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
In 2019, members voted to support three organizations that support children.
- Crossroads – we will be making 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 to take home.
- Ryan’s Cases for Smiles – we will be sewing pillowcases that will be distributed to hospitalized children in several hospitals in the Raleigh and Winston Salem areas.
- Carolina Adoption Services – We will be continuing to create quilt blocks to welcome adopted children “home” through domestic adoptions and international adoptions. See adoptee quilt photos and photos from Welcome Home event.
In 2019, we also 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.
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
One of our projects for 2019 is to sew walker bags for those living in retirement centers, starting with 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.
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