Charity Events: RARE Bears & Kennel Quilts

Attention Sewists! The RARE Bear Army Needs the Sewing Community’s Help!

There are an estimated 200 million children in the world with a rare disease and 30% will die before their 5th birthday. The RARE Bear Program is a grassroots outreach initiative for these kids and their families. The RARE Bear Army of community volunteers create one-of-a-kind teddy bears for these special kids. Each sewist who makes a bear for a child receives a picture of the child with their gifted RARE Bear. The bears are gifted to children worldwide at no cost to them or their families. Kids and families will feel the love and hope put into each seam and stitch you sew!

1. Register to be part of the RARE Bear Army online at

2. You will receive instructions on the process, and program details such as how to purchase the pattern—and how to receive your first free kit with a unique bear serial number and feet fabric.

3. Bring your unfilled bear to the Expo to stuff and they will deliver to a child looking for hope and support.
*Participants will receive a spool of Dual Duty XP thread from Coats and Clark (while supplies last).

Kennel Quilts

Photo courtesy of TQPM Kennel Quilts

The Sewing & Stitchery Expo is proud to bring you The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) Kennel Quilts. No sewing experience needed. Stop by the Showplex and sew a quilt for a shelter animal to take home with them upon adoption!

Kennel Quilts is a volunteer organization formed to help animals all over the country who have been displaced by natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and  California fires. These quilts not only offer the animals a sense of comfort as they head to new homes, they boost the chances of being adopted!

Expo will offer two ways to participate this year:

At Expo: Join us in the Showplex to stitch together a quilt to be donated to TQPM and dispersed to shelters around the country. Learn more about the TQPM Kennel Quilts guidelines.

Ahead of Expo: Bring larger-sized quilts created before Expo to donate to Metro Animal Services here in Pierce County. Learn more about the Metro Animal Services guidelines.