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5 Projects for the Charitable Crafter

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5 Projects for the Charitable Crafter

5 Projects for the Charitable Crafter

Mother Bear Project

The Mother Bear Project gives kids in emerging countries affected by HIV/AIDS a stuffed animal to comfort them. With the variety of colors, Vanna’s Choice yarn allows for crafters to easily customize their bear, making it easy to put a special touch on each gift. Embroider a face, add a scarf, or change colors to create a pants and t-shirt effect to make your bear as special as the child receiving it. Check out their suggested pattern here.

And here are a couple Lion Brand patterns you could use:

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Amigurumi Bear Pattern (Crochet)

The Amigurumi Bear Pattern (Crochet) is a free pattern using Vanna’s Choice.

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Best Friend Bear Pattern (Knit)

The Best Friend Bear Pattern (Knit) is another Vanna’s Choice pattern, and a challenging one, at that! 

Little Hats Big Hearts

Little Hats Big Hearts collects hats for newborns, focusing on the color red to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects. Give the smallest people the softest yarn. Feels Like Butta is the perfect yarn for babies, not only for it’s texture, but also it’s machine wash and dry!

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Little Hats Big Hearts

Visit the Little Hats Big Hearts website here for more information.


Carewear works with a network of hospitals to provide blankets for newborns. Give these babies a warm welcome into the world with the soft texture of our Homespun yarn. The combination of bouclé and color changes will make something as simple as a garter stitch blanket special. Here’s a link for their suggested patterns!

Below, you can see the Ravelry pattern for the Concentric Squares Baby Blanket (on the left). And on the right, our Lion Brand Little Victory Blanket.

Comfort for Critters

Comfort for Critters helps to ease the transition for pets while waiting in the shelters before finding their “forever homes.” Once finding their homes, these blankets continue to provide something familiar as they settle into their new lives. With its bright colors and durable 100% acrylic fiber content, Hometown USA makes for a fun as well as practical gift for pets.

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Curl-Up Kitty Cat Bed (Crochet)

Above, check out the cute Curl-Up Kitty Bed (Crochet) pattern from Lion Brand. And below, the Pretty Kitty Bed (Crochet) project. You can also see Comfort for Critters’ pattern suggestions here.

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Pretty Kitty Bed (Knit)

The Pink Slipper Project

The Pink Slipper Project provides both slippers as well as other items requested by domestic abuse shelters. The project works through issuing “challenges” on their website to meet the needs of everyone in the participating shelter. For these projects, just one ball of Wool-ease could make a set of adult and baby slippers for a family in need. Check out The Pink Slipper Project on their Facebook page.

Below, see two Ravelry patterns: Grandma’s Christmas Slippers & the Wisconsin Winter Slippers.

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  • Great article! I’m going to check out the Pink Slipper Project now.

    Just FYI, though, the Mother Bear Project only accepts bears made from the patterns on their website. The purchase price helps offset the cost of storing and shipping the bears, and they want the bears all to be ‘siblings’ from the same pattern.

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