Finding Free Craft Supplies for Charity Projects

February 19, 2017

I am a teacher at Alexander Hamilton Elementary, an inner city school, in Baltimore Maryland. I am starting a crochet class for my students. I am in need of donations of yarn and needles.


Anything information you can send regarding where and how to secure donations would be appreciated. Learning crochet will help students cope with adversities in their lives.


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February 19, 20171 found this helpful

I'm a teacher. Register at You can request supplies or money to buy them.


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February 19, 20171 found this helpful

I assume you have tried craigslist free from your town, or any other local Facebook buy sell trade groups? I am certain 100's of people where you are have supplies to donate.

YOu can also go here and look up local knitting groups, stitch & bitch gatherings (yes, this really is a thing) and somesuch here:



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February 20, 20171 found this helpful

Of course you will need a continuing supply of these items, especially yarn, so you will have to keep your "ads" running in FreeCycle and Craig's List but try to update them once in a while.
At our church we have projects like this going on all the time and, as a rule, people are very generous when it comes to helping children. Maybe you could try asking for help at your local church. They could put a notice in their Sunday announcements bulletin, on their bulletin board, and maybe make an announcement at one of their weekly services.


Some churches have a thrift store so check some of these out. You may need to make up a bulletin/poster explaining what you are planning and try to add a photo of the kids.
Sometimes local grocery stores, Walgreens, CVS, etc. will let us put posters like this in their windows (for a short period of time). Like I mentioned earlier, you may have to try several avenues because supplies will continue to be needed.


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February 20, 20171 found this helpful

Learning to crochet is a terrific way for anyone to become more confident! Perhaps ask your students to consider any senior citizens in their neighbourhood.


If a child came to my door, I'd give one of mine.


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February 20, 20171 found this helpful

Try sending a letter asking for donations on your schools letterhead stationary to places like hobby lobby, michaels, walmart, redheart yarn and such. Also, don't forget asking groups such as the lions club, scouts and such. Also ask on local facebook swaps.


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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

If you are teaching crochet you will need hooks, not needles. Those are for knitting. I only mention it so you don't get supplies that won't work. Good plan and good luck!!

February 4, 20180 found this helpful

Hello im a knitter and crocher. Im in dire need of yarn supplies. For my local charties. Such as 1. Prayer shawel

2. Make scarves and hats for the homeless


3. Make baby clothes for single mothers with no income. So if you would kindly get back with me thank you ms Donovan

July 19, 20180 found this helpful

I have yarn and crochet hooks to donate. Are you still looking for this? I live in Baltimore.

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April 17, 2011

A friend and I volunteer at our local nursing home and we need yarn, embroidery floss, hoops, plastic canvas, and needles. So, if anyone has extra and would like to donate or has suggestions for where we can procure donations, please help. I almost forgot knitting needles and crochet hooks are needed as well.

Thank you!

By Debbie


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April 17, 20110 found this helpful

Well Debbie, I would suggest you try Hobby Lobby. Find out if they would be willing to make a donation from their corporate office. You can also try other hobby stores in your area if you don't have a hobby lobby. Most companies can use the tax write off.


Your second option is ask the Goodwills in your area for donations. Some have hobby supplies and some don't (and I have been in many Goodwills so I know).

Another thing you can do is ask the local churches to request donations from their congregation for the materials you could use. Make sure when you ask the churches that they know you are looking for the craft supplies and not money. You would be surprised that most churches would be more willing to help gather supplies than acquire the money for them. To make your request more believable you can tell churches they can deliver supplies right to the nursing home or you can pick them up. Ask the nursing home if this is OK and if they want a particular name on deliveries so they know where the stuff goes. Your effort is more believable to the church people if they have a name from someone at the home that can verify your purpose.

April 20, 20110 found this helpful

Put up signs in Nursing Home for donations from visitors. Put an add in the local paper. Hope this helps. Happy Easter! Karen :D

January 26, 20151 found this helpful

I have oddball yarn scraps if you are interested in them. They range from large balls to tiny balls of yarn.

November 4, 20150 found this helpful

Hi Debbie,

I realize you posted this message awhile ago. I use to do a lot of crocheting however, my husband and I are moving and I cannot take the yarn to our new home. I have boxes of yarn and would very much like to give it to someone who will use it for a good cause.
Please let me know if you are interested.

October 17, 20170 found this helpful

I have craft supplies I am willing to donate.

March 20, 20180 found this helpful

I just read this article for your yàrn that you don't need. I belong to a church crochet group. We consists of seventeen women that we crochet for homeless and people who are ill. We rely heavily on donations for our projects. If you still have the yàrn, please contact us. We need everything we can get. Thanks St. Peter and St. Paul church group

January 2, 20190 found this helpful

I'm putting together a list of organizations currently accepting yarn donations. This will go out to 15,000 knitters. If you are still looking for yarn donations please email me. Thank you.

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August 27, 2019

I love working for our church and like to share my crafts with women in our church and community. I am currently starting a women's community outreach fellowship.

My question is, how do I get materials donated from companies that are not in season or that they are just not wanting. It gets pretty expensive out of pocket.


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August 27, 20190 found this helpful

Put want ads on Freecycle and Craigslist.

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January 5, 2011

My mom and I crochet and knit hats, scarves, and headbands for local church groups. We crochet toys for the local school and library reading programs, wash clothes for the abuse shelter, and also pet mats and toys for the Humane Society.

We make beaded bracelets for the Relay For Life walk and sew blankets, headbands, scarves, and hats for the local abuse shelter. My mom is on disability and I am unemployed. We are in need of free yarn, beading supplies, animal/cat safety eyes and fabric/ fleece. If you know of any way we could receive free supplies to continue our charity efforts please let me know. Thanks.

By Amy from Wahpeton, ND


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January 5, 20111 found this helpful

If there are freecycyle groups in your area join them and ask for what you need. You also might find really good buys on the supplies that you need in the non-profit thrift stores.


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January 5, 20111 found this helpful

All I can suggest is to look for supplies at thrift shops, that's where I get all of my yarn for my projects, as yarn otherwise is too expensive.

January 12, 20111 found this helpful

Also, look on Craig's List for free items. I get some of mine at garage sales too - a lot of yarn and beads. Also, send out an email to your friends and family members who might have items they no longer want or will use. Ask them to pass it along to their email friends, who live in the same area as you do. Offer to go pick it up, as they might be more likely to donate it. And, any other groups you belong to - like church, etc. contact the right person and request supplies.

January 15, 20111 found this helpful

I have some supplies. Please supply your address, I will mail to you.

January 17, 20111 found this helpful

Hi! I am a crafter also. You might contact craft/beading supply websites & ask them to donate their out of stock extra's, etc. Some co.'s will do that, as a donation tax write off on their taxes!Check them out! Hope this info. is helpful! Linda

January 19, 20111 found this helpful

Have you joined your local freecycle group online? That is an awesome place. It helps to recycle things. It's all free and helps keep things out of the land fill. I have even received a much needed car from there. If you are not a member, you can go to then find your state and city. Ours has even expanded to have a group for pets. It is truly a wonderful place

December 16, 20151 found this helpful

Hello. I have a very large scarf that can be taken apart and used to knit other things. If you are interested, please message me with your address, and I will mail it to you.

April 12, 20180 found this helpful

Please am very interested

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January 29, 2016

Two students from Lincoln University are wanting to set up a project for making hats and gloves for the homeless. We need as much wool as we can to make this happen, does anyone have any suggestions of where we can get donations?

Thank you.


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January 30, 20161 found this helpful

I did a fundraiser for Marion and Polk Food Share in Salem OR. I crocheted 14 1000' balls of chain to represent the 14,000 kids they feed each month from food boxes.
When done, I donated the balls to the Sassy Stitchers who used them to unravel and make hats for the homeless. We made 195 total and I advertised on Craigslist, and actually went to the thrift stores and they helped a lot.
NOTE: However, I caution you to not use wool. It has to be dry cleaned and your recipients can barely get their clothes clean much less afford that. If your stitch is close enough your acrylic hats will be warm enough to rival any wool hat.
I wish you luck!!


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January 30, 20162 found this helpful

Sandi, you are an inspiration:) What a lovely project to use your crochet skills for, and what an excellent, thoughtful suggestion re using acrylic yarns instead of wool!

@Adeleandmolly - Lincoln University in the UK, or somewhere in the US? If in the UK, many local yarn stores keep bin ends to donate to worthy projects.

To add to Sandi's thoughts on using wool - many people are allergic or sensitive to wool. So far no-one has ever come up with an acrylic allergy or sensitivity:)


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January 31, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks Sunni: It was a labor of love to be sure. Not to get too high up on my soap box but that year people spent 1 "BILLION" dollars on two movies but we can't feed our kids.
And if she goes to the thrift stores and tells them her intentions, they often donate too. I even had the manager or CraftWorld give me a 100.00 gift card so it was amazing how many people will help. I hope she does a bang up job!!

February 8, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you for your help! Your project sounds really good, what a great idea! Would you at all be interested in getting involved?

Thank you!!

February 8, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you for your advice, we are in the UK are will defiantly take it all on board,
Thank you!

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February 17, 2017

I need to know where to find supplies. I am trying to find donations for fabrics, buttons, lace, ribbon, and yarns to sew stuffed animals, lap quilts, hats, bags, and pillow cases for the local hospital's pediatric department and ER. As a nurse I see the need for how small handmade items make a world of difference.


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February 18, 20171 found this helpful

Sounds like a nice project. My local hospital "frowns" on homemade gifts that are not from the patient's family; but I feel sure not all hospitals have this rule.
You can place a free ad in your local Freecycle or Craigs List but local churches also seem to be generous and helpful when presented with a project like this. Also, your local Hospice may be able to help with gathering supplies.


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February 18, 20170 found this helpful

Have been there, done that for many projects..Many years the art director for 100-150 kids for Bible School. I designed projects easy for adults to follow as leader assistants, age worthy from preschool to 6th grade. THEN making my NEEDS list, I put my needs to the church newsletter, and not just my church, other other churches too. Be surprised what comes from sewing and craft baskets. Esp when it can be something recycled again for another purpose. I am one who checks every free or reduced price bin at crafting stores. Often when my project could benefit, I would talk to the manager to ask for price reduction (on alot of items) or simple donation. I DO carry my church's Non-Profit State ID information, to prove I am legit. When doing Lutheran World Relief personal care kits..Haiti, East Coast flooding, hurricanes, etc. I would explain to stores, including big box stores..and many gave us free items from bath towels, to the 7 items required on our reduced prices of less than 50% of sale. I am not too proud to beg...whether a spot on the local radio station at news time (write your own info and speak) to writing articles in local newspapers of what you are doing. Speak up. People will respond. Your project is important and you are willing to make that difference. Good Luck, God Bless.....Grandma J


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February 19, 20170 found this helpful

Put an ad in Freecycle or Craigslist. You can also go to fabric stores and ask for material.


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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

Any church thrift shop can give you clothing donations. There is a lot of material, and accessories like buttons and zippers, do make crafts.

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January 24, 2017

I am looking for a donation of a Accuquilt Go Fabric Cutter and some dies and mats for my girls' youth program where I teach girls how to sew. We make quilts for sick kids in the hospital. Even fabric would be greatly appreciated. Where can I look for donations?


January 25, 20170 found this helpful

I would suggest asking around at all the stores that sell fabric and sewing supplies in your area. Include walmart. Assure them you will put a label saying "Supplies donated by..." their store name on the completed projects.


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January 25, 20170 found this helpful

Freecycle and Craigslist would be my first choices.You could also go to fabric stores and see if they have remnants that they would be willing to donate.


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January 25, 20170 found this helpful

wow, I would totally contact your local quilt guild. My mum belongs to one and they are forever doing public charity initiatives, or individually members are always getting rid of supplies.

Here's a link to good quilting guilds nationwide:

January 26, 20170 found this helpful

you could put a request in freecycle, craig list... put an adin local paper.... yo could write to the company that makes the fabric cutter..... and just put the word out among friends... Good luck

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August 23, 2016

I just moved to Philadelphia and in that move I lost a lot of yarn that I was using to make baby hats, booties, mittens, and blankets. Right now I'm trying to get back on my feet, so I can't buy any at this time.

If anyone can give me any suggestions and all info you have on finding donations, I would very much be grateful.


January 15, 20170 found this helpful

Try joining your local "Moms" facebook page if there is one in your area. Try searching Facebook under terms like "moms" and your town and county names.
Then ask the moms if they have any extra yarn they'd be willing to donate so you can make these things.

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February 16, 2015

I do this thing with my friends where we make scarfs and hats to give to homeless shelters and children in need. But we can't afford to get too much yarn and it's a really big shelter. So if anyone can tell me where to get free yarn, I would be so grateful.

Thank you.

By princess31657 from Mississauga, ON


August 4, 20170 found this helpful

I don't know of any places that would give away free yarn but, many places like Salvation Army and such have bins of yarns for next to nothing. My daughter gets it a lot from these type places.

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August 15, 2017

In order to make scarves, hats, mittens, blankets, and other items for a variety of charities, donations of supplies are a necessity. This is a page about finding free yarn for charity projects.

A group of friends knitting projects for charity.

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