Sewing for a Cause at Stitch Lab

by SummerHuggins • Posted in: Volunteering

The Stitch Lab on S. 1st hosted a group of dog lovers, sewing enthusiasts and Austin Pets Alive! volunteers Monday night to make “Adopt Me!” vests for the dogs.

With lots orange material, green borders and white paint in-hand, our goal was to make 30 vests for the dogs to wear at special events, running around Lady Bird Lake and out on the town. Instead, we made 40!

“It’s such a cool experience when people come together and contribute their talents to help others,” APA! volunteer Crystal Corzine, who organized the vest-making night, said. “That’s a big reason why I wanted to do these vests — some people can write, some people can foster, and I can craft! And I wanted to do these vests for APA! because they’re an organization that I have a lot of respect for and that is doing so many amazing things in our community.”

With Stitch Lab Owner Leslie Bonnell as our ring leader, volunteers got a crash course in screen printing, working with bias tape and the importance of needle position as the vests came together.

“Of course, this whole project really took off when we brought Leslie into the mix,” Crystal said. “A huge thanks goes to Leslie and the Stitch Lab for dedicating so much time and resources to bringing crafty people together to get some dogs adopted!”

Look for our bright orange vests around town! They’ll be hard to miss…

6 Responses to "Sewing for a Cause at Stitch Lab"

  1. Ellen Bankheadsays: September 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I want to do this next time! I love to sew. Put me on the list for the next project. Thanks, Ellen

  2. Crystalsays: September 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Ellen, you’re in luck! We made so many vests that we couldn’t finish them all in one night. We’re getting together again on Friday, October 7, at the Stitch Lab to put on the finishing touches (mainly sewing on the straps and touching up the paint). We’ll be there from 5pm til the vests are done. If you’d like to join us, just shoot an email to info at stitchlab dot biz with the subject line “APA Volunteer” so we can get an idea on who’s coming. Hope to see you there!

  3. Marysays: October 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Hey, are you planning to sell any of these (without the Austin tagline)? Or would you be interested in “trading” a few for a donation? I’m a foster in Atlanta and was just browsing the web looking for some vests for the dogs. These are GREAT.

  4. Crystalsays: October 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Mary –
    All of the vests were made the same (with the APA! tagline) and will be donated to APA! However, I got the idea for these vests from the blog at . All of the info on making the vests and materials needed can be found there. After that it’s a matter of getting some amazing people together and getting busy making vests! Good luck!

  5. Marysays: October 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Perfect! Thanks!