Get Your Craft On For International Women’s Day

Since 1911, International Women’s Day has been a chance for the World to celebrate the achievements of women throughout history and highlight work that still needs to be done to achieve gender equality worldwide. The day has a fantastic message and it’s really lovely to see so many companies and individuals empowering women!

Since crafting is such a fantastic way to spread a message, it’s the perfect tool to help celebrate International Women’s Day, empower women & spread some girl power across the world! We’ve put together some ways we can use our crafting powers for good & donate knitted, crocheted or stitched items to specialist charities supporting women in vulnerable situations. So grab your needles, hook or thread, pick your cause & get your craft on!

Knitted Knockers

THE MISSION
To provide knitted & crocheted breast prothesis to women who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Each knocker is handcrafted to personalised requests by a voluntary team based around the UK.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Knitted Knockers have a fantastic group of crafters on board at the moment and they aren’t requiring any more volunteers at the moment. However, it’s worth keeping an eye on their facebook page as applications do reopen regularly for knockerettes. Find out more about the project on their website.

Images from knitted knockers uk, bt & bbc

Dress a Girl Around the World

THE MISSION
With the vision ‘Every girl deserves at least one dress’, this organisation distributes handmade dresses for little girls around the world. Since starting the project in October 2009, over 1 million dresses have been delivered to 81 countries!

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Ambassadors are located around the world to answer any questions and collect donations from stitchers. You can send donations directly to an ambassador located in the UK and the website has a number of pattern suggestions and guidelines which must be followed (e.g. no buttons).

Images from dress a girl around the world

The Baby Pack Project

THE MISSION
The Baby Pack Project was born after a local woman learnt that newborn babies were being sent home from a clinic in Kwa Zulu Natal wrapped in newspaper. The aim is to provide new mothers in South Africa with a pack of basic baby items. These mothers would otherwise have nothing for their newborn baby & so these packs containing essentials such as cloth nappies, mittens, a small blanket and toy are invaluable!

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Knitters are needed to create blankets, toys and baby clothes for babies born in the poorest areas of Kwa Zulu Natal province. These can be posted directly to South Africa where they will be distributed. Full details & patterns are available on the organisation’s website.

SIMBA

THE MISSION
SIMBA offers a range of support for mothers and families affected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or close to the time of birth. As well as bereavement support groups & palliative care study days, they offer Memory Boxes for families who have recently lost a baby. These are filled with items representing the short but precious time they have spent with their baby including a knitted teddy, blanket and butterfly.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
SIMBA are on the lookout for knitters to donate and have a variety of patterns which can be downloaded from their website here. Donations can be sent to a UK address and their facebook page is full of inspiration & creations from other knitters.

Images from SIMBA

Days for Girls

THE MISSION
Since 2008, Days for Girls has been working to increase access to menstrual products for women and girls worldwide. After discovering that many girls hid inside for several days each month, it was clear something had to be done & DFG kits are now being distributed across the world, having reached more than one million women and girls in 125+ countries! The kits contain a variety of items to assist women with that time of the month so there’s no more hiding away.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Days for Girls programs are located all over the world, with teams creating & distributing DFG kits to those in need. There are plenty of teams already in the UK & you can sign up as a solo sewist to create donations in your own home. You’ll also have acess to DfG copyrighted patterns and can connect to your local DfG Chapter or Team for additional questions and support. Click here to find out more.

Images from days for girls

Little Dresses for Africa

THE MISSION
Little Dresses for Africa’s aim is to provide relief to vulnerable children throughout Africa, starting with the introduction of a little dress. The road is especially tough for little girls and young women and simple dresses created by crafters all over the world plant the seed that they are worthy. With an initial aim of donating 1000 dresses to a single village, the organisation has now exceeded 8 million, with items being sent to 84 countries in and around Africa.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
The organisation is looking for donations of simple dresses from stitchers. There are patterns available on the website, including one for a super simple pillowcase dress. All donations will need to be sent to America

Images from little dresses for Africa for distribution.

The Innocent Big Knit

THE MISSION
The Big Knit was set up by Innocent smoothies to raise money for Age UK – the UK’S largest charity working for older people. The concept is based on little knitted hats which are donated by voluntary knitters & sit on top of Innocent smoothie bottles. Since it’s launch in 2003, over 7.5 million hats have been donated and a total of nearly £2.5 million has been raised for Age UK which supports local and national winter projects to help older people keep warm and well in winter.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
It’s so easy to get involved in this project! You can find a number of patterns available on the website, from a simple bobble hat to a unicorn hat & donations can be sent to a UK address or taken to your local Age UK.

Images from the big knit, Age Action & Innocent drinks.

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