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Places to Donate Fabric

January always puts me in the mood to organize and purge. If you’re cleaning out your fabric stash as part of a sewing-room reorganization for the new year and looking for a good place to send excess fabric, I’ve got help for you. Or for anyone who wants to give fabric to a good cause, I’ve created an updated list of places to donate fabric. There are some great causes that can always use fabric, batting or thread donations.

Important: Before you send off fabric willy-nilly, I do recommend contacting the organization directly before you donate to understand their specific needs and only send fabric they can put to good use.

Charities and Places to Donate Fabric

Places to Donate Fabric, Batting or Thread:

The Forget Me Not Project is doing good at home and abroad. Renee teaches women in her local prison in Mississippi how to sew and these women make items to be sent to children in Uganda. You can contact Renee at forgetmenotprojectusa@gmail.com for more information.

One Common Thread quilts employs women in Honduras who handmake hexagon quilts to support their families and bring them out of poverty. You can read more about this inspiring organization here.  US administration (donation recipients) is in Utah and Texas.

Scrap B More in Baltimore, Maryland is a craft reuse shop that gives Teachers craft materials for classrooms and sponsors children’s craft/creativity workshops. Their Creative Reuse Center will also take paper, scrapbook supplies, paint, markers, glue, etc. Looks like an excellent system for distributing supplies to projects that will use them.

Warm Hearts, Warm Babies in Arvada, Colorado provides clothing, blankets, and essential items to premature infants, newborn infants, and young children, in crisis, free of charge. They are in need of baby quilts, fabric, and yarn donations.

Pipers Project in Kansas makes quilts for children in Foster Care and always needs fabric, thread, or batting.

19 Quilts for Natalie is an organization that provides quilts for cancer patients and grieving parents dealing with the loss of a child. 

Sew Blessed Kentuckiana makes clothing to donate to children in third world countries.

The Blessing Box in Katy, Texas prepares care packages for women who go through a mastectomy. They host regular Sew-ins. You can also find them on Facebook.

Dolls on Mission makes dolls for children in need locally and around the world. They are located in North Carolina.

Serving with Smiles is a Humanitarian organization in Utah that empowers kids to help serve. They can always use fabric and batting donations for blankets, bags, and quilt.

Looking for an organization near you in need of donations?

Many local Quilts of Valor chapters will gladly take quality red, white, and blue fabric.  You can find your local chapter here.

Check your local Days for Girls chapter. They typically need dark and patterned flannels and quilting cottons.

Project Linus is a wonderful organization that makes quilts for children in need. You can find your local Project Linus chapter here.

Check with a local Quilt Guild. Guilds frequently head up charity projects. You can find your local quilt guild using this list of world wide traditional quilt guilds here and local Modern Quilt Guilds here  and ask them if they’re looking for any donations.

One reader said she donates fabric to her local women’s prison where they teach quilting classes. You might want to check your local resources like prisons, homeless shelters, or refugee relief agencies that may teach sewing and quilting classes.

If you know of other organizations (or you are one) looking for fabric donations, please leave a comment on this post or contact me directly at amy@diaryofaquilter.com and I’ll add them as soon as I get a chance.

If you have questions about specific types of non-quilting-cotton fabric donations, feel free to leave them in the comments too. I don’t have suggestions for non-cottons, but someone else may have a suggestion!

Also, feel free to use the comments section to connect with others in your area who might be looking for scraps!

Causes and Projects in Need of Charity Sewing

Opportunities to sew for charity

A couple of years ago I hosted a Sew Goodness monthly challenge that taught me a lot about sewing for good causes. There are SO many out there. My goal was to up my charity sewing and contributions. Ideally, my hope was to sew a simple charity sewing project each month.

Looking back I learned a lot  – especially about pacing myself and how much I could manage.

If you’re looking for ideas for causes in need of Charity Sewing check out the list on the Sew Goodness page for lots of ideas of ways you can make a difference donating your skills and a little bit of extra time each month.

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Lori Gray
    January 23, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    I have multiple pieces of anti-pill fleece in 3.5-yard increments that I need to give to someone who can use them. My intention was to make size 3/4 winter bathrobes for the pre-K classes at one of our inner city schools here in KC…then my doctor said I wouldn’t be able to sew for a while. It has been really difficult for me to find someone to take such specific amounts/fabric. And, I don’t see an answer to my prayer in this list, either. Can anybody help?

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      Sue
      January 24, 2021 at 9:17 am

      Lori, Check with your local project Linus. If you google Project Linus in Kansas City, there should be a contact person. They make fleece blankets for kids.

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    Angela J Short
    January 23, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Hello. My name is Angie. If you have some extra fabric to share, I’d be interested in some. I’m not a charity place. I’m just a woman in North Carolina who loves to sew & I’d give some fabric a great home and love it and sew it up. I taught myself how to sew a couple years ago. I’m still learning how to quilt. I have made a few quilts so far. Anyway, my email is angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom. Have a good day.

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    Gloria
    January 24, 2021 at 12:23 am

    What size pieces do you need?

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    Jaime Bumbarger
    January 24, 2021 at 3:07 am

    In May 2020, our local Relay for Lofe 2qs postponed then ultimately cancelled due to the pandemic. To help raise funds, I have been making face masks to sell. Because I wanted 100 percent of the proceeds to go to the American Camcer Society, I have been purchasing all the fabric and materials myself, with some limited donations from others. Between the 2020 Relay year and the current one, we have raised more than $11,000. Email me at jsb221@comcast.net. I have. A Facebook fundraiser where you can see more at https://www.facebook.com/donate/1024401588005113/?fundraiser_source=external_url. Also, our Relay page on the ACS website is http://main.acsevents.org/goto/jaimebumbarger. Thank you!

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    Lisa Prizament
    January 24, 2021 at 3:17 am

    Hi Lori

    I love to sew..for over 30 yrs. I enjoy doing charity work. I love to make childrens clothing. Maybe, I could pick up the fabric and do what you intended it for. Let me know my email is lprizament@gmail.com. Lisa

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    Lisa prizament
    January 24, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Lori

    I’d love to help you out with your Intentions. I enjoy doing charity work and love making childrens clothes. I’ve been sewing for over 30 yrs. Maybe I can pick up the fabric?
    Let me know. Email is lprizament@gmail.com.
    Lisa

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    Andrea McGuire
    January 24, 2021 at 4:10 am

    Your local Project Linus will use it.

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    Maryha
    January 24, 2021 at 5:34 am

    Donate fabric to Pipers Project! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1313035628718990/?ref=share
    Making quilts/blankets (and bags) for
    First Night Foster Care Bags. Filled w quilt, book, stuffed animal, and hygiene products. Started by a young girl named Piper.
    (Fleece, cotton, and flannel).

    • Reply
      Amy
      January 25, 2021 at 11:27 am

      Excellent! Thanks so much for sharing, Maryha!

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    Carolyn Terry
    January 24, 2021 at 6:29 am

    My daughter is Activities Director at one of our nursing homes. They have a need for the fleece tied blankets. Bed size and wheelchair size. She is going to have some of the residents help tie them. It would be a great activity from the hands and minds. I would be interested in the fleece. I told my daughter I would do all the cutting for them. Thanks

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    Ashia Primak
    January 24, 2021 at 7:08 am

    Try your local animal shelter; they use the fleece for blankets.

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    Amanda
    January 24, 2021 at 11:47 am

    I have a storage tote of costume satin and a few knit I don’t need but I can’t think of any charity that would take that

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    Debbie King
    January 24, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    Hi. I am the Chairperson for Community Projects, in my 55 & older mobile home park, Lake Pointe Village in Mulberry, Florida. We are a very small group of fun ladies who currently make items for 2 Hospice Facilities, 5 Nursing homes, and an animal shelter. We mostly use cotton, fleece, yarn, batting, & fiberfill. We are operating strictly as volunteers, with donations or fund raising for our supplies. Since Covid, we are not able to have any fund raisers. We welcome any help with supplies.

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      Amy
      January 25, 2021 at 11:25 am

      That is fantastic Debbie – sounds like you are doing such great work!

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    Tracy Jernigan
    January 24, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    I am part of a group blankets of prayers we provide blankets to skilled nursing homes. would accept fabric for the project. Contact me at blanketsofprayers@gmail.com

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    . Pat McMullen
    January 24, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Where do you live in NC

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    Sa Jans
    January 24, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Do you have suggestions for where to donate small scraps of fabric and batting (generally <2")? Thank you!

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      Amy
      January 25, 2021 at 11:24 am

      I don’t have anything specific – but I’ve heard some animal shelters take small scraps for stuffing for bedding? You could reach out to your local shelter.

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    Jeannette O Rarden
    January 24, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    I live in Colorado and I have an entire wicker trunk full of leftovers and strips of fabric. If you live close to Loveland, Colorado and have a need to sew for charity’s, pls send me a msg and I would be happy to bring all this fabric to you. Please send me a msg Rarden@aol.com.

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    Sunny
    January 24, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Traditional Rug Hooker in MD has 2 boxes full of wool looking for a home. Some is about 5×5-inches, good quality for hooking. The other box is pieces of much thinner wool (from someone who made clothes). I used a lot of the thinner wool as backing on pillows. It can be pieced, like a mini quilt for that. It can also be cut smaller and used to make wool dryer balls (to use instead of dryer sheets). I have more, and I plan on making pincushions and dryer balls.

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    Jane
    January 25, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Contact your local Goodwill store. Ours take the scraps, sell them for salvage and they are recycled into rags. Keeps all those bits of fabric out of landfills. Other charity stores may do the same.

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      Amy
      January 25, 2021 at 8:23 am

      Great suggestion!

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    Veronica Eguia
    January 25, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    High schools and local theater groups need fabrics and animal shelters always need asic kennel blankets. Most charity thrift shops sell fabric and will take it as a donation. All but the theater group in my area is also tax deductible donations. I love the abroad charities but I choose to donate locally in my community.

    • Reply
      Amy
      January 26, 2021 at 10:15 am

      Really helpful. Thank you, Veronica!

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    Susan Montgomery
    January 25, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Check with your local highschool I teach FCS and I’m always welcoming fabric for my student’s sewing projects.

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      Amy
      January 26, 2021 at 10:14 am

      Great suggestion!

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    Alice
    January 26, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    The 4-H clubs in my area collect fabric and sewing supplies all year long and then have a giant sale to raise money for scholarships and activities. Your local Cooperative Extension office can tell you if they do it too. (The sales are also a great place to buy more fabric!)

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      Amy
      January 26, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      Another great suggestion!

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    Gretchen Dietz
    January 27, 2021 at 10:32 am

    Maybe a school or local theater company that could use it for costumes?

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    Lisa Dillon
    January 28, 2021 at 8:22 am

    I live in Albuquerque NM and have both cotton (quilt worthy) and polyester knit fabrics to par down. As well as “fake” fur and some fleece pieces. Any takers?

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    Sondra wassmann
    January 28, 2021 at 9:49 am

    I live in Columbia, MO. I donate fabric here to P.E.T. they get sewing machines in need of love and fix the and send them with fabric, scissors, thread, reading glasses and small toys to counties in need. They also make hand controlled bicycles they send .

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    D D Raudenbush
    January 28, 2021 at 10:34 am

    My husband has lots of upholstery fabrics. Any ideas where we can donate?

    • Reply
      Amy
      January 28, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      I’ve heard of some charities that use heavier weight fabrics like upholstery fabrics to make school bags. I’d recommend searching for groups like that.

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    Jeri Doucette
    January 28, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    I am a 75 year old quilter in need of scraps of fabric as I am partly disabled and on a fixed income. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your consideration.

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    Monica Petersen
    January 28, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Jeri,
    Can you tell me what kind of fabrics are you looking for and where are you located?
    Thanks

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    Tracy
    February 19, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    The Social Justice Sewing Academy was taking donations of fabric – http://www.sjsacademy.org – and they use a lot of smaller pieces in their embroidery workshops for kids. I have sent a few boxes of scraps to them.

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      Amy
      February 20, 2021 at 11:16 am

      Excellent suggestion – thank you!

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    Ann Olson
    September 20, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Our guild has lots of books and magazines – usually just take to GOODWILL – if anyone has another suggestion? Some of the local public libraries are not accepting for shelves or to sell in a library bookstore because of COVID. I think that might be the same problem to donate to a nursing home. Any ideas? THANKS Ann

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