Goodness of Your Heart: Crafting to Help Others

Goodness of Your Heart: Crafting to Help Others




Dec 1, 2015 By OLFA Creates
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Goodness of Your Heart: Crafting to Help Others

Dec 1, 2015 By OLFA Creates

As a crafter, it’s possible that you underestimate the power of your creativity. Have you ever considered how your craft projects can make the world a better place? Crafters naturally have a desire to create, but what if you channeled that creative energy for a greater good? After all, you can only shower your friends and families with so many crafts each season! So how can you help? Do good by putting your natural talents to work for others.

 

Here are four simple craft ideas and suitable charities that would love to utilize your craft projects to help enhance the lives of others.

1. MAKE WARREN THE CHARITY BEAR

Designed by Shiny Happy World for charitable giving, Warren the Charity Bear is very simple to make. This project would be fun to do with budding young crafters who might enjoy making their very own Warren. The free downloadable pattern for this huggable bear was designed to be easy enough to make by the dozen! Perfect for this project are OLFA® rotary cutters and OLFA cutting mats to help cut the felt designs quickly, with a professional-looking edge. Warren the Charity Bear is easily customizable, and will deliver all kinds of smiles to those who receive him.

 

Charity Suggestion for this Craft:

Gleaning for the World conducts a Teddy Bear Brigade that provides bears to comfort children throughout the world. Many of these children have never seen or enjoyed a toy before. There are also many local charities that provide stuffed bears to children in critical times of need.

 

2. FAST FRINGE FLEECE BLANKETS

These blankets are so easy to make, there is no need to put an age or skill level on this project. Using an OLFA rotary cutter and an OLFA cutting mat, cut two large square or rectangular pieces of fleece, making sure they are identical in size. Lay one on top of the other, then cut even fringe with your rotary cutter all the way around the edges. Tie each matching fringe piece together with a simple knot. This soft, simple blanket is a crafting classic that never goes out of style. Keep current by selecting popular fabric patterns, such as checked cowboys or lumberjacks, camo or animal prints. Or, create a high-spirited blanket using favorite team colors.

 

Charity Suggestions for this Craft:

Consider making a blanket for Project Linus. Or, if you have a soft spot for animals, you may want to donate a few blankets to Comfort for Critters. They provide blankets for pets living in animal shelters. If you prefer fabric to fleece, Quilts for Kids will gladly give your quilted blankets to kids in need. These charities have delivered millions of blankets to children in need of comfort.

 

3. FUNDRAISING CANNING JARS

Fill glass jars with special items and hold an uncomplicated auction fundraiser. Each jar should contain something different, like a gift certificate for dinner and a movie, ingredients for homemade cookies, local honey or handmade jewelry and other crafts. Decorate the lids with simple, stylish fabric circles cut out using an OLFA® Rotary Circle Cutter and cutting mat. Tie the fabric in place on the lid with ribbon or twine. Or, place the fabric under the lid and screw the lid on over the fabric. Then, label the jars in a clever way. One current favorite is chalkboard labels that you can decorate, wipe off and reuse. Hold the auction (silent or otherwise), encouraging attendees to bid on the jars. Let the participants know what charity will benefit from their donations.

 

Charity Suggestion for this Craft:

Help people affected by disasters both large and small by making a monetary donation to The American Red Cross. The website is simple to navigate and the “donate here” button is easy to locate. Crafters and jar purchasers alike will feel good knowing they’ve helped someone in need.

 

4. PILLOWCASES FOR CHARITY

Pillowcases are so simple to sew, they’re a perfect project for crafters of all abilities. Choose fun, brightly colored patterned fabrics, or perhaps a solid-colored fabric that you can decorate with bold stencils and fabric paint. To create a handmade stencil, use an OLFA rotary cutter , an OLFA cutting mat and freezer paper. Draw your design with marker (think simple design like a lightening bolt for kids or a #hashtag symbol for tweens) then cut out the design. Using the dry setting on your iron, iron the freezer paper to the fabric, waxy-side down, then paint over the stencil design. Once the paint dries, peel away the paper template!

 

Charity Suggestion for this Craft:

American Patchwork & Quilting magazine is challenging quilters, sewers and crafters to help them reach their goal of donating one million pillowcases to local charities. Head to their website and find out how you can help them reach their goal.

 

EXPERT TIPS FOR CHARITABLE CRAFTING

Your charitable crafting is sure to give you a tremendous feeling, but as with any craft project, planning is essential. Here are some ways to help make the prep a cinch and keep the process enjoyable.

  • Have a big goal? Don’t try to tackle it all on your own. Call on friends for help. Getting others involved means you’ll be donating your time as a group, and sharing the good feelings that come from your combined efforts.
  • Don’t get lost in the assembly-line mentality. Design and create projects that mean something to you. Whatever you choose to make, make it from your heart. The process is much more rewarding when you have a passion for the end result.
  • Contact charities ahead of time. Make sure to find a charity that will accept your donation. Some charities, for example, only accept knitted or crocheted items. Make sure that what you’re making is something they need. If not, ask them for a list of needs, or if they can refer you to other charities that would benefit from your handiwork.

 

Goodness of Your Heart: Crafting to Help Others

Dec 1, 2015 By OLFA Creates