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Iraqi Bundle of Love


I know, most quilters have cats who help them pack their IBOLs (Iraqi Bundles of Love), but I have Scooter. He was very curious about what I was doing.

I got such a kick out of Art LaFlamme’s instructions; they are very engineering sounding, but effective. He ends up with a bundle of goodies ready to be given away; it is really brilliant.

Today, I ran over to the Mill Ends store near me and picked up some nice large remnants to put in my box. I wanted to send some pieces large enough that they could be used for something in Iraq.

The first thing to do is lay some twill tape, or ribbon or yarn crisscrossed in the box.


Then you lay a large piece of fabric over the ties and form a pouch for placing the goodies.


Then fill it with fabric and notions. I threw in some yarn, too.


Tie the bundle up.


Scooter checks and rechecks.


As I was checking out, I saw this box of mints which I placed on top for Art. I should have made him cookies or brownies, but then that would limit the fabric.


If you want to participate in this, but don’t have the stash or the time to put a bundle together, here is a great opportunity. Sew Mama Sew has this wonderful offer.

For your contribution of fifteen dollars we will send one Iraqi Bundle of Love to US soldiers who will distribute the bundles to Iraqi families and sewing co-ops. One bundle will include:

  • 5 yards of new fabric
  • 16 sewing needles in a case
  • 32 pearlized pins on a wheel
  • 1 tomato pincushion
  • 1 pair folding scissors
  • 1 150 yd spool white thread

The cost of shipping is included in the price!

What a deal.

4 Responses to “Iraqi Bundle of Love”

  1. IBOL Guy says:

    You laugh, but those instructions work! When they get here, it’s a snap to de-box all this stuff and make it ready to go out into the world.

  2. Susanne says:

    Thank you so much for posting about IBOL! I saw your post via planet textile threads. I have a box ready to go and I’m emailing around to get others interested!

  3. Deborah says:

    I picked up several boxes today and I’ll be taking them to our Dallas Area Fiber Artists meeting tonight!

  4. Kristin L says:

    Scooter is going to give the IBOL kitties a run for their cute money! 🙂