Free Sewing Projects to Meet the Needs of People and Animals in Shelters

Help meet the needs of people and animals in shelters.

People and pets end up in shalters for a variety of reasons and they will be the first to tell you that, there's no place like home.  Tough times and natural disasters place high demands on shelters. Help where you can by sewing items they need and help others get on their feet.

As someone who has been relocated by a tornado and helped others when disaster strikes, please remember things that may not seem important. A child may not understand why they can't have their toys or thier bed...MORE but a small sewn toy they can call their own, will help not only the child but also the parents.

  • 01 of 07
    Sew A Pet Bed. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    With the dawning of spring comes the inevitable kittens and puppies that fill animal shelters, taxing the resources of animal rescue organizations. If you're like me, you don't part with scraps of fabric... and they are over flowing their containers. A cat nip toy only takes tiny scraps of fabric...and I bet a cat won't even mind if the whole mouse isn't the same fabric.

  • 02 of 07

    Sew for Shelters

    Sew a Personal Care Kit for Charity. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Many domestic violence shelter residents end up there with nothing but the clothes on their back. Fire and flood victims usually end up out of their home grateful to be alive but without any of their belongings. The Red Cross can not accept these kits due to federal regulations but many churches and shelters would be thrilled to receive these kits. Use your groups skills to sew up a pile in an afternoon!
    It's a sad fact but homeless shelters run out of room. Hand them blankets so they can...MORE hand them out to those they can't shelter for a night.

  • 03 of 07
    Sew a great toy for a baby or toddler
    Baby Grab Ball at Play. Melissa Kadinger, Licensed to About.com

    Toys may not seem important but a child with nothing and a mom with no way to provide for the child is going to make this toy the center of attention. This fabric ball offers hours of fun play.

  • 04 of 07

    Sew for Children

    Free Patterns and Projects to Sew Children's Clothing and More
    Toddler Hats. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Children are the smallest victims in any shelter situation. Clothing is usually needed in a shelter environment.  The upheaval from everyday life is disruptive to children and any comfort is a positive thing. An adorable hat will protect them from the sun.

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  • 05 of 07
    Fleece Blanket with Cotton Quilting Charm
    Fleece Blanket with Cotton Quilting Charm. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This blanket takes a little more fabric and time to create but the work is well worth the smiles it is bound to provide. Your stash is probably holding all the supplies you need.

  • 06 of 07

    If you have flannel or soft fabric in your stash, here is a great way to put that fabric to work.  These are simple to sew and bound to offer comfort to a baby or small child. I was amazed to find that many women give birth and have nothing ready for that baby. Help fill the void and set up a warm environment. Call your local hospital to find out about the need in your area.

     

  • 07 of 07

    Fleece sales are hard to resist. Use up some of that fleece making blankets that will comfort and provide warmth.