Anastasia Cunningham shares the story of how her Fashion Club gave back to the community.
Former FIDM Fashion Club President, Anastasia Cunningham is now developing soft goods for Converse in the IMPD Program at FIDM. She just got back from Europe and will be traveling to Hong Kong in January! We recently caught up with her about her Fashion Club experience at The Woodlands College Park High School in Texas.
I worked with my FIDM Fashion Club to create personalized pillows for the children at Memorial Hermann Hospital near Houston. Our advisor, Mrs. Celinski, was a large part of starting this project, encouraging us to give back to our community.
We ended up making over 30 pillowcases in hopes of helping young patients through a less than exciting time at the hospital. We thought that making them bright and colorful with cute icons was exactly what they might need. The patients got to keep them and take them home when they were released.
It was a great exercise to introduce the students to using a sewing machine and serger. We were really lucky to have such a great CTE facility at our school, so it was important for us to use it for good. If members didn’t want to sew, they could help cut fabric and iron.
Many of the pillowcases were created from donated fabrics or scraps from our own projects. We also bought fabric remnants at our local fabric stores.
Most girls in the club made one or two. We had about seven or eight consistent members who came to every meeting and others who would come here and there.
Not only was I able to grow my passion for helping people through this project, I developed leadership skills by teaching fellow students.
I encourage all Fashion Clubs to make an effort to create their own charity project. Being able to create something for others is really rewarding. It also shows your fellow students that you do more than just look at Vogue.