Calling all crafters, fabric hoarders and anyone with a sewing machine: Sew facemasks for your community

facemasks by The Patchwork Bear

For all crafters, fabric hoarders and anyone with a sewing machine: Many hospitals are in need of facemasks.

Due to the shortage of surgical and N95 respirator masks, hospitals and clinics are asking for donations of handmade facemasks. These don’t replace the N95 ones but can be used throughout the hospital by non ER staffers or over N95 masks to extend their use. 

If your local hospital is not accepting or in need of facemasks, consider making a few and donating them to your local EMS, post office or grocery store. While they may not be the best option in filtering out coronavirus, they are still helpful. Get the whole family involved for a productive project and time well spent. We spent the morning making a few and I even got my husband to cut patterns and my kids to make the straps! sewing facemasks The Patchwork Bear facemask cutting patterns

Here's a great link to a simple pattern with instructions ando tutorial:

Feel free to reach out or comment if you have any questions about making these. Stay well everyone!

xo- JC

March 24, 2020 — Jennifer Cura

Happy Spring! (yes, it's spring) Easy Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Manageable

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Happy Spring! 

While we are all (hopefully) practicing social distancing, it's the perfect opportunity for some spring cleaning.  If you are like me, you are thinking about getting organized- between Netflix, kids and laundry. Here are some tips to go from thinking about it to actually getting it done:

Easy tips to make spring cleaning manageable

1. START SMALL. The thought of organizing my kitchen cabinets or dresser is overwhelming so I started with JUST ONE DRAWER or cabinet a day. It worked! Just one each day is enough. We are all home for at least the next two weeks so that's 14 drawers or cabinets! One junk drawer, one sock drawer, one section of the closet... That's it. Then go back to Netflix. So far I only have one drawer done but it's a start.

2. SET A TIME LIMIT. Similar to starting small, limit your time. Since you are only taking on small projects, don't take too much time so you don't get bored and not finish. BUT be sure to finish and not leave it everywhere when time is up. Then back to the couch.

3. SORT, SORT, SORT. Dump everything out and separate them into 4 piles: trash, save, donate AND the "maybe" pile. This is the pile most professional organizers don't realize we need. It's always my biggest pile. Once you have all 4 piles separated, toss the trash. Put away the "Save" and bag the "Donate". Now have a heart-to-heart with your "Maybe" pile and toss out half of it. You didn't really don't need to save that earring with no pair, the markers with no ink.  

4. SCHEDULE A DONATION PICKUP. Even if you haven't started yet, schedule a pickup for next week. Then you can have a nice batch of your "Donate" piles to leave out. We have a local charity that picks up or check out PICK UP PLEASE  to see if they service your area. 

5. ABOUT THAT "MAYBE" PILE... What about the clothes in your "Maybe" pile that you don't wear but can't toss or donate? Or the ones in the "Save" pile that are too sentimental to give up. Why not turn them into something new? The Patchwork Bear turns favorite clothes into keepsake memory bears, pillows, bags and for those with a big pile of clothes...memory quilts. Upcycled and sentimental. Good for the environment and good for you.

For the rest of March, you can get a FREE MEMORY BIRD at The Patchwork Bear with your purchase of $50 or more with code SPRING2020 at checkout. Take a look at all the things we can turn your clothes into HERE

 Happy organizing! Be well, stay healthy and let's all take care of each other.

COVID-19 Update from The Patchwork Bear: Updated policies and requests

COVID-19 Update from The Patchwork Bear: Updated policies and requests

Due to the current situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to implement a few changes to normal procedures when working with your orders. Our priority is the safety & welfare of ourselves, our families and our customers.

  • First, we are still taking online orders. Being stuck at home is the perfect time to clear out your closets and set aside clothes for us to make into keepsakes for you BUT it is uncertain how long the virus can last on clothing. Suggestions are anything between a few hours to a few days, so for the foreseeable future the following steps will be in place:
  • We will not be accepting in-studio appointments for clothing drop off or order consultations.
  • Please try to wash & dry your clothes in the hottest temperature setting or sanitize them before sending them off to us. (Lysol makes a laundry additive that safely sanitizes colored clothes even in cold water)
  • Write your ORDER NUMBER clearly on the outside of the shipping box. As an added precaution, we will not be opening packages for at least 3-4 days from when we receive them. Be assured that all packages will be received, signed for and stored safely indoors until we open them. We will continue to update you via email when packages arrive safely.
  • If you are displaying cold/flu symptoms or are in self-quarantine when packaging your clothes to send to us, please let us know.

Be assured our sewing and work spaces are sanitized regularly and in between separate orders. At this time, we are still working on your orders but expect delays due to our personal, local and state limitations. Thankfully to date, no one in the studio has tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced any symptoms but to allow for the care of our families, our little team is even smaller.

Things have been changing so quickly and we will keep you updated through our Facebook and Instagram pages. As always, we THANK YOU for your support and we will get through this together!

Stay safe and healthy everyone.

xo- Jen Cura and all of us at The Patchwork Bear

March 16, 2020 — Jennifer Cura

The Patchwork Bear collaborates Send Hunger Packing Princeton to address food insecurity in our community

The Patchwork Bear collaborates Send Hunger Packing Princeton to address food insecurity in our community
March 14, 2020 — Jennifer Cura

Meet the Maker: Jennifer Cura, founder The Patchwork Bear

Meet the Maker: Jennifer Cura, founder of The Patchwork Bear
March 08, 2020 — The Patchwork Bear .

Mondays at The Patchwork Bear

Mondays at The Patchwork Bear
March 02, 2020 — Jennifer Cura

"You can't buy happiness but you can buy local, and that's kind of the same"

You can't buy happiness but you can buy local, and that's kind of the same
December 16, 2019 — Jennifer Cura

How many clothes can you use in one Memory Bear?

How many clothes can you use in one Memory Bear?
November 25, 2019 — Jennifer Cura

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day
November 11, 2019 — Jennifer Cura

The Patchwork Bear on "I WANT THAT"!

Check out The Patchwork Bear on the DIY Network show "I WANT THAT"! We are excited to make our national TV debut this summer. Let us know what you think of the segment :)

September 04, 2015 — Jennifer Cura