Get Creative and Give Back: A Guide to Crafting for a Cause

Want to use your crafty skills to make the world a cozier, more caring place for people or animals in need? At Like a Boss Girls, we are all about giving back, so we put together a list of ways you can craft for charity, whenever you’re in a giving mood.

Knitting and Crocheting Projects
(Psst… If you don’t know how to use knitting needles or a crochet hook, but want to learn, here’s a an intro to crocheting and knitting tutorial.)

Head Huggers: Make a soft, warm cap for someone who has experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy.

Mother Bear Project: Make a hand knit or crocheted teddy bear for a child affected by HIV/AIDs in a developing country.

The Red Scarf Project: Create a homemade red scarf for a foster youth attending college. Foster Care to Success collects them to send as part of care packages.

Warm Up America: Knit or crochet a 7”x 9” square and send it in; this nonprofit organization assembles the squares into patchwork afghans and distributes them to people in need.

Comfort for Critters: Use this group’s free patterns to knit or crochet a blanket for a shelter animal. The group collects blankets of all sizes, for everything from guinea pigs to golden retrievers.


Sewing Projects

Binky Patrol: Sew (or knit or crochet) a small blanket for this group, which distributes them to children in need.

Little Dresses for Africa: Use your sewing skills to transform a pillowcase into a cute, simple dress for a little girl in Africa.

Personal Care Kits: Use this simple tutorial to sew a washcloth into a toiletry kit to donate to a women’s shelter.

No-Sew Projects

Capes for Kids: Use fabric glue to make a superhero cape for a child living in a shelter, so she or he can play dress-up.

Paracord Survival Bracelets: Learn how to make a paracord bracelet for a member of the military serving overseas.

Snuggles Project: Try these no-sew patterns to turn a piece of fleece into a warm little mat for a shelter animal.

Paper Craft Projects

Cards for Hospitalized Kids: Make an uplifting greeting or holiday card for a child spending time in a hospital.

Operation Gratitude: Send  a card, letter or drawing to a deployed service member, veteran, new recruit or wounded warrior.

Other Ways to Help

Are you crafty in another way? If you think it’s something that might come in handy at a local nonprofit, check to see if they’d be interested in receiving a donation.

If you sell your crafts locally or online, consider donating a portion of the proceeds to your favorite nonprofit organization. If you don’t have a favorite charity yet, Charity Navigator is a great place to find one–click through the categories to find a cause that matters to you.

For even more ways to make a difference, check out Like A Boss Girls’ Change the World pages!