There are many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others with your sewing passion.
Updated 4/7/2020 10:15 am
Thank you to everyone who has donated or participated in helping us distribute masks to the community. We no longer have requests for masks, please check with your local food pantries or shelters if you would like to keep donating.
Our mask effort is solely out of the generosity of our local sewists and for our community who can not shelter in place during this time. We are not selling any masks.
Meriter/Unitypoint approved pattern & Info for donation: Meriter is no longer accepting masks.
SSM Health Pattern:
Cotton Mask Pattern: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zB0RRGW0NFuu4eMkdcgPQ47UJSrRWk1E/view?usp=sharing
Blue Wrap Pattern: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1S0rn71m-YS30wn4PGh-j-d_-7qLVZDk8/view?usp=sharing
Froedtert has an official mask - link here:
Official instructions from Froedtert Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin for Masks
Milwaukee Children's Hospital:
Boomerang Bags ~ Giving Unwanted Fabric New Life!
Join like minded people in diverting fabric destined for landfills and create reusable tote bags, and start conversations about limiting single use plastic.
We are looking for people to source, prep, and sew the fabric into bags.
Check out the link above or stop by the store for more details! We're an enthusiastic new group, and we'd love to hear your ideas.
Project Linus ~ Providing Security Through Blankets.You can sew NICU blankets for Project Linus at the Electric Needle. We appreciate if you can bring 2 pieces of new, unwashed flannel 1.25 yards each. If you would like you can reserve one of our Pfaff classroom machines.
We also accept donations. Various blankets are needed every month ~ sample patterns are available through the link above. For assistance, please stop in to the shop.The Sewing Machine Project ~ Mending Communities, One Sewing Machine at a Time.If you have a working sewing machine that is just taking up space, it can be put to good use through this local organization! We are a drop-off location for the Sewing Machine Project. Feel free to bring your donation machines to our shop to be inspected and passed along to this great organization.The Hat Ladies ~ Making Hats for Causes and Those in Need Since 1997.
Volunteers are needed for cutting pieces, staffing, and sewing at various events during the day, evenings and weekends. Even if you don't sew, you can help out with this wonderful organization. Please contact us for more information.
The House Quilt Project ~ Brighten Lives with Art Quilts.
The House Quilt Project makes small art quilt wall-hangings to be given to U.S. veterans returning from service abroad. The Project was established in June of 2010, to assist Furnishing Hope, who works with designers to create interior rooms and entire houses for veterans and others in need.
The Battle Cap Project ~ Helping those going through ChemoFind out more here!
Sewists needed.American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillow Case Challenge
Calling all quilters, sewers and crafters! American Patchwork & Quilting is challenging you to join our efforts to Make a Pillowcase, Make a Difference. Every pillowcase can make a difference in your community. A pillowcase can provide comfort for a cancer patient, hope for a foster child, encouragement for a battered woman, or beauty for a nursing home resident. Sample patterns available through the link above.
Little Dresses for Africa
Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit, Christian-based organization which provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillow cases and distributed through the orphanages in Central Africa to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy. Sample patterns available through their website. Just click the link above!
Mikayla’s Grace, Inc.
Mikayla’s Grace is a 501c3 non-profit to support families with a baby in the NICU and those who experience the death of an infant at Madison Area hospitals by providing NICU care packages and angel memory boxes that offer both practical and emotional support for the parents. Mikayla’s Grace is in need of more volunteers to make the hand-made items for the angel memory boxes. This entails making small baby gowns, booties and hats. Please contact Mikayla's Grace through their website for descriptions and even some patterns.
Ryan's Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer)
Ryan's Case for Smiles is an organization that makes pillowcases out of cheerful fabric for children sick with cancer and other serious illnesses to brighten up their hospital stay. You can get involved by making pillowcases, see their website for pillowcase directions and specifications. You can also donate fabric and funds to help this organization. This is a great project to get involved in, especially for beginning sewists as well groups looking for an easy and worthwhile sewing project!