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Sewing for Charity

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If you are a keen sewer or quilter chances are you’ve wondered if you could be using your skills to benefit others. There is a point in everyones sewing or quilting journey when you run out of friends and family who haven’t already received a quilt or other sewn gift form you. This is often when sewers think about sewing for charity.

I know personally that I have found it difficult to find up to date information about which charities are accepting items and how to send them to them. So this guide is my attempt to provide up to date links (this post was published in late spring 2021 and I will come back and note here when it is next updated) to make it easier for you to start sewing for charity.

The majority of my readers come from the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. So below you will find sections for each of these countries with links to charities that we know are currently accepting donations of sewn items.

Use the hyperlinks below to jump to the section you are interested in.

Sewing for Charity UK

Sewing for Charity USA

Sewing for Charity CANADA

If you know of a charity that should be on this list but isn’t please email me the details at [email protected].

Also – if you notice any contacts or info on this list that is out of date do also get in touch!


Sewing for Charity – UK

Siblings Together

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Photo: Siblings Together

Siblings Together is a charity that runs summer camps and activity days to help siblings separated (primarily through the care system) to spend time together in a hoiday setting.

The charity’s group of quilting volunteers provide quilts for the siblings to take home with them to remember their time together.

Click here for more information about donating a quilt.

Sew Powerful

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Photo: Sew Powerful
sew powerful purse
Photo: Sew Powerful

Sew Powerful is a Christian ministry supporting girls in Zambia to stay in school all month long by providing reusable sanitary products and these Sew Powerful purses to carry them in. When girls receive a purse full of supplies they take a pledge to stay in school all month long.

Sew Powerful welcomes seamstresses from around the world to make these purses and provides two patterns on their website.

Go here for all the details.

Project Linus UK

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Photo: Project Linus UK

Project Linus UK aims to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new homemade patchwork quilts and knitted blankets. The items are made by volunteer sewers, quilters and knitters across the UK.

Project Linus UK Website

Quilts are taken in a range of sizes from baby quilts to wheelchair quilts and quilts for teenagers. See their website for all the current details.

Example Quilts:

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Photo: Project LInus UK
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Photo: Project Linus UK

Loving Hands

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Photo: Loving Hands

Loving Hands is a UK based community of knitters and sewers who make items for various charities. New members are always welcome.

Items Required:

  • Premature Baby Clothes
  • Double Bed Size Blankets
  • Clothing for the Homeless
  • Fiddle Mats
  • Muffs
  • Toys
  • Bags to save Puffins
  • Donations of: wool, fabric, stuffing, other sewing supplies.

Details of all the group’s work is on their website: http://www.lovinghands.org.uk/

The organiser to contact about what items are needed currently is Kate Gaunt at [email protected]

Bonnie Babies

Bonnie Babies is a non-profit voluntary organisation that makes and sends tiny premature clothes, blankets and sadly burial outfits to UK special baby care units, also to parents who need support.

Find all the details on the Bonnie Babies website or email the organiser Debby on [email protected].

The Donkey Sanctuary

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Photo: Donkey Sanctuary

The donkey sanctuary’s aims are to relieve the suffering of donkeys and mules around the world.

The charity has an active band of crafty volunteers who sew, crochet and knit soft toys that are sold to raise funds for their work.

Get all the details including patterns and contact information here.

Pyjama Fairies

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Photo: Pyjama Fairies

Pyjama Fairies is the only UK charity to make pyjamas and surgical gowns specially designed for babies and children. Their goal is to create and distribute beautiful pyjamas and surgical gowns that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness.

You can find all the details about how to become a ‘Sewing Fairy’ on the Pyjama Fairies website.

The Pachamama Project

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Photo: The Pachama 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.

The Pachamama team has a mission to combat period poverty in refugee crises and make sure having a period is not yet another challenge for these vulnerable people.

Contact the project at [email protected] or visit the website for more info.

Made4Aid

Made4aid raises money for Doctors without Borders by selling handmade arts and crafts, craft supplies and vintage handmade items. Anyone can donate items for sale. You can find out more about how to donate and where the money goes on their website.

Visit the Made4Aid Etsy Shop to see items for sale and more examples of the types of items accepted for donation.

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Photo: Made4aid
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Photo: Made4aid

Tools for Self Reliance

Tools for Self Reliance help to relieve poverty in Africa by providing tools that can help people earn a living. They need tools rather than handmade products.

Items Required:

  • Haberdashery items – Cotton, thread, brocade, zips – etc
  • Clean fabric in any size (not clothing).
  • Manual Sewing machines with bobbins not shuttles – Singer 66 / 99 / 15 / 201.
  • Electric sewing machines – older versions, non electronic

Visit the Tools for Self Reliance website for more information about the required items.

Call on 02380 869697 or email [email protected] to find out if there is a volunteer collector in your local area.

Making for Charity

Making for charity is a non profit organisation that provides ideas, resources and project advice for people who wish to support different charities through the production of craft items. So in essence Making for Charity can connect you to a range of local projects. Below is a summary of the wanted items currently listed on their website.

Items Required:

  • Syringe Driver Bags
  • Comfort Packs
  • Personal Effect Bags
  • 3D Masks
  • Heat Pillow
  • Headbands for masks
  • Connection Hearts

You can find templates and instructions for how to make these items on the Making for Charity downloads tab (go to the drop down menu rather than the page itself).

IMPORTANT: Before starting with any project please email [email protected] to find out what is needed in your particular area. 

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

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Photo: Battersea Dogs & Cats Homes

Examples of items wanted:

  • ‘Vetbed’ (specialist dog bedding)
  • Cat toys
  • Dog coats (especially waterproof ones)

Visit the Website for more details of what the charity would find useful.

Quilt SOS

The Quilt SOS project’s aim is to co-ordinate the sewing and donation of lots of beautiful quilts so that we can give women and children, in times of need, something beautiful to treasure.  The project coordinates with different charities supporting women and children in need each year.

Note: There are set deadlines, patterns and fabric requirements for this project so check the website first for all the details!

See all the details here.

Cherished Gowns UK

Cherished Gowns UK is a 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. 

All of the items the charity provides are lovingly made by volunteers around the UK, from donated Wedding Dresses.

Visit the website to find out how you can get involved.


Sewing for Charity – United States

Ryan’s Case for Smiles

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Photo: Ryan’s Case for Smiles

Ryan’s Case for Smiles is help kids feel better so they can heal better by providing handmade pillowcase for children with cancer. Pillowcases must be made with all new material, 100% cotton, not laundered in scented detergents.

Find out more on the Case for Smiles website

Operation Christmas Child

samaritans purse shoebox toys
Photo: Samaritans Purse International Relief

Operation Christmas Child under its parent organization Samaritan’s Purse delivers little shoebox gifts to children all over the world. The program is part of their evangelistic outreach and their efforts in providing humanitarian aid in places where it’s needed. While Operation Christmas Child is not a sewing charity per se, there’s plenty of room to add handmade items into your shoeboxes.

Find out more here.

Sew Powerful

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Photo: Sew Powerful
sew powerful purse
Photo: Sew Powerful

Sew Powerful is a Christian ministry supporting girls in Zambia to stay in school all month long by providing reusable sanitary products and these Sew Powerful purses to carry them in. When girls receive a purse full of supplies they take a pledge to stay in school all month long.

Sew Powerful welcomes seamstresses from around the world to make these purses and provides two patterns on their website.

Go here for all the details

Snuggles Project

The Snuggles Project is all about providing comfort for animals in shelters. Their website has a range of patterns to knit, sew, crochet and even ‘no-sew’ a ‘snuggle’ that can be donated to an animal shelter to make those clinical environments friendlier for cats and dogs and help calm them down.

Visit the Website Here.

Quilts of Valor

Quilts of Valor offers healing to veterans through handmade quilts. If you make a quilt for this sewing charity, it must be made of 100% shirting weight cotton and it should be machine or hand-quilted. Quilts of Valor expects that quilts donated to them be of great quality as a way to thank each veteran for his or her service. 

Find out how to Make a Quilt of Valor

Sewing for Lives

Sewing for Lives is not for profit organization aims to provide basic medical supplies in high risk areas while reducing the carbon footprint by using repurposed materials.

Visit this page on their website to find out what the current need is from sewing volunteers for both mask and non-mask sewn donations.

Sharing the Weight

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Photo: Sharing the Weight

Sharing The Weight is a non profit organization that makes and distributes weighted blankets to special needs children free of charge.

Weighted Blankets are helpful for children with autism as well as other conditions and the charity has a long waiting list of recipients.

Find out how to help on their website.

Project Linus USA

Proejct lInus is a non-profit organization with branches around the world. Project Linus provides new handmade blankets to children in need. Blankets & Quilts are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources.

Find your local Chapter on the Project Linus Website

Warm Up America

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Photo: Warm Up America

Warm up America provides knitted and crocheted items to people in need at shelters, nursing homes, hospitals and more. They accept full blankets as well as sections of blankets.

Visit their ‘Current Needs’ page to find out what they most need donated now.

Operation First Response

Operation First Response provide backpacks to wounded military personnel at combat support hospitals in theatre. The backpacks are given to the wounded when they arrive at the hospitals with no personal belongings.

Operation First Response Cot Quilts is always in need of handmade blankets and quilts (sizes may vary). Smaller sizes will be included in the backpacks sent to the wounded. Cot Size = 45×45 or 36×36. Larger sizes will be hand delivered to military medical facilities in the States

Contact [email protected] in the first instance to find out about the current need.

Visit the website here.


Sewing for Charity – Canada

Sewing Seeds Canada

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Photo: Sewing Seeds Canada

Sewing Seeds is a Canadian-based charity empowering others to achieve economic independence through sewing skills training.  Currently the charity is active in coordinating mask making efforts.

Find out how you can help here.

Blankets for Canada

Blankets for Canada is a non-denominational not for profit organization devoted to providing blankets to Canadians who need warmth.

Blankets can be knitted, crocheted or quilted and they primarily go to agencies providing support for Canadians without homes.

Find out how you can get involved here.

Project Linus Canada

Project Linus Canada aims to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of a hug, through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets, quilts and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer “Blanketeers”.

Similar to the branches of Project Linus in the USA and UK there are various types and sizes of blankets & quilts that are accepted.

Visit the website for all the details about how to donate a blanket or quilt.

Our Social Fabric

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Photo: Our Social Fabric

Our social Fabirc is non-profit textile recycling initiative. While they aren’t looking for sewn donations if you are a sewer you might have other unused materials in your sewing room that you could donate.

Items accepted:

  • fabric donations of 1 meter length and more
  • small pieces of quilting cottons (half meter) and leather (min 30 cm squares)
  • sewing related items such as trims, sewing tools, notions, patterns, sewing books and the occasion functioning sewing machine.

Find out how to donate here.

Mito Quilts of Hope – Charity Quilts

Mito Quilts of Hope provides charity quilts to patients of Mitochondrial Disease in Canada and the USA. The charity is looking for quilts in particular colours including green.

Find all the details of the types of quilts required and how to register to provide one here.

Sew Powerful

sew powerful purse
Photo: Sew Powerful
sew powerful purse
Photo: Sew Powerful

Sew Powerful is a Christian ministry supporting girls in Zambia to stay in school all month long by providing reusable sanitary products and these Sew Powerful purses to carry them in. When girls receive a purse full of supplies they take a pledge to stay in school all month long.

Sew Powerful welcomes seamstresses from around the world to make these purses and provides two patterns on their website.

Go here for all the details.


Do you know of another Charity looking for help from Sewers?

If you know of a charity who should be listed here or you think we have some out of date information on this page please get in touch so we can improve it! You can email me directly at [email protected]

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