‘Sew Much Joy’ is a group of ladies that take fabric remnants and recycle them into useful articles for various mission organizations. You don’t have to be able to sew… there is much work to be done cutting, ironing and organizing! We have manufactured and donated over 9,000 items total, and for the past few years have averaged about 1,200 items per year.

There are several organizations to which we contribute. By far the biggest recipient is Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC), which distributes items to children around the world (click here for more information about MMDC). Many local organizations have received items and new ideas are always welcome. What items get made depends upon what fabric is available (it is all reclaimed!) A gallery of items is shown below.

We meet the first and third Tuesday of each month at Jane Johnson’s home from 10:00AM until 3:00PM with a potluck lunch at noon. You don’t have to come for the entire time. And it is not all work – there is a lot of good fellowship!!! If you would like to join us contact Jane Johnson, or Carolyn Catalano (carolyn@troyumc.org) and she will tell you how to get in contact with Jane.

Items made by Sew Much Joy

Book bags (distributed by MMDC)

Hospital outfits (distributed by MMDC.) Children often show up at the hospital with no clothes.

Little Dresses For Africa (distributed by MMDC).

Caps made for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer at local hospitals. It is nice to have something warm to cover your head when all of your hair has fallen out.

Pet beds are made from fabric that cannot be used for anything else. These are given to Partners for Pets.

‘Cover Them with Love’ quilts (distributed by MMDC.)

Pillowcases are made for children in area hospitals and overseas military. The idea for military came from a member who has since moved away. A pillowcase is one item that the military allows to be supplied by other sources. A pillowcase from home is very welcome.

Sheets and changing pads for the neonatal intensive care unit at Cardinal Glennon.

Walker and wheelchair caddies. These are distributed to area nursing home and retirement centers.