Friday, April 8, 2011

Handmade with Purpose

What an awesome idea.
Happening this April.
Hop on over and see what goodies you can get & how many organizations you can support!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Margaret's Hope Chest is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  They are celebrating four years of giving almost 1000 quilts and comfort to those in need.

Can you donate a quilt?  I love their Wrapped in Hope program - delivering quilts to children whose parents are in prison.

Check out the blog for more details and some beautiful quilt pictures!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Here's your weather lesson for the day... it gets cold in Japan at night!

Sew up some mittens and send them on their way!  Christie at Oceans of Notions has all the info you'll need.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More Japan links

Mother Huddle's list of fundraisers

Quilts for raffle and auction.  Gorgeous!

Quilters Newsletter - send in your quilts (of any size) by April 30th and they'll be sent straight to Japan.

Craft Gossip is running an auction - their editors have a lot of great items they're giving away!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dresses and Shorts for Haiti

Are you an Illinois native?  Come join an afternoon of sewing Pillowcase-to-Dress dresses and T-Shirt-to-Shorts shorts for the children in Haiti on Wednesday, April 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Community UMC in Naperville.
Everyone is welcome – no experience in sewing is necessary to serve on this project. You can trace patterns, iron, measure, and cut.  You will need to bring two pillowcases to sew. Additional tools needed include sewing machines, ironing boards and irons, ½” double-fold bias tape (any color), 3/8” and 1” elastic, thread (any color), and trim for the dresses.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Judy Allen by April 11, and indicate which items you will bring.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quilt & Kit Ministry

Lutheran World Relief has a Quilt & Kit Ministry that has reached so many worldwide!  They are still assessing how to best help the people of Japan through this ministry.  I say get started on your quilt now and send it off - even if it doesn't go to Japan, there is someone somewhere hoping they can stay warm tonight.

For information about their Mission Quilts, click here.

Look at the blue bar on the right to read about other kits you can put together.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dress A Girl

My searching has led me to another dresses for girls organization - it's called Dress a Girl Around the World.  They work with Hope For Women and have delivered over 19,000 dresses.


They have links to various patterns, and other information including a list of state reps - maybe there's one near you!

Tender Loving Care Ministries

I found information about this organization while doing a search for something else - and am once again blown away by one person's dedication.

Carole started Tender Loving Care Ministries in 1987 and it has continued to grow since then!  She is doing great works for the children of Appalachia.  She collects clothing and personal care items for children.

If you're interested, please contact TLC at  The Easter deadline is March 25th - so get busy!

Monday, March 21, 2011

dresses or britches

Little Dresses for Africa started by sending pillowcase dresses to Malawi - and they have now donated 130,000 dresses across the globe!!!  Amazing!

Whether you would like to make Little Dresses or Britches for Boys - this is an amazing and inspiring organization!  Like they say "We're not just sending dresses, we're sending HOPE!"

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Japan fundraisers/ giveaways

Here's a couple more places where you can donate to Japan relief and be entered in a giveaway.

Ric Rac - toy of your choice

Loft Creations - a beautiful quilt

Don't forget about A Bit of This and A Bit of That's master list of bloggers she's coordinated.

Blue Cricket Design has also compiled a list of Etsy shops and other businesses selling items for Japan.

Chloe & Mieko shirt

How cute is this shirt?

And what a great sentiment... read at UCreate about Chelsea's great idea about how you can make a shirt for a child in Japan.
What a great idea, Chelsea!  For more info, check in at her blog, Pink Fig.

{no deadline noted}

Friday, March 18, 2011

just one star

Moda is teaming with Quilts of Valor to try and get "just one star" from YOU to make quilts for soldiers.

Rachel at p.s. i quilt is trying to "jump start" the program - can you get one in the mail by Monday?  Better get busy!

If you would like to do more than just one star, check out the organization.  They have donated over 39,000 quilts!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

With Love to Japan

One more gorgeous quilt that is raising money for Japan!
If you donate to the Red Cross & comment on her blog you will be entered in the giveaway.

Her quilt is called "With Love to Japan" - an amazing gift from her heart!

Oh Fransson! Fundraiser

I'm going to try and stick mostly to talking about organizations where YOU can make your items & donate them.  But this quilt is just too lovely to pass up!
If you donate to the Red Cross & comment on her blog you will be entered in the giveaway.

Her quilt is called the "Tokyo Subway Map" - isn't it gorgeous?

Missouri Quilt Co. quilts for Japan

Sarah at Missouri Quilt Co. is donating 5 quilts to the LDS Humanitarian Organization.

They are currently accepting Twin & Full size quilts to be sent to Japan.

Softies for Christchurch

Do you love making toys?  Knitted, crocheted, or stuffed - the babies and children of Christchurch are waiting for your specially made softie!

{edited to add} Contact Leonie for more info.  Deadline - end of April.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I have been scouring the blogs and internet looking to see what's being organized for Japanese quake victims.  At this point, money seems to be the first thing to donate - obviously other needs will become more apparent as time goes on!
Everyone has their favorite place to donate money in times of emergencies - mine happens to be UMCOR.  It's run through the United Methodist church and 100% of your donation goes to the people in need.  All administrative costs are covered by general UMC donations.

But since this is for the crafty among us - I did find one person who has put together an auction.  Check out the details at A bit of this and a bit of that if you would like to donate or buy something.
{her master list}

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dolly Donations

This is a pretty well-known organization - but I just want to share here how amazing it is!
Dolly Donations has numerous ongoing doll drives to choose from - send dolls to Australia, New Zealand, or Haiti.
She also has free patterns, tutorials and tips for making them - now there's no excuse not to send one on its way!

Contact Sarah at DollyDonations (at) gmail (dot) com

Monday, March 14, 2011

veterans housing in northern Michigan

My aunt posted about this on Facebook.  She is working with other local quilters to put quilts on each bed by the time it opens.

Check out the news clip about the Homeless Veteran's Transitional Housing Community in Gaylord, Michigan.

Email me or contact Leah Bagdon McCallum at 231.995.7719 if you're interested in helping!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

mountain baby blankets

Those of you who know me or read my other blog know I have a big love for the people of Appalachia.  When Rachel saw the Diane Sawyer special a few years ago, she was moved to mission.  I jumped right in and made a few blankets and sent them off.  I think it's time for me to jump back in!

Her recent update said there have been 1000 blankets donated in just two years.  AMAZING!  Are you able to ship off a blanket or two?  {the low tonight in eastern Kentucky will be 37... so many cold toes have made it through this cold winter - let's warm them!}

Contact rachelkrutsch (at) yahoo dot com for shipping information.

Check out some of the blankets in the Flickr group for inspiration.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I believe in a lot of things - but this phrase pretty much sums it up:
One of the most important things to me is finding a way to give back - locally AND globally.

My goal for this blog is to feature places that you can donate handsewn items.  Since my primary interest is sewing, that's the area I'll start with.  I may move on to knitting, crocheting, and other crafts, but for now sewing will be my focus.  Some of the groups I feature may be ones I have donated to or have knowledge of, others may be groups I have just read about or groups that interest me.

My hope is that you will find a place that interests you and moves you to give.  Maybe you know of someplace you'd like featured?  Email me - sewgive {at} gmail dot com.  I'll add it to my {ever expanding!} list.

Please speak up in the comments if you've donated to a place I feature.  We'd love to hear about your experience.  If you leave a link to your blog, we can all check out your donated item.  Let's all find a way to LIVE what we BELIEVE and GIVE what we LOVE!!!