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6 Ways Crafters Can Do Good

Have a bunch of extra yarn overflowing out of your yarn basket? Or just looking for a place to donate your handcrafted cards or quilts?

Here are six easy ways that your handmade, homemade creations can make a difference, from places that need your quilts to spots for your softest pair of knit mittens. There are even projects that families can do together, like creating craft kits or donating extra art supplies.

And, if you’d like to learn more about the health benefits of crafting, and how art projects create connections across language and culture, check out this post about Babble’s work crafting with kids in Peru.

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  • Knit Hats, Mittens, and More 1 of 6
    Knit Hats, Mittens, and More
    Yarn maker Lion Brand has a list of organizations that are in need of knitted or crocheted donations, like Knit for the Greater Good, a project that provides warm hats and mittens to children with life-threatening illnesses who are attending camp.
  • Share the Warmth 2 of 6
    Share the Warmth
    Quilters can donate handmade blankets to Project Linus, an organization that provides handmade blankets to children in need.
  • Got Extra Craft Supplies? 3 of 6
    Got Extra Craft Supplies?
    Organizations that provide art therapy, such as Denver Children's Home, are often in need of paper, canvases, paints, pens - you name it, they can use it!
  • Crafts of All Kinds 4 of 6
    Crafts of All Kinds
    Made4Aid runs an Etsy shop selling handmade goods, sending the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. You can donate your own creations to Made4Aid, like these lovely paper flowers made by Etsy seller Tangerine Blossom.
  • Baking for Good 5 of 6
    Baking for Good
    Cookie makers of all ages can host a bake sale to raise funds for research into pediatric cancer. Cookies for Cancer makes it easy with their recipes, signs, and tools.
  • Craft Kits for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 6 of 6
    Craft Kits for St. Jude's Children's Hospital
    You can put together craft kits for the patients at St. Jude's. This is one activity that families can easily do together, filling the kits up with supplies and directions so it's all ready to go.

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