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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!) :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

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.

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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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      cancerfunds1 3 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 3 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 4 years ago

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

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      maryseena 4 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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