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Sewing for Charity

Sewing for Charity

Use your sewing powers for good by sewing for one of the many charities who need stitchers to help their causes.  From making 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.

Note – If you are looking for places you can donate fabric rather than your sewing skills read this feature. 

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

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.   

Sewing for Charity
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 Sew Scrumptious. 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 contact them on contactus@projectlinusuk.org.uk 

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 Kate Gaunt on info@lovinghands.org.uk

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.

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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

 

The Donkey Sanctuary

Who does it help?

Your sewing could help boost donkey welfare standards all around the world. 

What do they need?

Make beautiful felt donkeys to help The Donkey Sanctuary and fill them with lavender for a fresh summer scent, or cloves or cinnamon for a Christmas fragrance. 

How do I get involved?

Here is where you can request the pattern you need for sewing the donkeys ad once you’ve made them, simply post them to the charity. 

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.

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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.

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Pyjama Fairies

Pyjama Fairies

Who does it help?

Pyjama Fairies is the only UK charity to make wrap pyjamas and surgical gowns specially designed for children having surgery or any associated medical test.

What do they need?

You can get involved by making pyjamas – you will need to provide your own fabrics and notions and sew to set deadlines. Although fabric is provided whenever charity funds allow.

How do I get involved?

Before you can sew your first order you will need to make some sample garments to gain your ‘Wings’ and become a fully fledged Fairy.  Find out how to get your Wings.

Find out more about the charity here

Snuggles Project

Who does it help?

Animal lovers will want to help this charity which provides Snuggle blankets for distressed animals.  After being given a Snuggle, a frightened and/or difficult to handle animal is able to become calm.

How do I get involved?

You can get involved by making Snuggle blankets by donating your time and your leftover scraps of fabric to make Snuggles for your local humane societies and animal shelters. Quilt or sew cloth blankets in the following guideline sizes:

14″ x 14″ for cats and small animals

24″ x 24″ for cats and small to medium dogs

36″ x 36″ for medium to large dogs

Find out more here

Cherished Gowns UK
Cherished Gowns UK

Cherished Gowns UK

Who does it help?

Cherished Gowns UK is a registered charity that provides the families of babies that are stillborn, miscarried or pass away shortly after birth with items of clothing that they are able to be dressed in for their funeral.

How do I get involved?

Working with donated wedding dresses, volunteers sew these precious garments for bereaved parents. The charity asks that all people enquiring about helping them :

a) have some sewing experience and are able to follow a pattern;
b) own a sewing machine;
c) are able to cover the cost of postage to send finished items to their office;
d) send the charity a gown made from your own fabric before they send you a wedding dress to work with.

The Pachamama Project

The Pachamama Project is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation making and distributing reusable sanitary pads to refugees around the world and growing a network of volunteers around the UK to make them.

To join the campaign please contact them to find out more:

Email thepachamamaproject@outlook.com

Bridges for Communities

Who does it help?

Bridges for Communities is a sewing group for refugee and asylum seeking women in Bristol that run two completely free 9 week sewing courses on Saturdays, for complete beginners and then onto level 2. The aim is that by the time they finish both courses they are able to confidently read a pattern, execute all the basic techniques and seek help from free online resources like YouTube or each other.

It’s about creating a safe space where women can come free of the everyday worries, create textile based art and clothes, gain confidence and make friendships.

How do I get involved?

If you love to sew and you have some (not all) free Saturdays, they need more volunteers to join to continue making this happen.

You don’t need to be an expert seamstress or teacher to volunteer, as long as you can read a basic pattern, sew a zip or a button hole and love to sew and share

Email or call for more details – Angie Mack – 07833 367 006

angie.mack@bridgesforcommunities.com

Quilts for care leavers

Quilts for Care Leavers

Who does it help?

Quilts for Care Leavers gift handmade quilts to young people aged 18-25 leaving the state care system in the UK.

What do they need?

They need quilt blocks, quilt tops and fully quilted items made as an OBLONG for a wrap – NOT as a square : it needs to provide a hug. The ideal is 44″ x 70″.

How do I get involved?

There is a Facebook group that you need to request to join – it has all the information needed to get involved here https://www.facebook.com/groups/QuiltsforCareLeaversMakers/

 

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