Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party (first of many!)

After hearing about Sole Hope and reading about Nat @ Take the Cannoli’s Shoe Cutting Party, I immediately knew I wanted to get involved. I’m honored and humbled to be a Sole Hope Ambassador, spreading the news about the need, the cause, and how we can help. One way to help? Host a Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party. Every pair of shoes you cut is sewn into a pair of shoes for a child to protect their feet from jiggers. Every pair provides a job and income to someone in need who was trained to sew the shoes. Every pair changes lives.

To prep for the party, I went on a hunt for fabric. My mom offered up everything in her fabric chest. So generous!

As an aside, I uncovered some gems! Yes, these are vintage late 70s/early 80s patterns. I had some awesome homemade clothes.

The day before the party, I traced the shoe patterns onto cardboard for templates, and traced a few patterns onto denim and fabric to help get us started.

But shoes are not created on their own. I am blessed with some amazing friends who came ready and willing to help. We all have young kids. The thought that there are children who are suffering from jigger infestations because they do not have shoes, touched all of us.

And we traced. And we talked. And we cut. And we laughed. And we safety pinned. And traced. And we ate. And cut some more.

Sometimes you have to switch from cutting fabric to cutting your friend’s hair. See? It’s fun to sit around with friends, chat, laugh, all while cutting shoe patterns and giving back.

7 friends. Nearly 3 hours. 17 pairs of shoes cut! My heart is overflowing with joy. 17 children will have shoes!

May the children whose feet these shoes will cover be blessed.

May they know how much they are loved.

May the hearts and lives of those sewing the shoes be transformed.

Want to help send these shoes to Africa? Donate to Sole Hope here.

Want to host a Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party? Order a shoe party packet here and for more info email Ashley at

Live in the Boston area and want to have a Shoe Cutting Party? I’d love to help you out! Seriously. I would love to help you host, answer questions, whatever you need. You don’t need to have a huge group to make a difference. Email me at

8 thoughts on “Sole Hope Shoe Cutting Party (first of many!)

  1. That is awesome! I think I will have a shoe cutting party!

    Those vintage patterns are awesome. You are so lucky! I have been drooling over vintage children’s patterns on ebay since I make about 80% of my kiddos clothes!

    • That’s great about the shoe party! Let me know if you have any questions!

      I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but we threw out all of the old patterns! I went back and looked to see if there were any more for you but we had cleaned them out. Sorry!

  2. How did you hear about Sole Hope?? I think they are local here in Asheville, yes?! Small world! “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15)… And how beautiful are the HEARTS who clothe the feet of those who will hopefully one day hear & receive the good news!!

    • Small world! Yes, they are in Asheville – such an amazing organization. I heard about them through twitter/someone’s blog post and immediately wanted in. The shoe cutting parties are so much fun and for such a good cause! It’s such a blessing to get to hold and cut the actual shoe that will help protect a child. I could totally see you hosting one. 🙂

      • A girlfriend of mine has an etsy business and she cuts her scraps into the shoe patterns–I’ve given her a bunch of fabric… but a party is always fun! WHEEEEEE!

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