Donating Craft Supplies

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June 10, 2009

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.


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.


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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January 9, 20180 found this helpful
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You could donate to a senior center, Girl Scouts, or even an animal shelter.


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January 9, 20180 found this helpful
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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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January 9, 20181 found this helpful
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Local homeless or abused-women's shelters including YWCA.


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January 10, 20180 found this helpful
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Donate them to your local thrift shop.


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January 14, 20180 found this helpful
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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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May 16, 20160 found this helpful

Contact Youth and Senior Centers, battered women's centers in your area, donate to thrifts, homeless shelters, etc. Also check Freecycle in your area.


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May 17, 20160 found this helpful

Any nursing or assisted living facility would love to have them. The older ladies love making jewelry.

May 18, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks, I'll try that.

June 8, 20160 found this helpful

I make memory wire bracelets and other little bracelets to not only go in shoe boxes at Xmas but to go to orphanages in South Africa. This helps my manual dexterity which is affected by my multiple sclerosis.


I have personally seen the happiness on some of the children's faces. Would be grateful to receive any beads thankyou

October 2, 20160 found this helpful

My name is Eva Myers, I am 64 years old, I also design and make jewelry ,I also work with clay, crochet ,etc. I was in a bad accident at my job and everything to a stop. I am starting over and would love it if I could some supplies of all kinds, anything would help ,its like an answer to a prayer .I worked at a Strawbridges here in N. j. I sold furniture, carpets, rugs bedding and did some interior decorating. I realy miss working, but I can barely walk now I am looking at about 3 surgeries, but I don,t just sit in my room , but I can't stand or walk much.


I need books or magazines. I make it month to month , but I am blessed, I still live and feel like I,m being taken care of like one of God,s children. It would be perfect if I could get help.
Thank you for listening to me, I know I probably babbled to much,but again thank you
Eva Myers
617 N.White Horse Pike
Laurel Springs
N.J. 08021

My phone is being fixed,the storm knocked out the line

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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?


January 20, 20170 found this helpful

Hospice agency volunteer coordinators are always looking for supplies for parties and holidays. They need them !!


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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

Senior citizen centers and nursing homes would love to have them. I donated many movie DVDs to a nursing home. The residents need something to do.


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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

Your neighborhood pre-school or elementary school would surely appreciate these "artful" supplies!


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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

Hospice is definitely a great place to donate as almost all of the profits are used for a very worthy cause but since these are mostly scrapbooking supplies it seems donating where children are involved would be really nice.

Have you checked to see if there is a children's hospital or rehabilitation center anywhere near you? I know they use this sort of stuff all the time.

Maybe you could look on line for something like this and make a few phone calls before making any trips.


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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

Mental Health centres would be a good idea. Here is one in Central Minn. Here is the link though I do not know whether they accept those sorts of donations:

And honestly, schools are woefully underfunded at this stage of things. Near where I live there's a tiny, nonprofit pre K Learning Centre, and they always love to get good quality art supplies.

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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.

May 27, 20160 found this helpful

Hi John my name is Sophia just starting out a senior crafts program in Colorado would love to pay for shipping for your items please contact Sophia at 303-476-3629

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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!!

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.

March 6, 20160 found this helpful

You could also try your local elementary school or homeschool group. :) I love the homeless shelter idea the best from Sandi though.

May 27, 20161 found this helpful

The seniors at my Center would love to have them. Please contact me program starts in three weeks 303-476-3629

June 18, 20160 found this helpful

Where can I donate craft items such as ribbon etc?

November 26, 20160 found this helpful

Sophia, I have a few Herrschner stamped for cross stitch kits I ordered in 2004 and haven't got to. Can I ship them to you? They are complete and large enough for older folks to be able to see. Please let me know. I will ship them right away and I will pay the shipping.

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August 13, 2019

Where can I donate needlepoint canvases?

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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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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.

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.

May 27, 20160 found this helpful

Seniors that my Center would love to have these items just starting out please contact me Sophia at 303-476-3629

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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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September 15, 20160 found this helpful

A school or Sunday School would love to have these. Teachers spend many of their own dollars to buy craft and educational supplies from their own pockets so any donation helps. You'ld be amazed how resourceful teachers can be to use any odd thing.

September 19, 20160 found this helpful

If anyone has GREETING CARDS or CALENDARS they'd like to see put to good use, I would be delighted to receive them. I'm an environmental educator and teach repurposed workshops to kids of all ages! Send to: Casey, Earth Inspired Crafts and Education, PO Box 1981, Allen, TX 75013-1981. Thank you SO MUCH!

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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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July 31, 20160 found this helpful

Where do you live? If you are computer savvy, you can put the whole lot on Craigslist and make a little money. Or, donate to the local nursing home, sewing guild, or look at the local charity places around your town and do a little at each. I am sure she would be very proud.

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July 10, 2017

If you have an excessive amount of yarn, it would be great to donate it to a school, nursing home, or someone that needs it for a special project. This is a page about donating yarn.

balls of yarn

May 26, 2013

When cleaning out your fabric stash, consider donating the fabric you can't use to charity. This is a page about donating fabric to charity.


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