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Projects to sew for charity


Use your sewing powers for good by sewing for one of the many charities who are asking for handmade donations.  From simple bags which even a beginner could sew to full size quilts, there’s something for everyone.  Not only do you get the enjoyment of sewing but also you know that you are helping someone with the items you stitch.

I’ve found details of several charities who are asking for stitchers to help them along with details of how to get involved and where to get more information.

 

Making For Charity

Who does it help?

The bags are given to local hospices, palliative care teams and Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

What do they need?

They need people to sew syringe driver bags and personal effects bags for cancer charities.  On their website they have a list of areas where they already have people making bags that you can get involved with.  If your area isn’t already listed do get in touch with them and they will seek to pair you up with a local hospice or charity.

How do I get involved?

Visit their website http://makingforcharity.co.uk to find instructions for the bags and contact the organiser julie@makingforcharity.com to find a local drop off point for your bags once they have been made. 

Sewing for charity

Bags made for Making For Charity at the Sewing Directory Meet Up 


Preemies UK

Who does it help?

They supply over 100 hospitals around the country with clothing for premature babies.

What do they need?

People who can sew, knit or crochet to make clothing, bibs, memory boxes, blankets and bedding for the babies.

How do I get involved?

Details of how to get involved are on their website along with a contact form in case you have any questions: http://www.preemiesuk.co.uk



Siblings Together

Who does it help?

Their goal is to help build relationships between siblings who have been separated by the care system.

What do they need?

They are looking for people to make quilts that children will be given at the summer camps run by the organisation to help remind them of the time spent with their siblings.

How do I get involved?

Visit their website http://siblingstogether.co.uk/ or visit www.lilysquilts.blogspot.co.uk and search ‘Siblings Together’ as Lynne from Lily’s Quilts co-ordinates the quilters around the country.   There’s also a Flickr group here with more information plus images of the quilts made in the past http://www.flickr.com/groups/siblingstogether/

 

Quilting for charity - Siblings Together

Quilt made for Siblings Together

 

 

Dress a Girl Around The World

Who does it help?

Featured in the magazine a few months ago you may remember reading about this charity who provide dresses from pillowcases for girls in Africa.

What do they need?

Pillow case dresses (there was a tutorial in the August issue of Sewing World) and shorts for boys.

How do I get involved?

There are several sewing events being held around the country and the UK effort is being co-ordinated by Louise Horler from http://sewscrumptious.blogspot.co.uk.  You can find tutorials, photos and details of how to get involved on her blog.

 

Project Linus

Who does it help?
Sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers.

What do they need?

Patchwork quilts plus knitted and crocheted blankets.  They are also seeking donations of fabric, fundraisers and people to help collect and distribute the quilts and blankets.

How do I get involved?

Visit http://projectlinusuk.org.uk for information on how you can help or call the UK president Lyn Antill on 01694 722118.

 

Loving Hands

Who does it help?

Over 36 different charities including the RSPCA, The Salvation Army, SANDS, Operation Orphan and many others.

What do they need?

They want anything from warm clothing for the homeless or children living in cold counties to bags to save tiny puffins who have been blown off course!   They set quarterly challenges to inspire people but they have an ongoing list of items which are always needed.

How do I get involved?

Full details can be found on their site http://www.lovinghands.org.uk or you can contact the organiser Lou Jaap on 01383 830277.   There is also a forum on their site where you can connect with other crafters who are making for this charity and exchange tips and ideas.

 

Making For Charity - making bags for cancer wards

Bag being appliqued for Making For Charity


Bonnie Babies

Who does it help?

Premature babies in the UK

What do they need?

Premature baby clothes, blankets and sadly burial clothes.  They are looking for stitchers, knitters and crochets to contribute.

How do I get involved?

Information of how you can help can be found on their website http://www.bonniebabies.co.uk or you can contact the organiser Debby on bonniedebby@msn.com

 

Tools For Self Reliance

Who does it help?

They are helping to relieve poverty in Africa by providing them with tools that can help them earn a living.

What do they need?

Unlike the other charities they need tools rather than handmade products.  They are looking for electric sewing machines.  A foot control and manual would be preferable but not essential. The machines need to be in good working order and be capable of zig-zag stitching and embroidery.  So if you have an old machine you no longer use you can contact them to find out how to donate it.

How do I get involved?

More information is on their website http://www.tfsr.org or you can ring them on 023 8086 9697 or e-mail info@tfsr.org.


You will also find that many local schools, hospitals and hospices appreciate donations of handmade items that they can sell or raffle at fundraising events.  Ideally it’s best to contact them first as there may be certain items they are looking for or don’t accept.

Some charity shops also welcome handmade items that they can sell in the shop.  I’ve noticed several Oxfam shops around the country hold regular sewing clubs where you sew items for them to sell in store. Try asking your local shop if they hold one.

If you have been making for charity do come and share the pictures of what you’ve been making on the Sewing World Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sewingworldmagazine we’d love to see them.