Moment of truth: I went through a bout with eating disorders when I was younger. And while I never went through treatment, I realized this week that I was incredibly, incredibly lucky.
1 out of 5 cases of serious, untreated eating disorders result in death.
Does that blow your mind? It does mine. I swear at least half of the teenage girls in my high school battled eating disorders – and I knew at least a few that went through treatment. But I had NO IDEA that this was such an epidemic – or that so many people died from this disorder. And while there is no easy answer to this problem, I know from personal experience that one of the best answers is just…to be there for them
Enter this week’s Totes & Crafts.
This week we’re giving you the possibility to stand by a friend, loved one, or relative that is going through this battle. And while this project is a sewing project, it’s also perfect as just a tote kit that you put together for your warrior friend. So, let’s get cracking on how to take that world change into your own two hands.
- Canvas Fabric
- Accent Fabric
- Art SuppliesNote: Some of these links may include affiliate links :)[/one_half_last]
Before we begin, let’s have a few sewing basics:
And here are all of the pattern pieces!
And the measurements for your fabric!
Start by topstitching the top of the pocket:
And then folding over the sides and bottom of the pocket.
Then we attach the pocket to the main pieces:
It will look like this:
Now we need to attach the bottom of your tote to the main pieces
This is what you’ll end up with:
On to the strap! Begin with that oh-so-important pressing (it makes it much easier)
And the edgestitch will look like this
Flip it inside out and press to look like this:
Now we need to attach those straps:
Here’s where you’ll begin:
On to sewing the side seams!
Here’s how that will look:
And it’s time to finish this tote off!
Here’s what it will look like:
Fill this up with all of those art supplies and give it to a friend, family, or stranger that’s waging their own battle against eating disorders! If you don’t have a friend that’s going through this, keep reading for an amazing, accredited organization that you can work with and through to reach those strangers that need your help.
YOUR ISSUE: Eating Disorders
Now that you know what to do, let’s talk a bit about why this project is so important. Here are a few fast facts on eating disorders – and what kind of an impact they’re having on our whole society:
Eating disorders are defined as a mental disorder with “abnormal eating habits that negaitvely affect a person’s physical or mental health.” These can include bulimia, anorexia, pica (eating non-food items), and a variety of other specified eating disorders. Crazily enough, 1 in 10 people will suffer from an eating disorder during their lifetime – so your tote craft bag has a huge impact.
Why should we care about eating disorders? Because, according to Mirasol, not only do 10-15% of the total population in America suffer from eating disorders, but “Without treatment, up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die.” Moreover, according to Project Heal, the cost of treating those disorders can be upwards of $30,000 per month. According to the Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists, Art Therapy can be an incredibly valuable and integral part to recovery – so your art bag will be world-changing in someone’s life, indeed.
YOUR ORGANIZATION: Project Heal
Started in 2008 by two young women that had gone through treatment for eating disorders themselves, Project Heal works to “raise money for others suffering with eating disorders who want to recover but are unable to afford treatment” as well as “strengthening early intervention and recovery support through our new peer mentorship program, Communities of HEALing.” They have personal experience that “insurance coverage for eating disorders is severely lacking, leaving many unable to get the help they need” – which is one of the reasons they work so hard. They have an amazing, fantastic community involvement program as well – which is just one of the reasons they earned the Aina Accreditation.
Project Heal has more than 40 communities around North America and are growing every day. They are organized, they have a great purpose, and they are women on a mission. We couldn’t love them more. Read more about Project Heal here and find more ways to get involved here.
MEET YOUR MAKER: Janelle from Dear Daydream
This week we teamed up with the amazing, wonderful, and incredibly talented Janelle from Dear Daydream! Pop over to her Instagram, give her a follow, and keep reading to learn a bit more about her:
Janelle is a San Diego native with a passion for creative pursuit. She has a scholastic background in Psychology and Fashion Design, which she channels into a passion for design, drawing, storytelling, and sharing these passions with others. You can find all of her amazing designs at Dear Daydream Sewing Design!
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Carmen Westbrook is the CEO and co-founder of Aina Giving, a female-led company that transforms women into world changers. Join the movement of DIY World Change and get our accredited projects, leadership coaching, and nonprofit consulting – email us and tell us how you want to change the world. We’ll help you get there.