Do you enjoy sewing? If you are like many sewing fans, you have probably filled your home with your projects and you might even be running out of space! That’s not a bad thing, though. Why not put your skills to use for charity?
There are literally dozens of projects out there that could use a helping hand and a sewing machine! It is the perfect opportunity for you to do what you love while helping others! No matter what you enjoy sewing, there is a project out there for you.
Sewing For Charity
TheBinky Patrol is a US-based charity that provides blankets to children and teens who need them. You can find a local chapter by going to their website.
Quilts for Orphans offers quilters the opportunity to create quilts that will then be shipped around the world to orphanages that need blankets. This is a wonderful way to give back with your quilting skills!
Ugly Quilts for the Homeless is a unique organization that provides scrap quilt sleeping bags to homeless people across the nation. Since many of these street people have difficulty staying warm during the winter, an ugly quilt is just the thing to help them out.
CareWear is an international organization that began by providing layettes, blankets and burial gowns for preemies. It has now expanded to cover all sizes of babies and also provides lap quilts for adults and the elderly, chemo caps and more. You can learn more about how to help on their site.
Cuddles offers comfort to parents who lose a baby through miscarriage or stillbirth. These infants are often so incredibly small that there are no clothes to put on them for burial. This is where you come in, you can sew miniature clothes for these babies so their parents can dress them and mourn them properly.
Artists Helping Children is an excellent website where you can find dozens of patterns for toys and bags. If you make a bag, they will fill it with toys and art supplies for children in hospitals, shelters, and orphanages.
CuzWeCare is a unique operation that provides neck pillows and other special items to patients suffering through radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and dialysis. They need volunteers to make these items.
Somewhere For Donating
There are plenty of other places that you can donate your skills to as well. Your local emergency services would probably be more than happy to receive handmade teddy bears or other stuffed animals that they can give to traumatized children. Call up you local fire station, police station or ambulance (using the non-emergency number) to ask if they are accepting donations.
Homeless shelters are another good place for donating. They will usually accept blankets, quilts and warm clothing. You could also give your sewn socks, gloves or hats directly to the homeless, but will probably reach more by going to a charity.
Check to see if your area has a Santas Workshop. This is a group of volunteers that accepts toy donations year round and then distributes them to needy children at Christmas. They are always open to receiving quality handmade toys, so you should be able to donate as many as you can make!
Your local children’s hospital will most likely accept layettes and hats for babies in the NICU. Not all are preemies, but preemie sized clothing is very difficult to come by, so ask if they are in need of some. You can find plenty of tiny kimono and mitten patterns for free online if you need them.
Even if you have run out of friends and family to sew for, there are thousands of people who would welcome your gifts. There is no shortage of projects that you can do and donating your talents not only helps needy people, it can also feel pretty good for you!