{Social Sewing} Fighter Tee Blog Tour

Happy Wednesday, Friends! I've got a rare treat for you today: an excellent excuse to buy a new pattern for the littles in your life.

My friend Kelly (Handmade Boy) has pledged to raise $1000 for St Jude Children's Research Hospital - and designed The Fighter Tee to raise those funds. This relaxed-fit, unisex pattern is a collaboration with Tami at Love Notions, available in sizes 2-14 and features side panels on both the body and sleeves. The best part?? 100% of the proceeds are donated to St Jude's.

If you are not familiar with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, it is a hospital that treats children with devastating illnesses. The families of these children NEVER receive a bill. Children with cancer and other horrible diseases are treated every day at the hospital free of charge. The hospital covers all travel expenses, medical care and even their meals. I live just 20 minutes from the Peoria, IL hospital and, it does ground breaking research on the treatment of childhood cancer.
— Kelly

As a Tri-Delt in college, St Jude's was the primary beneficiary of my sorority's philanthropic efforts. I hadn't shared much (any?) of this history with my 5 year old - but this was an excellent excuse to do just that. She's a Girl Scout now - and growing more aware of our responsibilities as people to take care of one another, especially those in need. 

I'd like to think I got through to her on some level... but she was far more enamored by my collection of Vinyl and dreaming up critters I could put on her new t-shirt. "PUPPY?? No.. HORSEY?? No... Mom, you decide!"

I hemmed the sleeves an extra inch, but otherwise made a straight 5T. It's a fast sew - and roomy enough for miss "Can I knot this shirt, mama!?" to style it just how she likes. There'll be many more of these in my kid's Summer rotation. It's great for a print-mix sew, featuring a panel, Free Motion Applique, or a vinyl design. 

I hope you will consider helping Kelly meet her pledge - and contributing to the research and care that St Jude's provides. The pattern is available now for $5 in the Handmade Boy Etsy Shop. Or (or in addition to!), you may chose to donate directly to Kelly's fundraising efforts. Find the links to each below! And of course, find an abundance of Fighter Tee inspiration on the rest of the blog tour.