Sewing and knitting for charity

Diedre O Brien / 24 February 2015 ( 25 September 2018 )

Put those nimble fingers to good use with one of these inspiring knitting and sewing projects for charity.

Cats Protection

Cats Protection are looking for mice and blankets to help the thousands of cats in their care.

Try knitting this Captain Cat-Battler catnip mouse for Cats Protection

Teddies for Tragedies

Knit a bear for a child who has no toys or who’s suffered a trauma.

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Francis House Children's Hospice

Francis House Children’s Hospice offers the families of very sick children a respite from their role as carers and gives the children a loving home from home. Each year knitted chicks are made to help raise funds.

Find out how to knit or crochet a poppy in memory of the fallen

Knit for Syria

Syrian winters can be cold, and displaced people can be living in damp and draughty conditions such as tents, caves and abandoned buildings. As well as collecting money to buy supplies, Hand in Hand for Syria also collects knitted or crocheted blankets and clothing which is then taken to Turkey to be distributed in Syria.

Read our guide to baking for charity

Dress a girl around the world

This charity provide dresses from pillowcases for girls in Africa and are looking for volunteers to make more. There are several sewing events being held around the country and the UK effort is being co-ordinated by Louise Horler.

Little Dresses for Africa

This non-profit organisation distributes simple dresses in orphanages, churches and schools in Africa so that the girls know they are worthy. A pillow case pattern is great, but any simple pattern is also fine. The organization started in the USA but you can send donations from here by contacting

Royal Navy Royal Marine Children’s Fund

This organisation are looking for people to make dolls, about 6 inches high holding the hand of a child doll to symbolize ‘knitting the family’ back together after a parent has been away on service.

Are You Being Bullied

Anita Hunt's children's novel Matty-boy & The Secret Pigeon Racket aims to encourage children to tell a trusted adult if they are affected by bullying. Talented toy designer, Alan Dart, has designed a knitting pattern for Percy from the book and the charity are asking knitters to make the birds and donate them to schools to encourage kids to open up about bullying.

Project Linus

They provide quilts and blankets for sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers.

For more crafty ideas, visit our Craft & Hobbies section.

Bonnie Babies

Helping premature babies in the UK, this charity provide premature baby clothes, blankets and tragically, burial clothes too. They’re looking for stitchers, knitters and crocheters to contribute.

Lactation Consultants of Great Britain

Hospitals and community midwives use model breasts to show new mothers how to breastfeed and how to express milk if necessary, but they cost £35 each, and knitted versions work just as well. Contact your local hospital's infant feeding co-ordinator to find out if they would welcome donations and use the pattern found here

Loving hands

This site represents over 36 different charities including the RSPCA, The Salvation Army, SANDS, Operation Orphan and many others. They’re looking for anything from warm clothing for the homeless or children living in cold counties to bags to save tiny puffins who have been blown off course!

'SIBOL' - Sunshine International Blankets of Love

'SIBOL' was formed in January 2010 making 'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly in Care & Nursing Homes. They’re looking for knitters to knit a blanket so that a lonely elderly person will know someone’s thinking of them.

The Big Knit

Innocent sells special smoothies with woolly hats on, donating 25p from each purchase to Age UK. They always need knitters to make the hats.

Made and Making

They’re currently sewing simple bags that are given to hospital patients for a variety of reasons.

The Donkey Sanctuary

They are looking for volunteers to knit woolly donkeys to sell in their gift shops to raise much-needed funds.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Battersea are looking for blankets and knitted mice to keep their residents happy while they wait to be rehomed. You can find out more at their website

Find out why Battersea are also appealing for bandanas for dogs in their care

Made4Aid (for Medecins sans Frontieres)

The charity are always looking for handmade gifts to sell to raise funds to send doctors to war zones and the world’s trouble spots.

Making For Charity

Making for Charity put willing crafters in touch with organisations who need help providing ideas, advice and support. For example, they supported schools in a project to make syringe driver bags for a Liverpool hospital in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.


They no longer send out the blankets made from volunteers’ knitted squares but the charity do ask for knitters to make blankets and clothes to be sold in their shops and also at music festivals. You can find several patterns on their website.

Find out how knitted vests have been helping rescued battery hens

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