crafting for hope (and a giveaway!)
Charity can come in many different forms: money, time, word of mouth, items, etc. It can come from the manpower it takes to assemble a home for someone in need or in the generosity of gathering winter coats from your closet for someone who is cold. And it can come in the form of passing along your love through the creation of something you’ve crafted yourself… and the book Craft Hope provides just that exact outlet!
The book is just an extension of the amazing blog of the same name, and it provides patterns and designs for many amazing craft ideas along with charities to donate those wares to! There are examples and templates in the book to make cheerful quilts for hospitalized children, soft dolls for Nicaraguan orphans, tug toys for animal shelters, knit gloves for homeless shelters, a cloth backpack for schoolchildren in Africa, a stylish purse for women moving out of abusive relationships, and knit scarves for fostercare teens heading off to college. It basically gives you amazing ideas of how to craft with a charitable purpose… and guides you along the way!
So why am I mentioning this awesome book? Well, because I have a copy to give away to a lucky reader! Just leave a comment here (perhaps you could mention a charity you’d like to craft for?) and I’ll pick a winner on Tuesday morning!
And if you’d like to get involved with Craft Hope outside of buying their book ($1 from the sale of each book goes to Global Impact!), check out Project 9 that’s running right now. They’re asking people to donate bright and cheery handmade pillowcases to terminally ill children in the hospital through ConKerr Cancer. If you’ve ever had to stay in the hospital for days at a time, you may know just how amazing the spot of color of a pillowcase can be! The project ends on September 15th, 2010, but if you miss it, I’m sure Project 10 will be up and running very shortly!
AND THE WINNER IS….
Marissa of MarissaMakes!
The Nifty Foodie
Wow. I was just tweeting about Craft Hope, actually! I’m making pillowcases for Conkerr Cancer next week!
marissa | marissamakes
I posted about a recent crafternoon spent whipping up pillowcases for the local children’s hospital! My hope is that they bring some comfort to the dear little ones who receive them.
This book looks really neat! My friends and I crochet for a cause called the Mary Madeline Project (marymadelineproject.org). It’s an organization that puts together kits for those than lose an infant or preemie–they make burial gowns out of old prom or wedding dresses (I donated mine to this cause) and also include a crocheted blanket for the baby to be buried with. It sounds heartbreaking, but the people that receive these kits appreciate it so much, because many times they can’t find a burial outfit in a size small enough to fit a pre-term baby. Some of the girls actually help make the burial gowns, but I’m not a seamstress, so I stick to making burial baby blankets.
Wow, awesome book! I’ve recently become rather obsessed with sewing so this would be a great way to direct my energy. I volunteer at our local SPCA so I’m thinking I could definitely make some tug toys! Plus I’d love to learn about other charities I can make things for. Great giveaway :)