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Sew Beads of Courage Bags


About the Program

The Beads of Courage Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program members tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that they receive to honor and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey. Beads are given according to a program specific program bead guide. For milestones in their treatment journey, they receive handmade one-of-a-kind glass beads that are donated by members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).

The Need

Children's Health needs community members to sew Beads of Courage Bags which allows a safe place for patient to store their Beads of Courage.

Pattern Guidelines (Visit Beads of Courage)

  1. Fat Quarters are great for this project. There will be a small scrap left over.
  2. Sew on the Beads of Courage Bead Bag label to the fabric that you have chosen for the outside of the bag. You may place it in the middle of the bag or lower right corner.
  3. Focus Fabric - Cut two 9" x 12" - With RS together sew a 1/2" seam on both long sides making a tube. Press seams open.
  4. Lining Fabric - Cut two 9" x 12" - With RS together sew a 1/2" seam on both long sides making a tube. Press seams open.
  5. Turn lining right side out and place inside of focus fabric (RS together)
  6. Line up seams and sew a 1/4" seam around the top of the tube.
  7. Turn right side out. Press seam towards lining.
  8. Tuck the lining back inside and press the top seam flat.
  9. Place tube on the open arm of the sewing machine and sew a seam at 2" from top. When you get to the two seams back tack about 1/4" across the seam.
  10. Sew another seam 2-3/4" from the top back tacking again at the seams. (This makes the seams stronger for the cording to be pulled through.
  11. Using a seam ripper, pop the seam between the two back tacks on focus fabric for cording to be pulled through.
  12. Turn project wrong side out and serge all layers together.
  13. Turn right side out and press bottom seam. Cut two 26-" pieces of cording .Using a large safety pin fold back about 1/2" of cording and pin through the folded edge.
  14. Starting at one seam, thread all the way around the bag. Tie ends of cording together in a knot. Do the same with the other seam.
  15. Sew on the provided Beads of Courage label in the middle of the bag or at the bottom corner.

How to Order Beads of Courage Labels

Visit the Beads of Courage website and order labels at no charge by clicking here. Labels can be ordered in quantities of 25, 50, 75 or 100. To order labels, please visit the Beads of Courage website here.

Distribution of Bags

Due to patient confidentiality and infection control, donated items are distributed by Children's Health staff. Unfortunately, individuals and groups are not allowed to distribute donated items to patients. Due to infection control all items must be new and unused in their original packaging. You may wash the fabric in hypoallergenic detergent such as Dreft Detergent. For infection control purposes, please store completed items in an unscented, plastic bag or sealable bag until you are ready to deliver your donation.

To donate items or for more information please contact:

To Deliver Items to the Dallas Campus:

To schedule a delivery to the Dallas campus, please email and include your contact information, the campus you wish to donate to—Dallas or Plano, the item you are donating, date and time you would like to deliver your donation. The best times to deliver are Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. If you need to schedule a time outside of these hours, please let us know. Prior to delivering items, please complete a donation form.

To Deliver Items to the Plano Campus:

Items may be delivered to the Plano Campus, Main Concierge Desk 8AM to 8PM Sunday-Saturday. Please complete a Donation Form to be delivered along with your donation, noting hours spent in making handmade items.