Free Sewing Projects to Meet the Needs of People and Animals in Shelters

People and pets end up in shelters for a variety of reasons, and they will be the first to tell you that there's no place like home. Tough times and natural disasters place high demands on shelters. Help where you can by sewing items they need and help others get on their feet.

Try and remember things that may not seem important. A child may not understand why they can't have their toys or ​bed, but a small sewn toy they can call their own will help not only the child but also the parents.

  • 01 of 07

    Sew for Animal Shelters

    Sew A Pet Bed. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    With the dawning of spring comes the inevitable kittens and puppies that fill animal shelters, taxing the resources of animal rescue organizations.

    A catnip toy only takes tiny scraps of fabric, and a cat won't even mind if a whole mouse isn't the same fabric.

  • 02 of 07

    Sew for Shelters

    Sew a Personal Care Kit for Charity. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Many domestic violence shelter residents end up there with nothing but the clothes on their back. Fire and flood victims usually end up out of their home grateful to be alive but without any of their belongings. The Red Cross cannot accept these kits due to federal regulations, but many churches and shelters would be thrilled to receive these kits. Use your group's skills to sew up a pile in an afternoon!

    It's a sad fact, but homeless shelters run out of room. Hand them blankets so they can hand them out to those they can't shelter for a night.

  • 03 of 07

    Sew A Fabric Baby Grab Ball

    Sew a great toy for a baby or toddler
    Melissa Kadinger, Licensed to

    Toys may not seem important, but a child with nothing and a mom with no way to provide for the child is going to make this toy the center of attention. This fabric ball offers hours of fun play.

  • 04 of 07

    Sew for Children

    Free Patterns and Projects to Sew Children's Clothing and More
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Children are the smallest victims in any shelter situation. Clothing is usually needed in a shelter environment. The upheaval from everyday life is disruptive to children and any comfort is a positive thing. An adorable hat will protect them from the sun.

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  • 05 of 07

    Fleece Blanket with Cotton Quilting Charm

    Fleece Blanket with Cotton Quilting Charm
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    This blanket takes a little more fabric and time to create but the work is well worth the smiles it is bound to provide. Your stash is probably holding all the supplies you need.

  • 06 of 07

    Sew Baby Receiving Blankets

    If you have flannel or soft fabric in your stash, here is a great way to put that fabric to work. These are simple to sew and bound to offer comfort to a baby or small child.

    Call your local hospital to find out about the need in your area.

  • 07 of 07

    How to Make a Fleece Blanket

    Fleece sales are hard to resist. Use up some of that fleece making blankets that will comfort and provide warmth.