Local North Augusta sewing group brings smiles amid tragedy

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Staff Photo by Scott Rodgers Marilyn Bendorf and Chris McDowell work on some keepsake bags.


Bringing a smile on someone’s face after a tragic event is near impossible. Especially when it comes at the cost of a child.

However, the women of the Sewn Together group at Fairview Presbyterian Church hope they can do just that.

Last Tuesday, the group got together to make keepsake bags for University Hospital.

The materials were donated by the hospital, and the bags are distributed to the parents who lose an infant to a miscarriage late in pregnancy; a stillborn; or lose the child shortly after birth.

“They put the birth and the death certificates in it, along with a lock of hair, if there is one,” said Margaret Shearouse, neighborhood group leader. “They also try to put in any sort of little keepsake that they may have. We do it sort of like the Lydia Project, as well, because we pray over these when we get finished for the families that will receive it. That way, they know that there are people who care about them.”

Shearouse said the hospital calls the group whenever it runs out of bags; and, unfortunately, it is more often than anyone would want it to be.

Shearouse said the group is an “incredible group of women,” and she started with them five years ago.

“All I had planned to do was open the door and let them in,” she said. “However, they hooked me in. The fellowship gets us through a lot of things, as well.”

The group is part of the American Sewing Guild and will work with Girl Scouts on May 2.

“We are going to teach them how to hem and do basic things,” Shearouse said. “We’re going to try to instill some sewing within them.”

The North Augusta group is also currently looking for new members. They do not have to be from North Augusta or attend the church, Shearouse said, and skill level is not an issue.

Project meetings, such as the keepsake bags, are the second Tuesday of every month at the church’s multipurpose room on the lower level of the Fellowship Building.

Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star.

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