Donate Handmade Items to Charity

by Sam

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Despite writing about crafting for yourself last week, sometimes it’s best to use your talents for those in need.  Oftentimes, a simple act like donating a handmade item to someone in need feels so great, that you will want to do it again and again.  Knowing that, as you are making the item, it will be loved and appreciated by someone who really needs it is a great feeling.

Whether you knit, crochet, or even sew, many charities are accepting donations of all sorts of items like shawls, afghans, baby blankets, hats, scarves, and many more.  Below is a short list of charities who accept donations of handmade items.  If you’d like, do a simple Google search to find local charities in your area to help those in need where you live.

Knots of Love — Donate handmade hats to patients going through Chemo or dealing with other serious illnesses.

KasCare — Knit or crochet squares which will be assembled into large blankets for orphans in South Africa.

Made with Love — Knit or crochet prayer shawls for community members. Check with your local church for donation options in your community.

Newborns in Need — Donate knit, crocheted, or sewn items to newborns born into poverty.  Accepting donations or any baby items including blankets, hats, clothing, booties, etc.

Project Linus — Accepting donations of handmade blankets for children who are victims of trauma or serious illness.

Blankets for Deployed Daddies — Providing blankets to deployed fathers of newborns to help the babies feel closer to their daddies.

Scarves for Special Olympics — Using this year’s event colors, knit or crochet scarves for each participant in the Special Olympics.

Hat Box Foundation — Make handmade crocheted or knit hats for cancer patients in need.

Binky Patrol — Sew, knit, or crochet blankets for children in need from ages 0 – 18.

Forever Warm — Donate items to comfort grieving parents after the loss of a baby.

Warm Up America — Knit or crochet a variety of items for those in need around the country.

Before beginning your projects to donate, be sure to choose a charity and read their donation guidelines carefully.  Some charities require certain sizes of items or for you to use specific yarns or other materials.

Have you ever donated a handmade item to charity?  Please feel free to share the name of your local charity in the comments.

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1 Connie February 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I love these ideas. My mother-in-law and a group of ladies from her church contributed to the Knots of Love. She saw the sign at the cancer center where she went to get her chemo. Sorry I don’t have the specifics but you can always contact them to see what is needed. I don’t know how to knit and my crocheting skills are fairly basic. I was wondering if that adorable crocheted heart is just a photo you used or if it is something you made that a beginner like me could make ? I would LOVE to know how to make that. If it’s not too much trouble, could you could email me more about it. (i.e; if you made it, is there a pattern or where did you get it from or if you could even explain it to me?) I think it would be fun to make a bunch of these and they could be donated also and maybe they could be used as an applique on any of these items you talked about.

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2 Sam February 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Hi Connie,

What a great idea, to make these hearts to give away! The image on the post is just a stock image I found. I haven’t made a crocheted heart before. I’ve found a few resources to help you to figure out how to make the crocheted heart.

A tutorial from Julia Crossland – http://juliacrossland.blogspot.com/2010/03/teeny-tiny-heart-bunting.html
A tutorial from Attic 24 – http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/teeny-tiny-hearts.html
A video tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets – http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-crochet-heart.html

I’m definitely going to try it too. :) I consider myself a beginner as well, and these patterns don’t make it look very hard at all.

Let me know if these tutorials work for you… I’d love a photo of your completed hearts. :)

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3 Connie March 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Thanks for the links. I’ve bookmarked each of them and even found another site through littlebirdiescrets blog (skip to my lou) who has wonderful directions and inspiration as well. Very excited to give it a try. Now to clear out some time!!! I will see how they turn out before I start snapping photos but when I do, I will send them your way:-) Thanks again, Connie

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5 クラッチバッグ 正規品 November 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

This is a topic which is close to my heart…
Cheers! Where are your contact details though?

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6 Elisabeth@Treasuring the Moments.net February 27, 2014 at 6:31 am

I came across your website while looking for information on where to donate handmade items.

I operate a girls club and one of the challenges we will be having next month is to make and donate to some of these causes. Your list was a great help to me. Thank you.

Elisabeth

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