Sew Goodness – Causes for Charity Sewing

It feels so good so sew for a cause, doesn’t it?

I decided I wanted to set a goal making time for more sewing that would make a difference to folks in real need.  After finishing a monthly quilt along last year, I realized I could treat this challenge in a similar way- some small, simple “Sew Goodness” project each month and by the end of the year, I’d have hopefully accomplished some real good!

Want to join? I’d love to have you!

The main goal is to keep this simple, not-political, and do-able.

You’re welcome to participate or share as you so desire. You can make something for the cause shared, or you can make something for a cause near and dear to your own heart, or one you are already working on!

This is a “no pressure/no guilt” challenge. If any month you have a baby/puppies/the flu/a much deserved vacation/anything-else that is filling your plate, you should know that your good thoughts and a smile to someone who could use is just as meaningful toward the cause for good!

Also keep in mind: if you don’t have time to sew, financial contributions to many of these causes are often even more valuable than the goods themselves and can go a LONG way. Costs are always needed for shipping and transporting the goods to those who need them.

I’ve created this page as a place to round-up all of the Sew Goodness charity sewing prompts and causes.  You can read more about each on the links below:

January  – Make a pillowcase or pillowcase dress

Charities: Little Dresses for Africa, American Patchwork and Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge




February – drawstring bag or softie toy

Charities – Operation Smile, Dolls of Hope





MARCH – Make a Scrappy Log Cabin quilt block

Charities- Project Linus





April  – Sewing feminine hygeine kits for Days for Girls



 May – Love a Teacher








June – Quilts of Valor – make a quilt – or a quilt block! – for a service member or veteran touched by war.




July – Skirting the Issue – sewing skirts for girls in Foter Care








September – Thoughts on pacing yourself in your charitable sewing and best practices for helping out with a natural disaster.




October – Breast Cancer Awareness and projects to sew for patients recovering from mastectomy procedures.




November – Dara Tomassen has been hosting a Charity Quilt Along. Dara is a master machine quilter and shows you how to easily quilt those charity quilts on your home machine.

If you’ve made a charity quilt this year, you can also enter to win a quilt giveaway hosted by Dara.

Also, link to the My California Home pixelated patchwork California quilt pattern, with all proceeds donated to the California Wildfire Fund.



December: Be present. Make face-to-face contact with someone who needs your smile.

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If you are looking for other ideas or for places to donate fabric check this post for Charities in Need of Quilt, Fabric and Sewing Donations.








Opportunities to sew for charity