Leftover Scraps From Feminine Hygiene Kits Make Beautiful Quilts

In 2019, Orphan Grain Train’s Maryland Branch undertook making washable, reusable feminine hygiene kits for girls and young women in African countries who have to miss school several days a month because they have no appropriate supplies during their menstrual cycles. As a result of making these kits which include two shields made of cotton and waterproof fabric, we accumulate many cotton scraps. Quilters can never resist trying to create something from fabric scraps (much in the tradition of original American quilting when quilts were made from old clothing, blankets, etc.) rather than throwing away the scraps. Since these scraps are relatively small, they are sewn together randomly into larger pieces of fabric. In turn, these larger pieces are cut into squares or other shapes to be sewn together in a quilt. So far, we have made two crumb quilts made entirely from feminine hygiene project scraps. One was donated to OGT’s September 2019 Silent Auction in Norfolk, Nebraska, and the second (pictured here) will hang in the Maryland warehouse. The creator of this quilt is Judy White, a dedicated volunteer for the Maryland branch.

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