

    If you want to “craft it forward” you will  find inspiration for Random Acts of Kindness projects to give to others on the Michaels Random Acts of Crafting Pinterest board

    We couldn’t stop with just the coloring books and decided to take some craft supplies to The Ronald McDonald House too!

     Thanks Michaels for providing me a gift card so I could craft it forward!

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    1. Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
      Great Idea! wonderful thought of random act of kindness.
    2. Angie
      Saturday, February 16th, 2013
      I absolutely adore the craft you came up with, and the idea behind it. Having a child that has to spend time in the hospital regularly makes this especially touching.
    3. Lisa Reese
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      What an awesome idea. I really love how these turned out. They are so adorable and easy. Random acts of kindness can have such a huge affect on someone's day. The idea of crafting it forward is so great. This inspires me to do more random acts of kindness. Thanks for sharing!
    4. Hillary
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      These are so cute and easy. I love the idea of crafting it forward. Also I often find myself looking for service projects for groups of kids to do and this would be a great. Thank you so much for sharing.
    5. Karen
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      I love this idea. That is the cutest gift! Last month I was leaving costco and some adorable children ran over and gave me a bouquet of flowers as a random act of kindness. It made my day, week! I love the idea of spreading this kind of happiness. Thank you for sharing!
    6. virginia
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      That is such a great idea. I just delivered some cupcakes to the tellers and ladies at my bank. I was wanting an idea for something besides food but at least I came up with something to observe the week.
    7. Holly
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      What a cute idea! As someone who has been the recipient of a random act of kindness, I love the inspiration on how to pay it forward. Thanks!
    8. Laura Reese
      Friday, February 15th, 2013
      Oh my gosh I love these. I am going to use this idea (if you don't mind). I volunteer at a NICU and we have a real need for things like this to keep siblings busy, happy and feeling included. I hope this idea inspires others to create such a meaningful and useful gift!
    9. Friday, February 15th, 2013
      I love this and thank you so much for sharing! We have been encouraging Random Acts of Kindness at work all week and I love the Craft It Forward concept. Have a wonderful weekend!
    10. Friday, February 15th, 2013
      GREAT idea!!!!