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Craft and Donate to a Good Cause
Crafting is so much fun but sometimes we don't need all of the items we make. If you can whip out a hat or scarf in record time or are as slow as molasses but love making crafts, that's okay. There are charity programs that need handmade crafted goods.
This list of charities is by no means complete. I am listing some charity programs that accept crafted goods by crafting category. If you know of others, please let me know in the comments section at the end of this article. I'll be happy to add a link here so more people can learn about the organization and what they need.
If you dream big and want to help in a big way, read through some of these charities and see if one of these charities is right for you. You may find just the right fit. Or you may want to tackle an even bigger project and craft in a way that is new and helps even more people. Please let us know!
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Too Busy to Craft But Still Want to Help?
If you love the idea of crafting and donating finished items to a good cause but you're just too busy, that's okay. You're still a good person. There are several ways you can help out:
- Donate craft supplies you have but won't be using to a day care center, schools, or a retirement center for their craft projects.
- Donate craft supplies or gift cards usable at craft supply stores to an organization that makes items for charity. This is a great way to help out a cause you feel strongly about.
- Find a charity program listed below and organize a group of crafters to make items that are needed. If you don't craft or don't have time, just organizing this effort then collecting and mailing the completed items will go a long way toward helping those in need. Groups to consider might be a church group, co-workers, neighbors, or friends and family who are struggling.
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Sewing Crafts to Donate - Sewing, Quilting
If you love to sew, consider donating some of your goods to charity.
- ASG - giving back to the community
American Sewing Guild members share an interest in sewing and participate in community service sewing projects. The 2012 project is called The Blanket Project.
- Binky Patrol Comforting Covers for Kids: How to Make a Binky and What to do When You Are Done.
All-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to making blankets and giving them away to children who are ill, abused, in shelters, hospitals and experiencing any type of trauma. Blankets can be sewn, quilted, crocheted, knitted or tied.
- Quilts of Valor -- Quliting to Comfort and Honor Our Wounded
QOVF -- he mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover ALL combat servicemembers and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. This foundation is not about politics. It's about people.
- Sew Much Comfort
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer seamstress for Sew Much Comfort. Our garments have been designed with input from the wounded and the medical staff treating them. As we start our 5th year, we now have our instructions set and have
- ADOPT ME Dog Vest Pattern PDF Pattern Easy to Make by HIPam
I created this pattern after a phone call from the Hawaiian Humane Society asking me if I could possibly make some ADOPT ME vests for their use. This is the result. :) $1 from the sale of each ADOPT ME vest PATTERN will be donated to the Hawaiian Hum
Brother Sewing Machine - for Sewing Crafts for Charity
Fabric for Quilting and Sewing
Charity Programs for Yarn Crafters - Knitting, Crocheting
If you love knitting and crocheting but have run out of friends to give all the hats and scarves to that you make, fear not. Here are some great charities who can distribute your lovingly made items to those who truly need them.
Many of these charities provide a free pattern on their Web sites to get you started. It's a good idea to check out this information since you want to provide hand-crafted items that are truly needed.
- Hats 4 the Homeless
Winter is very hard on the homeless that roam the streets by day and desperately try to keep warm by night. Their plight is especially tough during the Holiday season when they are so alone with no family, no Thanksgiving feast, no warm Christmas che
- afghans for Afghans
afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that is sending hand-knit and crocheted blankets, hats, mittens, socks, sweaters, and vests to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.
- The Preemie Project: Booties, Bonnets & Blankets for Premature Babies
The Preemie Project--Booties, Bonnets & Blankets for Premature Babies. The Preemie Project is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that comforts premature and critically ill infants and their families at The University of Iowa Children'
- The National WWII Museum | New Orleans: Learn: Knit Your Bit
Find out how you can help keep veterans across the country warm by participating in The National WWII Museum's Knit Your Bit Campaign which was launched in 2006. Download some of our previous patterns and learn how knitting served as one more way Ame
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Charity Programs -- Knitting, Crocheting, Sewing - Donate Your Handiwork
- Touching Little Loves -- How You Can Help
Touching Little Lives -- We are always in deparate need of Newborn size hats with good stretch around. Please consider making some to keep little heads warm. You can find an excellent pattern here. Quilts and Quilt tops - preferably 36 X 45 inches F
Make Adopt Me Vests for Dogs
Dogs need a good home and this vest might do the trick!
Fellow Squidoo writer Veryire has developed a pattern for Adopt Me Vests for Dogs. Check out her lens to read all about how you can purchase a PDF pattern and begin helping shelter dogs in your area.
The vest is worn by dogs at adoption or awareness events or when volunteers take shelter dogs for walks. There are pouches for donations too. So cool!
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Help Animals in Some Many Ways - Make Cage Mats, Cat Hammocks, Adopt a Vest,
- ADOPT Me Vests for Dogs - Dog Vest Pattern
The Hawaiian Humane Society contacted me to ask whether I could make some ADOPT ME vests for their dogs ready for adoption. I do sew and donate dog bandanas and cage mats for the cats but sewing these dog ADOPT ME vests was a first for me.
- Pet Food Bank - Help for Animals
A pet food bank is a valuable resource for all animal lovers as many consider their pets to be family members. Unfortunately, the sad reality today is an economy where many people are forced to choose whether they or their pets will eat.
- Cage Mat Tutorial
A cage mat is a lovely thing. Its' warmth and comfort can make a homeless rescue feel less frightened and anxious while waiting for their furr- ever home. The local Hawaiian Humane Society uses volunteers to sew together donated fabric remnants to ma
- Hammocks for Cats - Cat Hammocks
Cat hammocks are a wonderful accessory you can either buy or make to enhance a cats life. As you can see from this picture, cats truly enjoy hanging out on a hammock. The cat hammock shown was sewn by me and it's a very easy diy project.
More Charity Programs - Craft and help those who need it
- Enchanted Makeovers
In August 2009, Terry's Enchanted Cottage, established back in 2005, ultimately became Enchanted Makeovers, a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization. Today, my calling is to transform shelters into beautiful sanctuaries, uplift the human spirit and empowe
- Donate Collectibles to Charity - Collectable Donations - Antique Furniture
Donate sports memorabilia, comic books, antique furniture, music instruments, celebrity memorabilia and classic car donation to charity. FAIR MARKET TAX DEDUCTION
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