I know it is early to think about Christmas, but if you want to bring a little joy to someone else at Christmas time, now is the time to start thinking about using those special sewing and smocking skills. Tree for Troops is a national non-profit organization that delivers fresh Christmas trees to military bases and families around the world. When I was President of SAGA
(Smocking Arts Guild of America), we adopted as one of our charitable programs making ornaments for Trees for Troops.
Our members made and donated beautiful smocked, or embroidered Christmas ornaments to be delivered to our troops all over the world.
One of our ornaments went all the way to Guam! If you would like to put your sewing, smocking or crafting skills to work to benefit our military families, now is the time to whip up a few ornaments! For a few ideas to get your creative juices rolling, check out this blog post that I wrote on smocked ornaments. Free directions for several smocked ornaments can be found on the Facebook group page, including the two I designed: The Mystery Smocked Ornament:
and the Trees for Troops Ornament.
You will find the directions under the "file" tab on the left hand side of the page. If you are a member of SAGA, the directions for each of the ornaments can also be found in the member's section, under forms and documents, and listed under "smock-along." My Christmas Ornament Pinterest Board also contains links to many free ornament patterns. SAGA will be collecting the ornaments at the St. Louis Retreat coming soon in October, (you can read about it here) or you can contact Trees for Troops directly at the address listed on their website. If you hope to have one of your ornaments go over seas, you need to get the ornament to them be the beginning of November! Ornaments delivered after that will go to military families here in the States.
Lets use those sewing and smocking skills to support our troops!