Sewing for Charity–finding people that need your skills

Jazzy patchwork quilt out of scraps, would make a great charity project.

Of course, you don’t have to confine your charitable sewing endeavors to already underway projects. You can find many organizations in your area who may appreciate gifts of home-sewn items.

Ask around town. Hospitals may need clothing for premature infants or caps for chemo patients. Nursing homes may appreciate cozy lap blankets or handy wheelchair organizers for their occupants. Homeless shelters and shelters for abused women and children may be in need of home-sewn items; homemade, simple stuffed animals or dolls would be great gifts for children in difficult situations and adults like them too. Ask your priest, minister, rabbi, or other leader of worship if they know of anyone needing home-sewn items. Your city government may have a volunteers coordinator and they may direct you to people needing your sewing projects.

You might like to get together with a group of your sewing friends or with an organization you belong to and start a group project to make items for charity. This also makes a great family project. Choose simple items that the whole family can work on. For example, older children could help cut out quilt squares to make a patchwork quilt for the homeless.