Sewing has become something of a lost art in many places of the world. Going to the department store and browsing through all the displays is fun, and purchasing items online is just too easy. That said, a nice hand-crafted project can have a lot of heart. In this story, one little boy learned to sew in order to help needy children in his area.
Campbell Remess has made around 800 stuffed toys for children in local hospitals over the past three years, and he is completely self-taught, starting from when he was nine years old.
Campbell originally wanted to give children store-bought gifts for the Christmas season, but he found out that making toys was more cost-effective than purchasing toys.
Campbell’s mother, Sonya Whittaker, originally assumed that he was simply going to make paintings or drawings to give out to the children, but was surprised when he approached her with a sewing tutorial he found online. However, it was Campbell himself who managed to finally figure it out.
According to Oddity Central, “I was blown away by the first bear,” his mother said in a statement with Today. “Overly impressed and totally in awe but not surprised at his persistence to teach himself.”
Over the years, Campbell’s skills have certainly improved. He’s gone from five hours for each toy to only one. Eventually, Campbell decided to challenge himself to sew at least one toy a day, which he dubbed Project365.
“If Campbell could be on that sewing machine 24/7, he would. It’s ‘Campbell, go and play your Xbox.’ ‘Campbell come and watch a movie,’” Whittaker added.
The toys are given to children all around the world, but Campbell also loves to visit children at the Royal Hobart Hospital in his home city of Hobart, Tasmania.
“Campbell is just wired really differently. He looks at sadness and tries to turn it upside down,” his mother says. “He’s not a quitter — I only see bigger and brighter things for him.”