If you know Day Dreams Sewing and the owner, me, then you are quite familiar with my view on giving to others. Giving to others never goes out of style and it never gets "old" to me. Looking at communities, groups, organizations, etc. that need help is a good way to spend a few minutes break time. Please read on about a few of the groups who need seamstresses and crafters of all types to help prepare their items for giving hope and help to people in need.
Don't just Give. GIVE!
Who Are They?
Who are the groups that are looking for creative helpers? Where do I find them? How do I reach them? These may be a few of the questions asked when the decision has been made to give back - or create for free.
Where to look? Search online for interest groups using key words that you associate with (i.e., crochet for charity, sew for charity, etc.) You don't need to be involved in a local group - creative giving of any form can be as individual as you!
Places to Create For
Start Your Own
It's a good feeling of satisfaction, or encouragement when there is a big smile on the face of someone you just helped. In my work, there are situations that I won't charge the customer, or give a substantial discount just because it's the right thing to do. There are a few organizations in the area that I give my services to when I can. Fixing a zipper, mending or patching clothes for them is not a huge effort on my part, but it's surely appreciated by the recipients!
Do a quick search online for sewing for charity. I bet you will find plenty of sites to choose from! You can always check in with your local hospital or clinics, Lions Club, Rotary Club and others and ask if there are items that are needed for their donations that you can sew, crochet, knit or lend other talents. Make sure you are not duplicating another group's efforts. It makes more sense to give in other projects or join the same one, rather than trying to compete.
My favorite idea is a fashion show fundraiser. Think of all the wonderful outfits that can be sewn and auctioned off for a charity of your choice! Or, rather than sew from scratch, what about a fashion show revolving around repurposed garments? Let the imagination flow!
I think you get the point by now. Giving back is always in fashion and it can be focused around fashion. With that, I will close and wish you success and inspiration, today and always in all you do!
If you sew, knit or crochet, it's likely you have scraps, or bags and boxes of scrap yarn. It's hard to throw it out, knowing it's wasteful and will only add guilt to our environmental concerns.
What do you do with your scraps? If you haven't found a few ideas, I'll share some of my favorites with you. Let's start with this wonderful idea that uses all sorts of scraps! Twiddlemuffs! This fun craft was designed for persons with dementia - it provides something for their hands while they twiddle their fingers.
Take a closer look at the picture. It's knit but this can be sewn or crocheted as well. Use your skillls, imagination and make a few Twiddlemuffs for your local hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and the like. I'm betting at least 3 could be made in a weekend and for those less experienced in needle work, it's an awesome way to improve your skills.
The Snuggles Project accepts donations of "Snuggle Bunting". These are small buntings that wrap around and snuggle a frightened animal in shelters. Again, these can be made up in short time and with your yarn scraps.
Of course, you can always make buntings and small blankets for your local animal shelter.
Project Linus works to provide blankets to all chidren in need. Their website has information on what and how to donate, along with more information about their mission and upcoming events.
February 20, 2016 is MAKE A BLANKET DAY - Check it out!
There are hundreds, thousands of ways you can donate handmade items to a favorite or national cause. Call, write, email them, or, browse the internet to find out what their needs are. What ever you decide on, know that I'm with you in spirit, wishing you success and inspiration in all you do, today, and always!