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Sandy sewing group raises funds for the historical museum by selling handmade items.

COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY HISTORICAL MUSEUM - Cathy Crownover leads the Friends of the Museum in their crafting and sewing efforts to raise funds for the historical society. In an effort to provide support for the Sandy Historical Museum while the building is partially closed, the Friends of the Museum have found a creative way to earn funds. With fabrics donated to the group, the friends have been crafting items, such as hot pads, aprons, quilts and more to sell in the gift shop, bringing in dollars for the museum stitch by stitch.

The group began this effort pre-pandemic in 2019 but continued in 2020 by sewing at home. In 2019 the friends brought in about $800 for the museum with their handmade items, and in 2020 they made about $500. The group consists of seven mostly retired people who love sewing and supporting the museum.

Friends leader Cathy Crownover says the group made less last year because the gift shop wasn't consistently open, but that didn't discourage them.

Through sales of $1 scrunchies alone, the group has made $100.

"We do a little bit of everything," Crownover explained. "We use every piece of fabric we get (and) do anything we can to support the museum."

While the group doesn't have a date set for when they'll be able to meet in person again, new members are always welcome. Crownover says she's willing to meet with new volunteers at the museum to hand off fabric for projects. Even after the group is able to meet and sew together in person again, people are welcome to pick up supplies, sew at home and return the completed items if they wish. COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY HISTORICAL MUSEUM - The Friends of the Museum craft and sew a variety of items sold in the museum gift shop, including hot pads, hair scrunchies and more.

The friends provide all of the fabric needed, so volunteers need only supply their own sewing machine and notions.

The group operates on "fun and the honor system," Crownover explained, meaning the friends trust all who come and take fabric home for projects will return their projects to the museum.

Besides being a fundraising opportunity for the museum, Crownover says the friends also offer advice and education to new sewers and accept anybody to join the cause.

"If you have sewing questions, we can help you," Crownover said. "We try to work with people in whatever way we can."

Those interested in getting involved with Friends of the Museum are encouraged to call Cathy Crownover at 503-481-5216 or visit the museum at 39345 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy, for more information.

"It gives you a purpose," Crownover said. "I think people come for the getting together as much as the sewing. You need something to keep busy and it's for a worthy cause."

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