Crafting for Charity

Would you like to take part in a sewing or knitting project for charity? Are you looking to find handmade knitted and stitched products from social enterprise charities? Take a look at all these charities, projects and volunteer opportunities we’ve found that are looking for your support.

Share charity events with other sewing members in the forum. Add links to volunteering projects you’ve discovered at the end of the page and we’ll include them.

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School sewing class – The 9th Grade Academy at Lawrence High School, Massachusetts is trying to raise $1545 to purchase basic sewing supplies for a new sewing class including scissors, irons and machines (through the platform Donorschoose.org). You can find a full list of items needed to get the class started here.

Oxfam – Oxfam can sell bunting you’ve made from fabric scraps in there Oxfam Festival Shop. Take a look at their Q&A sheet here.

Made4Aid – Made4Aid sells your handmade accessories to raise funds for Doctors without Borders.

Little dresses for Africa – make simple dresses from pillow cases or other patterns to go to girls in Africa.

A Gift of Quilts – a website listing organisations looking for the donation of quilts.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – sew bandanas for the dogs waiting for a new home (great use of your fabric scraps!). They will be sprayed with calming scents to help stressed pooches relax. Download the free pattern here.

The Donkey Sanctuary – sew felt donkeys to raise funds for donkey care all over the world. Download the free pattern here.

Loving Hands – bringing charities in need of volunteers for craft projects, together. Volunteer for knitting, crochet and sewing projects all around the world for people and animals.

Make Time for Tea – Raise funds for The Eve Appeal charity by hosting your own tea party. For the first 500 people who register for an information pack, you will receive a free Vogue vintage apron pattern.

Days for Girls – they need sewists to make reusable hygiene kits for women in developing countries. They’re based in the US but there are 8 teams in the UK that collect donations.

Jen’s Friends helps with providing mastectomy pillows free of charge. Sewing bees can help by sewing heart shaped pillows using a pattern provided, and send them to Jen’s Friends for filling and distribution.

Wrap Pyjama Fairies sew specially designed wrap-style pyjamas and gowns for children undergoing surgeries and treatments, since normal pyjamas can pose difficulties. Join the Facebook sewing group for information on sewing garments for the cause.

Social Media:Twitter: @WrapPJFairies Instagram: @WrapPyjamaFairies

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Knit for Peace – Knit for Peace distribute your knitted goods to people in need in the UK and the rest of the world. For a list of the most needed knitted items and free patterns to get you started, take a look here.

Cats Protection League – the Cats Protection League are looking for knitters to make catnip mice for the cats and kittens in their care.

Oxfam – Oxfam can sell your knitted items in charity shops around the country. Find out more and download free patterns to get you started here.

Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild – join a local group to knit clothes for distribution to the homeless, elderly, babies and children in need.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – knit blankets and toys for the cats waiting for a new home. Download the free patterns here.

The Donkey Sanctuary – knit and crochet toy donkeys to raise funds for donkey care all over the world. Download the free patterns here.

Bonnie Babies – sends your knitted clothes and blankets to premature babies in the UK.

The Big Knit (with Innocent Drinks for Age UK) – knit mini woolly hats to raise money for Age UK. Download the pattern and watch a how-to video here.

Loving Hands – brings charities in need of volunteers for craft projects, together. Volunteer for knitting, crochet and sewing projects all around the world for people and animals.

Are you being bullied – knit a Percy the pigeon character to be sent into schools to encourage children being bullied to seek help.

Royal Navy and Royal Marines children’s fund – knit a family of characters to be sent to children when their parent returns from service. Find patterns here.

 

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TRAID is a charity that works to reduce clothes waste through education, campaigning and upcycling your unwanted clothes to sell in charity shops throughout London. They support textile projects all over the world and have volunteering opportunities at their head office and charity shops.

Do-it.org is a database with hundreds of volunteering opportunities – search for craft to find a charity needing help in your area.

 

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Community Clothing is a social enterprise and manufacturing co-operative with a mission to make affordable clothing, create jobs and restore pride in British manufacturing and textile production. Find out more here.

Fine Cell Work social enterprise

Fine Cell Work is a charity that teaches prisoners how to stitch and sew in prisons around the UK. Take a look at the highly skilled cushions, bags, cot quilts and accessories they produce here.

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TRAID is a charity working to reduce clothes waste through education, campaigning and upcycling your unwanted clothes to sell in charity shops throughout London. They support textile projects all over the world.