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Projects to Sew for Charities

Updated on January 19, 2017

Sewing for Charities - Projects to Sew

Besides requesting donations of time and money, many charities have projects to sew that require the willing hands of volunteers. The contributions of these individuals can free up other desperately needed funds which allows monetary donations to go further, thus reaching more persons in need.

Finding projects to sew for charities isn't difficult, but finding enough people to complete the projects often is the biggest challenge. This page features ongoing sewing projects for charities that may need your help. Regardless of the sewing skills you currently possess, I can attest the more sewing projects you complete, the better your sewing skills will become. (And it's wonderful for your karma too!) :)

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Projects to Sew - Charity Gift Bags
Projects to Sew - Charity Gift Bags

Projects to Sew - Charity Gift Bags

Bernina supplies the free pattern and directions to sew these charity gift bags. Fill these completed sewing projects with essentials like toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, bath soap, etc. to gift to charites catering to those in need.

You can find deals on bulk toiletries for the homeless online.

(Photo credit of Bernina FACE CASE via

Projects to Sew - Masectomy Pillow
Projects to Sew - Masectomy Pillow

Projects to Sew - Mastectomy Pillows

After surgery, patients who have undergone a mastectomy will appreciate this mastectomy pillow. This heart-shaped mastectomy pillow is designed to tuck under the arm to prevent rubbing.

Washable soft cotton or fleece is a good choice of fabric for this mastectomy pillow; it should be lightly stuffed with polyfil. (It's been suggested to stuff the pillow not more than 2 1/2 inches thick).

Enlarge this mastectomy pillow PDF pattern so each square = 1 inch (approx 150% on my computer screen). Add 5/8 inches all around for seam allowance.

(Pattern courtesy Knit

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

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Giving to Charities
Giving to Charities

Toys for Tots donations.....

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"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave" - Calvin Coolidge

Projects to Sew - Homeless Coat
Projects to Sew - Homeless Coat

Projects to Sew - Homeless Coat

This cleverly designed coat for homeless persons was featured on the website It fits most sizes and has inside back pockets to hold valuables and newspaper insulation. It is also constructed with a bottom back flap that flips over in front to create a sort of bag to keep feet warm.

Read more about this homeless coat sewing project and get the free PDF pattern and instructions here.

(Photo via Carol

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do." - Helen Keller

Projects to Sew - Pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer - "A Case For Smiles"

Projects to Sew - ConKerr Cancer PIllowcases
Projects to Sew - ConKerr Cancer PIllowcases

Projects to sew like these pillowcases are simple enough for those with all levels of sewing experience. Pattern and instructions are provided here at ConKerr Cancer. This small gesture on your part can make a big difference to a young child or teen battling cancer.

(Photo credit ConKerr Cancer)

You'll Also Need Basic Sewing Supplies

Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears
Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears

A great pair of sewing shears is priceless in any sewing project.


Projects to Sew - Dress A Girl Around The World - "Thank you for making the only dress that I may ever own."

Find out how you can get involved here. There are projects to sew like the very simple pillowcase dress. These dresses are sewn for girls living all over the world (including the United States.)

Will you be sewing projects for charity this year?

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      Christina 3 months ago

      Thanks for all the links! Just finished radiation for breast cancer and am ready to see pillows, etc. I didn't have a pillow with my lumpectomy, and wish I would've had the energy to sew one as it would've helped with the pain. All I can think of is how lucky I am to have a great team, and how much everyone cared. I would love to help. I've sewed hundreds of stockings for soldiers, bags for homeless shelters and hospice and catnip mice and tug toys for animal shelters,

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      cancerfunds1 4 years ago

      How to Support a Friend Diagnosed With Breast Cancer. Be an open ear. Keep offering help. Join the national fight. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a variety of ways to contribute, such as starting a fundraiser funding mammograms for women in need.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Yes I plan to. I have so many sewing materials that I need to use up. I donate things that I make to people having fund raisers for one cause or another. They can sell , raffle or auction the items to help raise money.

      I also make little shower bags out of fabric and stuff them with hotel sized soaps and shampoos that I save from traveling then send them to soldiers.

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      I've done a few projects for charities myself, and I must say, sewing is always a good way to raise money

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      Anahid LM 5 years ago

      Hi Thank you for visiting my lens, great work clever ideas. All the best Anna

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      maryseena 5 years ago

      I would love to! But I do not know how to reach those in dire need, other than people I know locally.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Lovely ;)


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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      I really admire those who can sew, but it has never been my strong suit. At our charity, though, we offer a class to teach the mother's to sew. It is very popular and run by wonderful volunteers.

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      I am not a person who is good at sewing, but I really like your ideas and appreciate you sharing them. Right now, I volunteer my time with helping to keep Mexican kids in school.

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      lewisgirl 5 years ago

      Our quilt guild sews Comforters for Kids. Last year our guild made and delivered more than 200 quilts.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Nicely done. Blessings!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      There are so very many ways that people can help and each person can do a little in some way or another. One of my favorite charities is the SPCA.

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      RadaFrancis LM 5 years ago

      We are currently making some hats :)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Anything you can do for charity is a good thing.

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      madnessmerritt 5 years ago

      I think I will add to what I do and start sewing for charity. Keep up the good work your doing, together with all of us we make a difference.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Not sure if I will be able to sew this year but excellent charities and ideas you have featured here. *blessed

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great Sewing Projects for Charity. I don't sew but I do a lot of volunteering and helping with fundraisers.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      I was thrilled to see how many comments there are from people who doing something for a charity - in so many ways! Every charity is in continuous need of help and volunteer time. Your ideas are a wonderful inspiration.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is such a great way to give back. Thanks for writing this great lens to inspire and motivate others to sew for charity! I'm Pinning this lens!

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I am not as talented as many, but I enjoy giving.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      I hope so! I love the pillowcase idea. Anyone could make those or small gift bags to donate at a local food bank or shelter. ***Blessed by a SquidAngel***

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Probably won't sew unfortunately but I'm avid at fundraising events locally to me so hopefully you'll feel my positive interest in how I'm proud of what you are doing. Awareness on giving and providing service to others is a constant need and gives another meaning to life. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      three-em 5 years ago

      very nice project,, hobby for charity.. inspring and motivating me as well..

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      I'm like Tipi, I donate art for auctions to help out various charities, Great lens, Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My Mom used to sew every year for the church sales, and everything she made sold. I'm not much of a sewer, but I do create art for charities.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Great lens Pam!

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      flipflopseason 5 years ago

      These are wonderful ideas. I enjoying loom knitting so made some infant caps for the local hospital nursery, but I am not much of a seamstress. Excellent page.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I wish I sewed but, alas, I sucked at it in school. I'm not very crafty that way at all. I just send cash...someone's gotta do it....

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Pam, you have excellent causes and ideas in this lens. I believe you are a wonder-woman! Thanks for sharing these with everyone...maybe someone out there is looking for a cause to support. You've given them lots to consider.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is a great lens, Pam, to let us know what we can do to help people who need it. I'll think about sewing pillowcases (about my speed!). Those homeless coats sound like a little house they can wear. Great idea.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My sewing skills would be impressive on a 9 year old, but are kind of embarrassing for an adult. Maybe I should just donate my stash of batting and fabric to some quilting group that is making the quilts for charity.

      Excellent topic and very nicely presented. Blessed by a squid angel.