Want to make a difference using your sewing talents? Try sewing for charity! At Baby Lock, we not only love to sew, but love to sew for a purpose. Check out a few of our favorite charities and projects they’re looking for to help give back!

If you are looking for a quick project, try participating in American Patchwork & Quilting’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge! Quilters can find a participating retailer who will collect the pillowcases and give them to a local charity. For those not near a participating retailer, a list of charities is provided on the website. Patterns are available for download or quilters can create their own. Participants are encouraged to log how many pillowcases they create and donate to help get closer to the 1 million goal.

For quilters wanting to create something meaningful for veterans, Quilts of Valor is a great organization. Quilts are awarded to veterans for their service to the United States. The quilts are made with a patriotic theme and are given to veterans from all branches of military. Learn full details about how to create a Quilt of Valor on their website.

Sewing pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles gives children affected by traumatic illnesses and their families something bright and fun to cheer up. Founded by parents who lost their son to cancer, this charity collects home-sewn pillowcases in fun prints and patterns to distribute to kids facing long hospital stays. For those interested in creating a pillowcase for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, a pattern and instructions are provided on their website.

Sewers can also create post-surgery camisoles for mastectomies and other torso surgeries by following a pattern provided by Melissa Mora of Melly Sews . Melissa works with Crafting Comfort to create Velcro-close tops with surgical drain pockets to help surgical patients heal in comfort. Patterns are available to download and are a name-your-price purchase based on the maker’s ability to pay.

Little Dresses for Africa and Britches for Boys provides pillowcase dress and boy britches patterns for vulnerable children living in Africa. The clothing is given to these children along with education about clean water, sanitation and overall personal and community health. Those who receive and wear the clothing serve as ambassadors in their communities to promote these initiatives.

Another quick-sew project perfect for anyone is creating a fabric drawstring bag for Operation Smile to help children around the world born with cleft palates. Amy Smart shared a pattern for a cute heart block bag on her blog, Diary of a Quilter. The bags are given to Operation Smile’s patients after their surgeries and are filled with small personal care items and toys, along with a mirror to see their new smile.

Sew a purse, change a life! Sew Powerful is an amazing organization whose mission is to help combat extreme poverty through sewing and tailoring. Create a purse using the free pattern found here and write a special note to leave inside the purse. These purses empower girls to stay in school all month, improve their academic performance and move onto secondary school. Their efforts focus in Lusaka Zambia where it equips community members with jobs, training tools and technical skills to make purposeful products. These products include school uniforms, reusable feminine hygiene products, food and soap.

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