Lucky Charms for Medicine Bags?


I’m looking through the nooks and crannies in my house for tiny items that would be “good luck charms. This is a handful of things I have found so far: an arrowhead I found when I was young, a coin I brought back from a trip to Mexico, a jeweled key, a shark’s tooth, a tiny golden star, a coyote figurine, an itty bitty harmonica that really plays, a coin with an Irish blessing on it, a miniature seashell, another funky key, a set of monkeys (who neither see nor speak nor hear any evil), and in the center is an “Apache tear” that I found in New Mexico forty years ago.

I could find 140 tiny trinkets in all of my flotsam and jetsam without breaking a sweat. If I won’t be stingy, I could find 420 “lucky charms.” That’s how many I need! I plan to put three lucky charms (“three” is a magic number) in 140 tiny “medicine bags” for children at Camp Sanguinity next summer.

I’ve told y’all a hundred times about Camp Sanguinity. It’s a summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. It’s a retreat for those children, so that for one week of their year they don’t have to think about The Big “C.”

This year, we gave the children crocheted afghans (with squares that came from all over the world). We can’t top that feat, and I can’t put together a project of that magnitude again. But, we can give them tiny bits of our love with little lucky charms. I’m willing to bet that those kids will be tickled to pieces.

Each charm will have a note, or poem, or story with it. I’ll explain to the kids what it is and why I think it could be “lucky.” I’ll wish them well. Since some of the kids don’t have cancer, but deal with the cancer of their brother or sister, the notes won’t say, “Get well soon.” I’ll have to get creative.

Sure, I could do it all by myself…I could gather lucky charms and I could stitch together 140 medicine bags, using leather I got down at the thrift store. But, why should I have all the fun? It is fun to give, you know.

How much more special would it be for those children if hundreds of people helped me?

What if one person made the medicine bag a child received (and maybe put a note with it), and inside it were charms and notes from three other people? How cool would that be?

Someone might want to make a beaded bag. Another person might spin yarn and knit a tiny pouch. Someone else might want to a piece of silk from an old kimono or sari to stitch a bag, or make a bag from a beautiful piece of velvet and decorate it with embroidery. There are tons of possibilities.

Here is what I have in mind, if you would like to participate:

Medicine Bags

  • If you are “crafty” and want to make a medicine bag, remember that “three is the magic number.” Hopefully, so many people will want to participate, that I will only need three from each person. I only want from one to three medicine bags from you. If you only have time to make one, that’s cool! It means more people can participate.
  • The medicine bags should be made to be worn as necklaces. The bag itself should measure no more than 4 inches X 4 inches, although any fringe or decoration doesn’t count in the measurement.
  • The bag can be made by any method you choose, so get creative. But, please remember that this bag will be something that the children will likely cherish all their lives. Use your best craftmanship to make something of which they will be proud.

Lucky Charms

  • Do you want to send lucky charms? Three is the magic number! You can send one, two, or three … but no more. The charms should be no bigger than a silver dollar (and remember that anything fragile might break in a bag around a little kid’s neck).
  • What should you send? It can be as simple as a tiny origami crane or a shark’s tooth you found on the beach. You can be more elaborate if you choose, don’t send anything terribly expensive since, as much as they cherish it, they might lose it. If it’s something personal to you, it’s even better. Feel free to e-mail and ask if you wonder about your choices.
  • Write a note (maybe use some pretty paper and your own handwriting) to the child. Maybe tell them why this charm is special. Include a name (you can use a pseudonym) and your location. You don’t have to give your address, but you can if you would be willing to have the child contact you. Remember that they are kids and they might or might not do so.
  • Remember that the child who receives your charm might be a sibling of a child with cancer. It probably isn’t appropriate to say, “Get well soon.” You can certainly wish them health and happiness, though.

Where do you send it?

Shelly Tucker
P.O. Box 2241
Denton, TX 76202

E-mail me at shelly[dot]tucker[at]gmail[dot]com to let me know you are participating.

What’s the time line?

Although the camp will be next July, I don’t think we should drag this out that long. I’m betting that if we get the word out, we can do it by December, and I can take them to Cooks Children’s Medical Center.

How else can you help?

  46 comments for “Lucky Charms for Medicine Bags?

  1. August 30, 2008 at 10:22 am

    What a wonderful idea, and something we non-crocheters can do too :).

    Robins last blog post..Itai’s running away

    You certainly CAN! Finding a lucky charm isn’t hard at all, if you look. How about getting the kids to each find three??

  2. August 30, 2008 at 10:29 am

    You are something! I’ll be looking for lucky charms!

    janeywans last blog post..First sign of Fall (Denver backyard)

    πŸ˜† I’m something alright! We just don’t want to say what it is. I know you have some lucky charms around there somewhere. And, you know I’ll appreciate your help!

  3. August 30, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Okay, I put up a cross promotion blog article for you and then I’ll put a link on the verticle bar as a permanent link next week.

    Jamies last blog post..Once More With Feeling

    Cool! I appreciate it, and I knew I could count on you! Got lucky charms? I bet you would have some interesting ones.

  4. August 30, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    When you receive a lucky omen, it is called “Good Medicine” so why not simply call it “Good Medicine”

    Jamies last blog post..Once More With Feeling

    I love it! Now, I’ve got to get Barbara to make a new graphic…think she’s gonna kick me?

  5. August 30, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    I’m in! Can I do three bags and also send three charms, or am I just being greedy?

    And I SERIOUSLY like the idea of calling it “Good Medicine”. That’s awesome. :mrgreen:

    Ambers last blog post..Itching and Rashy and Scratching, Oh My!

    Oh Amber, thank you! πŸ˜€ That’s great. Yeah, I like “Good Medicine,” too. And, YES, you can do both. Be greedy. If I don’t get enough response with the bags I’ll have you making more bags if you don’t watch out.

  6. August 31, 2008 at 6:40 am

    A very good idea!! IΒ΄ll try to do something, I am very bad with a needle, but I am going to practice. I could do something with little jewelry, I hope.
    Is there any problem with Gustav? I hope you all are well.
    P.D.Tomorrow I will post something about this new idea.

    lolas last blog post..Libertad para Gorki Águila (actualizado)

    πŸ˜† I thought that the charm idea might work for you! Perhaps you could take a tiny charm and add beads to it…I’m sure you will use your imagination. If needlework is not what you do, Lola, don’t bother with it. You’ll be telling people about it, and that’s the good part! I may hit you up to make pretty beading decoration for me to stitch on the front of a leather bag…would that work? Thanks for asking about the hurricane…it is FAR south of here. Storms from it may head our way next week, but if there are no tornadoes, it will only be rain.

  7. September 1, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I’m in. As soon as I have something I’ll do a blog post about it and send you pictures.

    marilyns last blog post..Manic Monday: Iron

    Looking forward to getting the charms you’ve made! I can’t wait for people to see the pictures.

  8. Lianna
    September 5, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Okay. I can try. I think that I will knit a couple of bags. Or at least try to. Not very fast with knotting, nor crocheting, and don’t have any materials for sewing, but I’ll try my best. So, the bag can be decorative, though?

    Indeed it can, Lianna. Thank you for your willingness! I know the kids will love them.

  9. September 6, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I love this idea! I always wanted to participate in Share a Square, but I can’t crochet. This I think I can do though…I’m going hunting for lucky charms in my house today!

    Karinas last blog post..Tattoo? Who knew?

    Good Woman!!! I wish I had little kids to go around the house helping me find charms. I’ve been trying to see the world through a little kid’s eye…and hope I’m coming up with things they will like! Thank you Karina!

  10. Lianna
    September 6, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    So far I haven’t done much. I’ve got the stitches casted on. Well, let me go and get back to it. Haven’t worked on it much. I’m hoping I can make 3 bags by the time.

  11. Lianna
    September 9, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Yay! Guess what? I just finished a medicine bag.

    Cool! Send it on!

  12. Marcia
    September 19, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Shelly, we can use Barbara’s medicine bag graphic, right?

    Marcias last blog post..Change

    Absolutely! That’s why she made it πŸ˜€

  13. September 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I’m in for some Good Medicine bags and I’m sure I can find charms too.

    I see December up there, but do you have a specific deadline?

    Kathleens last blog post..I’ve been an absentee blogger

    Thanks, tons! I haven’t picked a specific date, but if I can deliver them by Christmas, I can breathe a sigh of relief. I appreciate you.

  14. Stephanie
    September 25, 2008 at 8:50 am

    I’m not sure how I missed this in the beginning, but I’m glad you linked back to it. I’m in. I can make 3 Medecine bags πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to them…thank you!

  15. September 29, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Count me in. I will be looking for the special materials for this special project as soon as I get home!
    Read my post about the project here.

    Christinas last blog post..Lessons Learned

    You are a good woman to help out! thank you πŸ˜€

  16. September 29, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    I love making lucky charms–count me in!

    LuckyGirls last blog post..Destash and Jewelry Supply Sale


  17. annmarie
    September 29, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Very cool idea, Shelly. You can count on me for 3 of each. I’ll probably “crochet” one of the bags since my fingers are twitching & my crochet hook is dancing – just waiting for a new project!

    Well, this is one for you, then! I appreciate you.

  18. September 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Hi ! I found you on “A Cowboys Wife” I would love to make a Lucky To Be You Bag” What a inspiring idea. I have helped with the Ronald Mc Donald House here in Az. I would love to help your cause. I am an artist, I usually will donate a print for auctions, or the hospital itself. Please let me know if you still need a “logo” I also do a little of that. God bless yo for helping these children. Kim Gillespie

    Trainwrecks last blog post..Trainwrecks Tribune

    I would dearly love your help! Thank you, Kim.

  19. October 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    You are such an inspiration to me Shelly! I crocheted a bag today and found some trinkets. Will send pictures soon – and perhaps even make another πŸ™‚

    Heather in Beautiful BCs last blog post..Thirteen Egmont Attractions

    And, the bag you made is beautiful! πŸ˜€ I’ll be telling about it soon. Thank you so much for your help.

  20. October 31, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    You go girl!!! Another great idea full of love and hope. Blogged at my place and my LJ

    Thank you!!

  21. Ann Marie Jones
    November 8, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Well you’re making this Cancer Mom cry again! Tyler(Cancer Fighter) & Ryder(the Awesome little brother) LOVED the afghans that they received at camp this summer. I cant wait to see the Good Medicine bags next year! I know they will be just as cherished by them as the afghans are. To all of you that contribute. Thank YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! Its the little things and thoughts that help get these kids thru. They FEEL the LOVE!
    Ann Marie
    Proud Mom

    Ann Marie, thanks for dropping in to visit. I had no intention of making you cry! I can’t wait to be able to GIVE these medicine bags to the kids. I have some that are pretty darned awesome! I hope they feel the love…we are darned sure sending it! Hugs to you.

  22. December 7, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I have two bags ready to mail. I have 4 little tokens, but I forgot about the note you requested. I won’t have time to do that tonight to be included with the pile going to the Post Office tomorrow, so they won’t get mailed until Saturday.

    Kathleens last blog post..12.7.08 – Hats and such, ready to go!

    That’s fine, Kathleen. I appreciate you more than I can tell you. Hope you have a lovely Christmas holiday! Hugs!

  23. June 4, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Hi Shelly – I wanted to check and see if you still need bags and trinkets. I have more yarn and fabric than I know what to do with, and too much time on my hands. It would do me good to get my hiney off the computer and into the sewing room again.

    • June 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

      Eve-Marie, we are pretty close to the end, but I’d love for you to participate. Any extra bags will be given to kids who are too sick to attend camp, so believe me that nothing will go to waste! I appreciate your good heart!

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