10 Charity Craft Projects and Ideas

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Charity craft, another reason to get making!

One of the biggest reasons so many of us craft as much as we do, is to give. To pass on our heartfelt creations to the ones we love. Having a lovingly made project on the go constantly is a part of who we are, and knowing what and who we’re making it for just makes us work even harder to create something beautiful and full of love. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I run out of people to make for. I’m a hobbyist so not interested in making en masse and selling on Etsy, but I would love to find a new outlet and reason for the amount I craft.

Hopefully I have stumbled upon the answer! Did you know there are charities, all around the world, whose main donations consist of handmade items that are craved by those in need. Hopefully one or more of these options sounds right for you. Let us know if you make anything and who you’re sending it to by telling us on social media – @sewcraftyshop – and using the hashtag #showcrafty x

1. Dress a Girl

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This wonderful worldwide initiative helps get adorable dresses to children in places around the world where they would normally never even dream of getting something to cute and just for them. With a great guide on how to make the simplest but best dresses, the types of fabric to use, and where to send your dress to locally to you – there are ambassadors world wide – as well as how to start your own Dress a Girl event and tons of photos of the kids looking adorable, this site just pulls on the creative heart strings and is something anyone can take part in.

Full info on the Dress a Girl website: http://www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com

2. A Gift of Quilts

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It’s a well known joke among quilters and those that love them that it’s an addiction. We’ve all got multiple quilts or beginnings of quilts surrounded by fabric, and here’s a new reason to finish! Inspired by the 2012 Olympics, A Gift of Quilts sources charities and hospices around the world that are in dire need of something warm and homemade to make people suffering feel better and loved. Head over to their website to see the list of “Who Wants What” and how you can get involved! http://www.agiftofquilts.co.uk/

3. Made 4 Aid

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This brilliant organisation collects handmade anythings and sells them to raise money for Medicins sans Frontiers/Doctors without borders. It has a few criteria like the gift must be made by you, recently and be in good quality. But other than that the world is your oyster. Check out what other work they do and how you can get involved on their website now. http://www.made4aid.org/

4. Are you being bullied?

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This lovely charity have a book they send out to schools and community groups explaining the importance of speaking out if they are being bullied. They have an adorable mascot called Percy the Pigeon who helps! The charity need volunteers to knit a Percy, following the pattern on their website, and send it in to be used during talks, and let’s children know they are not alone. Knit your own Percy with the pattern on the Are you being bullied? website now! http://areyoubeingbullied.com/

5. The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund

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Another knitting one! The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund (RN&RMCF), the only charity dedicated to supporting children whose parents work for the Naval Services, is looking for knitters to volunteer their time and their spare wool to create small dolls for the charity. All the patterns, info inc materials needed are on the website – these dolls are so so sweet! Get involved on their website now. http://rnrmchildrensfund.org.uk/

6. Craftivist Collective

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Craftivism as a concept isn’t new, but this website is certainly a breath of fresh air. Learn what you can do to bring craft into making a difference, a quiet creative protest for things that matter. With a whole heap of creative project ideas, you can get lost in this website and its inspiring ideas for weeks! Learn what you can do to make a difference with your craft, bit by bit, it’s all important. Something a bit different here but we love it! Learn more at https://craftivist-collective.com

7. Making for Charity

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This organisation encourages people to make sweet syringe driver bags for people who need to carry them around with them. Usually those in palliative care or cancer fighters. They also need small personal effects bags and small ring pouches for when belongings need to be safely returned to loved ones after someones passing. This is such a kind and unheard of idea, to me anyway, and a lovely way to give back and make someones day a little easier. Find the detailed patterns and info on how to get involved on the Making for Charity website now. http://www.makingforcharity.co.uk/

8. Snuggles Project

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Animals need donations too! The Snuggles Project is a totally beautiful idea to connect crafters with lonely shelter animals that just need a snuggle. Make Snuggles following their patterns (knitting, crochet, sew, no-sew, toys etc), find a local shelter on their list, using the kitten symbol to show they a re participating, and send your donations in! Even if your local shelter isn’t involved yet (but lots are) let them know about it and become a part of a wonderful movement. Ah my heart. http://www.snugglesproject.org/

9. Love for the Elderly & The Forgotten Ones : International Card Exchange for the Elderly

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It’s been so wonderful researching this post, and this one is great to end on. Create beautiful cards and letters to be sent to people who may never receive another card again. Let them know they are thought of and loved. Wish them a Happy Birthday or Merry Christmas. You don’t know how much one thought, one handmade keepsake, can really mean to those lonely and often forgotten members of society.

Head to this website for more info on what your card or letter could consist of, and find their general North American address to send your cards to. If you would like to look internationally, a world wide database of places you can send your cards and letters can be found on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thelonelyelderly/posts/483569565082163?fref=nf

10. Find A Great Charity That Needs YOU!

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Lion Brand have this fantastic search form on their website. Type in the sort of charity craft you’re into, where you are and BOOM! Lots of needy charities just waiting for your goodies. http://www.lionbrand.com/charityConnection.html

Let us know if you know of ANY other fabulous charities gagging for our crafty donations, or if you already donate, and they’re not on this list, let us know who to! And next time you’re about to send something off, tag us on social media using @sewcraftyshop and #showcrafty so we can be extra proud of you.

Thanks for reading! xx

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Ten Steps To Becoming a Macrame Master

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Macrame is so hot right now and we’re totally addicted. There’s some fantastic macrame kits out there, but to get started why not grab any yarn, string, thick thread or twine you have lying around and try some of these gorgeous designs. Or why not pick up our Lucky Dip Embroidery Thread bag to get you started. We’ve packed 20 threads in this bargain bag. The threads are usually 95p each, but this bag comes in at just £9.50! Perfect for beginners, or your next macrame party! This is a thing. Is this a thing? I might make this a thing.

1. Simply Braided

Lets start at the beginning. Here is the basic Macrame knot. Once mastered can be the base for thousands of designs and patterns. Click the image to head to icreativeideas.com’s tutorial.

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2. The Next Step

This looks tricky but is actually a lot simpler than it looks, I think it actually looks super impressive! Its literally just knotting 2 threads next to each other, together, 2 at a time. See, super simple. The creativity comes in the colours you choose, and the pattern. Click the image for the Pin I found this on, which shows the step by step images.

Here is a more detailed explanation on honestlywtf.com

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3. Up Your Game

Working with this principal, and these rainbow colours because, what could be better, why not try this slightly more detailed pattern by the dolls at Macrame School. Click the image to go to their YouTube tutorial and try it yourself. Again, its a lot simpler than it looks! And so fun!

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4. Go Glam

This super glamorous and dainty design is the natural next step. You’ll have made 100 bracelets for yourself, so now you’ll want to start making some as gifts, or maybe to sell at a craft fair? Learning different patterns like this is a great tool to your belt. Picking softer colours and neater thread for something like this works wonders. Click the image to go to another Macrame School tutorial video.

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6. Master the Tension

There are a million ways to create the tension needed to make nice tight bracelets. Here are just a few of our tried and tested favourites.

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7. Put your heart on your sleeve (wrist)

Its time to add embellishments! Start with this simple heart then the world is your oyster! This shouldn’t be hard now you’ve mastered the basics. You’ll be sticking these hearts on everything! Click the image for the tutorial.

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8. Graduate Up

Time to try a necklace? Use your skills to create a “chain” with your favourite macrame style, then add a gorgeous precious stone, rock or memorable trinket to the bottom by learning how to make a quick bespoke net. The beauty of this is you don’t have to dig out perfect beads with holes in them, you can literally turn anything, OK maybe not the cat, but close to anything, into a necklace pendant! Click the image for the tutorial from Quiet Lion Creations.

You could also try wrapping the pieces with this tutorial from Ecocrafts.

Or go back to bracelets and pop a net in one of them instead with this tutorial from True Blue Me and You.

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9. Have a Hoot!

Confident? Why not make your OWN charm? I am so in love with this owl design. Its gorgeous. Who wouldn’t love receiving this for their birthday? Wear this out and you’ll get tons of comments and questions. Click the image for another video from Macrame School – they really are the best.

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10. Get Creative!

Look on Pinterest for inspiration, and use your new skills to make something incredible and unique! Maybe something like these incredible creations by the amazing Lesh Loom. I’m in love! Have fun guys! If you delve into macrame, especially if you use any of our bits, then let us know on social by using #showcrafty or tagging us @sewcraftyshop!

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10 of the BEST Doctor Who Crafts

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To be a true Whovian you’ve GOT to own a piece of original crafty artwork based around the show! Most are so easy, ALL are so impressive. Which one will you try first??

1. Knitted Scarf

This has to be the coolest scarf I’ve seen in a while! This is definitely next on the long list of stuff I must make! And its a FREE pattern download from Ravelry – Geronimo!

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2. Tardis Bobble Hat

How about to go with that adorable scarf, you use the rest of the blue and white wool to make a matching hat! Brilliant! Get the pattern now over on snappy-tots.com!

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3. Brilliant Bookmarks

These awesome bookmarks look so effective and are super easy to make – check out Craft with Bee’s post to make them now!

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4. 11th Doctor’s Bow Tie Cushion

This cushion is awesome in any fabric, but why not grab some red velvet or this red superfine needle cord, and make a DW themed cushion for your sofa! Why not make 3?? They’re so easy to make and take just one Fat Quarter, some interfacing and stuffing! Easy! Try it now with OUR free download How To!

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5.  Guess Doctor Who

This is such an awesome idea! Its pretty clear how you make this. You can design your own images to go in the slots or download a ready made printable from BakaThom for just $3 now!

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6. Ood Ski Mask

This is so creepy but so awesome! Even if you have no intention of going skiing, this NEEDS to be made! 🙂 Check out the FREE crochet pattern on the Ravelry right now!

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7. Another one thats pretty clear how to make it from the image – we just think its so cute! We found this particular idea from YouQueen.com.

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8. Crochet Gloves

Just because I’m more of a crocheter than a knitter I had to include these to finish off the full set of Tardis winter wear – I’ll be trying these tonight! 🙂

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9. Tardis Quilt

This was available ready made and OOAK from Etsy – but if you’re ambitious this could be quite a fun project from the collection of blue fabric everywhere you go, to piecing it all together and enjoying the final piece. So gorgeous.

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10. Tardis Pumps

And finally – aren’t these fabulous? Follow the how-to here. Enjoy!

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