Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Peace in a Package

There are lots of ways to help work toward Peace. This one comes in a box.

Remember the Iraqi Bundles of Love?
Major Art La Flamme of the US Army is back again with IBOL II!
The original IBOL was such a success- 3445 bundles of fabric and sewing supplies were shipped to Iraq and distributed by US Soldiers to sewing co-ops and women who are in need of basic supplies for their families. That's about 30,000 pounds of supplies.

You have the opportunity to help! Go to  and ask for the address.

 I'll show you what you do- it's an easy way to help someone just by going through your stash!
First, get a large flat rate box from the Post Office. You can get the plain ones, or the ones designed to go to military addresses. The boxes are free.

  Next, lay out some ribbon, string, fabric strips- something to tie the bundle with once you've made it.

Use a large piece of fabric for the "bundle". Lay it on top of the ribbon.

Now fill the bundle with fabric, thread, yarn, pins, etc.- whatever you can fit!

Secure the bundle by folding the fabric over and knotting the ribbon...

Seal up and address the box, and get it to the Post Office no later than October 1st! The flat rate for this box is $12.50 when shipped to a military address. (Ask your friends to join you- they can donate sewing supplies, or sponsor a box!! Or both!!)

Make it a Wonderful Day!


  1. Wow, thanks for the heads up! I'd not heard he was at it again. I just posted to the ORBC Flickr group, hopefully there will be a little de-stashing!

  2. I appreciate the details of this. I just printed it all out and will share with our quilt guild at Saturday's Sew Day. Thanks.

    I am also amazed at how many pillowcases your group made in one day!

  3. Rene' - on the blog, there's a link to a two-page flier I made, just for things like guild meetings. Hopefully, it has enough stuff in it to answer the most basic questions, plus a rather nondashing photo of me.

  4. What a very cool idea. I've never heard of that one before. jan