This organization distributes
hand-crafted quilts and blankets of all kinds and sizes to children in
need of something warm and soft to cuddle.
Free quilt pattern sometimes available.
Them in Love
This organization distributes
quilts to needy children around the world. If you can't make an entire
quilt, send them blocks and they'll find someone to make quilts from
This site has instructions for a
variety of projects for charitable causes: dolls, quilts, blankets,
Christmas stockings, wheelchair totes, clothes, caps for cancer
Nancy's Notions lists
many more charitable organizations in the Creative Kindness section.
Free projects can be found in the Creative Kindness and the Free
TLC for Angels
This organization's goal is to provide blankets and other needed items
to babies in hospitals. Their website gives lots of ideas
(including patterns) as to how people, even non-crafty people, can be
involved. I was quite impressed with their TLC Cherubs
program that involves kids of all ages in this charity work. They
have local chapters in most states and Canada and Australia. Scroll
near bottom of their page to find links to other pages.
From Caring Hands
This site has instructions for making lap size quilts that
have lots of tactile stimuli - great for kids or for vision-impaired
people of all ages.
Quilt for a
This charity raises funds for breast cancer research. Site tells
how funds are raised and provides links to free patterns at McCall's
Although this is a local charity based in Portland, Oregon, I'm giving
it recognition here because of it's 2-in-1 nature. The main
purpose of this charity is to provide toys to abused, neglected and
low-income children. In doing this, volunteers teach at-risk
teens to repair toys and
make doll clothes to give to children, thus teaching the teens valuable
skills and building self-esteem. Wonderful!
Camp Heart to Heart
Sandy's Husqvarna Supercenter in Lexington, Kentucky collects 9" quilt
blocks to make into quilts for Camp Heart to Heart, a camp for children
infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Click here then scroll down to
near bottom of page for more information.
Camp Heart to Heart is a project of the Kentucky Lions Club.
Check with your local Lions Club to see if there are other
opprtunities to help with projects in your area.
This international organization provides homes for families of children
hospitalized with a critical illness. Visit their website for
information on how you can help, and to find Ronald McDonald Houses in
area. Consult your local Ronald McDonald House for specific ways
can help them.
Sundrop Kids, set 2
Years ago, a child with a physical difference
could feel like he/she was the only child on earth with that
We've come a long way with accepting all kids in the mainstream
life, but there's still room for improvement. You're welcome to
these applique patterns for personal use and charitable causes to help
the acceptance of people with so-called "disabilities."
Dusty - pdf
Autumn/Austin - pdf
Crystal/Chris - pdf
Logan/Logann - pdf
This foundation-pieced block
symbolizes the 9/11 Tragedy: red for those who died, blue for those in
mourning, and white for those in alliance to fight terrorism, all
braided together in a symbol of strength.
Meet York, the
Sundrop Puppy ! He's all decked out in patriotic colors to honor
the fire fighters and police officers and their valiant canine
assistants. Click here
for more project ideas and the pdf pattern.
This appliqué block is perfect for children's quilts. For
preschool children, consider making the kitten from flannel or other
fabrics that are fun to touch and feel.
frequently has free patterns that are child-appealing. This site
also has Norwegian and German versions.
Christine Thresh has a foundation pieced flag
pattern. Choose between a horizontal flag or a vertically hanging flag.
The online branch of Quiltmaker
magazine offers several free patterns and an annual pattern for Project
Linus at Quiltmaker.com
Mary Graham has 3 beautiful block
patterns devoted to the 9/11 tragedy at Quilters
Online Resource .