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Make a Two-Pocket Safety Goggle Pouch


| 6/3/2020 9:40:00 AM


Across the field, I can hear the churning of a tractor as a monk cuts silage to store for the cows’ winter feed. Off in the distance among the trees, I hear the hum of a chainsaw bucking logs as a couple of brothers gather wood to store for the toasty winter fires in the monks recreation room.

Beyond the lake, I hear the tapping of a hammer as a monk fashions a field gate into repair to protect the half-acre vegetable garden from the bear, deer, and the 30 cows the monks raise for beef. Just past the 50-year-old azaleas and roses, a smell of burning iron is wafting along the pathway as the final grinding and welding is done on a new iron gate.

Today is a beautiful day in May and the monks are busy working here and there on the lovely Abbey grounds.

A Solution to Protect Safety Goggles

When the monks at the Abbey need to cut wood, trim and mow grass, mend fences, and weld gates, they wear safety goggles to protect their eyes and ear plugs to protect their ears. Not too long ago, a brother asked for a pouch of sorts in which to store his safety goggles and ear plugs to protect them from scratches and getting lost.

After designing a pouch and presenting it to him, he showed the other brothers. I soon had orders for five more pouches, some of rip-stop nylon and some of cotton weave.



Sewing has been a part of my life since I made my first dress in a scout troop in fourth grade. I enjoy sewing and consider it a hobby I can do anywhere, being able to hand sew and machine sew. I mend my husband’s and my clothes and the monks’ cassocks as well.



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