FPC's Busy Sewing Bees

by Mollie Bobo

Our Sewing Bees have had a very busy fall!  We sent approximately 100 dresses and 50 boxer shorts to Haiti in December. These were hand-delivered by Sally Smith-Garmon to the children in the villages that our mission team serves.   

Our “super sewer” Jan Clayton designed and made more than half of the dresses herself. Shannon Franzen, Anne Clarke and Pat Cryer burned some midnight oil boosting the number of boxer shorts. Great job ladies!

In November, we switched gears to help Phyllis Kidwell prepare for the Christmas pageant. We added new angels, shepherds and wise men to the costume inventory.  Then we spent a fun-filled morning making animal headpieces for the little ones to wear on Christmas Eve. No sewing was required, just scissors and glue guns.  

We have used up yards and yards of fabric that was initially donated to us, and have purchased additional fabrics along the way. Presbyterian Women have generously provided funds for purchase of ribbons and trim.  We will be looking for new sources of quilting cottons for our next projects. We are also glad to accept money for supplies via checks made payable to First Presbyterian Church, memo: sewing bees (mail to: 230 W. Rusk, Tyler, TX75701).

Sewing Bees meets on 3rd Wednesday each month at 10 a.m. in F 104 for work, fun and fellowship. No equipment is required. We have 2 sewing machines and a serger that “live” permanently in our sewing room.  

If you would like to learn to sew or just refresh your skills, consider joining us.  We can also schedule some specific classes at a different time. For more information, conatct Mollie Bobo at (903) 530-2772 or visit