Donating Craft Supplies

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sewing and yarn suppliesI am a big-time crafter with yarns. I do crochet, knit, and plastic canvas, and some latch hook. Basically if it has to do with yarn I do it. Which means I always have a huge amount of yarn here, and I also have well over 100 pattern books and pattern leaflets too.


I have put it in my will that all of my crafting materials are to go to an adult care center or a nursing home. Whichever one that will take it. I didn't specify a particular place because their situation may change and they may not be able to take it.

But this way I know that all my years worth of collecting this stuff won't go to waste when I die. And since I don't have any family to leave it to, I know that someone will get it and appreciate it.

By Cricket from Parkton, NC

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October 17, 2011

Has anyone ever thought about what will happen to all of our craft things when we die? It's kind of a morbid thing to think about, I know, but has anyone ever thought about it?


I did, and actually put it into my will what I want done with it.

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June 9, 2011

When I was art director for Bible School, I would setup boxes in the schools with the request they ask parents before donating, and they would dump their old supplies in the last day of school.

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September 11, 2007

Donate your craft items that you know you won't use to a local shelter workshop. Many shelter workshops do not have work for the clients to do on a consistent basis, yet they still need something to do while there.

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June 14, 2005

Teachers spend so much of their own money on materials for the classes. They are always happy to receive old magazines and used craft items.


Color books have so many uses for children's crafts, especially seasonal type of pictures.

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January 9, 2018

Where can I donate about 4 boxes of uncovered stuffed pillows? The sizes are 15x15 and 12x12. See attached photos.

Donating Stuffed Pillows - several pillow forms
Donating Stuffed Pillows - pillow forms in a box


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You could donate to a senior center, Girl Scouts, or even an animal shelter.

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You can donate to Goodwill, or post for free on Craigslist to someone who might want them.

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Local homeless or abused-women's shelters including YWCA.

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Donate them to your local thrift shop.

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These are rather small pillows so you may want to call any of these centers before making a trip.

  • The Salvation Army probably uses a lot of pillows during the cold season but may not be able to use this size as covers are needed for all pillows. But they do help a lot of needy people get through cold seasons.
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  • Someplace like the Hospice Thrift store or even Habitat Thrift store may be able to sell these and most of their collected money goes to good causes.
  • You may want to divide the boxes if they cannot use all 4 boxes (how many in each box?).
  • Addresses and phone numbers for most of these places can be found on Google (donation centers and your zip).
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May 16, 2016

I make beaded necklaces and earrings. I have a number of beads I know I will never use and would like to donate them. These are good quality beads made from glass and stone. Any suggestions?

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January 20, 2017

I have a lot of scrapbooking supplies that I am looking to donate to a good cause that will get some use out of them. Any ideas of any in the central Minnesota area?

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December 1, 2014

I have tons of beads and jewelry making supplies to donate to some organization that would really enjoy them, but do not know who or how to go about doing this.

By Jill B.


December 1, 20140 found this helpful

I serve a school that could use some art supplies. We have an art teacher one half of the school year for three days a week, but the other half we are on our own.


Especially for supplies! Our students are wonderful children, but very poor. Any consideration if still available would be appreciated.

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February 25, 2016

I have craft kits that have all the the necessary parts. I need a place to donate them. I have kits for a stamped cross stitch tree shirt and pot holders, some latch hook large seasonal banners, felt gift card and ornaments, bubble beads for making coasters and a napkin holder, and plastic canvas for coasters and ornaments.


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February 26, 20162 found this helpful

Senior centers, day care centers and homeless shelters. That is a good place to start. Good luck!!

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February 26, 20162 found this helpful

Your local senior center is the best place. Many seniors aren't as active as they used to be, but these projects are things they can still do and enjoy.

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November 3, 2018

Can you recommend a place to donate plastic canvas sheets? I have over 100. I no longer pursue this hobby. I have many other supplies if any interest.

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August 13, 2019

Where can I donate needlepoint canvases?

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March 24, 2015

I have fabric, yardage as well as remnants, and yarn of varying types, fancy to basic, and would like to donate. I also have doll making supplies, heads, bodies, hair, etc. I have inherited these craft supplies and would like to donate in the Bakersfield, Visalia, Fresno, California area. Any suggestions?

By Theresa T.


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March 24, 20150 found this helpful

You might consider donating your "stash" to a senior center, boy's and girl's clubs, homeless shelter, etc., in your area.

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March 25, 20150 found this helpful

Quilters and knitters who make goods for others would welcome your yard and fabric ends. For the remainder, why not post an advertisement on kijiji or Craigslist?

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April 27, 20150 found this helpful

A local Brownie or Girl Scout troop would be great. Back in the dark ages when I was a Brownie and Scout our leaders had to beg for this sort of thing. Another place you might try is your local middle school. I used to sub for a school district in Houston and I found that the art teachers prayed for stashes such as yours.


All that stuff takes years to acquire and it is sheer heaven to have it dumped in your lap by a kind hearted soul.

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September 12, 2016

I am downsizing and have some craft supplies to purge - stuffed animal patterns, felt, fabric, pipecleaners, etc. I do not have large quantities of anything, but would love to donate what I have to anyone in the Minneapolis area who could put them to use.

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July 26, 2016

I have about a truck load of material/fabric to get rid of. My mother-in-law passed and one whole room is full. I also have knitting needles, quilting supplies, and anything for sewing and crafting I'm sure she has.

I will donate to a good cause or sell really cheap.

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