We try to have regularly scheduled charity sewing days on Saturdays and aim for once a month when we don’t have a workshop scheduled. Members also sew at home to contribute to our selected causes.
Sewing for children
For 2020, members voted to focus our sewing on three organizations that support children.
- Crossroads – during 2019, we made over 50 quilts for children and youth aged 4-14 who have experienced sexual assault. Prior to a medical exam, children will be able to select a quilt for comfort and take it home. We will continue making quilts for this cause in 2020.
- Carolina Adoption Services – we will to create quilt blocks to welcome adopted children “home” through domestic adoptions and international adoptions. See adoptee quilt photos.
- Alamance Pregnancy Services – members will sew baby quilts for mothers experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
We will continue our ongoing effort supporting Ryan’s Cases for Smiles in 2020 – we cranked out 371 pillowcases in 2019 to distribute to hospitalized children in several hospitals in the Raleigh and Winston Salem areas.
In 2019, we donated quilts to Davis Street Methodist Church for their newly remodeled nursery and toddler rooms. We are very appreciative of the church for providing us a place to meet. We donated quilts and other items to various organizations supporting youth for their fundraisers including:
- rope bowls to Crossroads for participants to take home from their soup bowl fundraiser
- three quilts to Cure AHC for a Miracles for Matthew silent auction
- one quilt to Blessed Sacrament School
- a quilt made from artwork done by children attending the Welcome Home event for CAS to auction at their fall fundraiser.
During 2017 we began making quilts to contribute to NALES for children who have lost a parent in law enforcement. In 2018, we made an all-out commitment to NALES and our members donated 46 quilts in October 2018. Some of these were a result of our 2018 President’s Challenge.
Sewing for adults
- We sewed walker bags for those living at Alamance House.
- During fall of 2017, we worked with the memory care unit of Twin Lakes to sew clothing protectors from fabric and a pattern donated by a resident’s family member. Several guild members also created fidget mats for memory care patients. A dozen clothing protectors and five fidget mats were delivered for use by residents. See photos of Twin Lakes donations.
- Lap quilts made by guild members were donated in December 2017 to Davis Street Methodist Church in appreciation for their allowing us to use their facilities for our meetings and sew days, and two patriotic quilts were donated in 2019 for members who were veterans.
- Group members sewed adult bibs that were donated to Brookdale Clare Bridge Alzheimer/Dementa Care Unit at the end of 2016.
Members of our group save their fabric scraps and use them to stuff pillows for cats awaiting adoption. They are donated on a regular basis to Sparkle Cat Rescue.
Ideas for charity sewing projects
The list below includes already established charities, ideas for projects, and instructions.
- Ideas from Nancy Ziemann of Sewing with Nancy
- Fidget mats for Alzheimer’s patients
- Sew to Give Projects
- Sew to Give-Sewing and Quilting Outreach Opportunities – scroll down below the suggestion form to see a LONG list of project ideas with links to sites and instructions
- Quilt to Give instructions and more about Quilt to Give – involves using a collaborative stash to create a quilt to give away
- Quilt for others – charity sewing bee description with photos and video of presentation of quilts for Joplin, Missouri tornado vicitims
- Fidget Mat tutorial – from Rob Appell with Man Sewing
- Project Linus – blankets for seriously ill children ages 0-18.
- Real Hope for Haiti – pillowcase dresses, diapers, nanny aprons, pillowcase shorts, hats, burial blankets/gowns
- 1,000,000 Pillowcase Challenge – patterns for making pillowcases
- Quilts of Valor – quilts for service members and veterans touched by war
- Quilts for Kids – patchwork quilts offering comfort to children in need