Getting Fabric Donations for Charity Projects?

February 12, 2014

I have a huge collection of fabric and am looking for an organization that could make use of it. I would be willing to drive it to the location if it is not too far.

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November 22, 2019

Since retiring I have found a new passion, making quilts for homeless children and abused women and children. I have used up all my fabric stash and would love to find places/persons that might be willing to donate fabric for this cause. I live on Social Security and cannot afford the fabric on my own.

Thank you so much.

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November 22, 20190 found this helpful
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You could write a mission statement and send to neighboring companies or fabric stores asking if they'd like to help out.

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In addition post you can post on NextDoor for donations. :)

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November 23, 20190 found this helpful
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This is a wonderful thing you are doing and it is for a great cause. I would try and contact a local newspaper or even a news station to tell them your story. They might even air this on TV and people will be so willing to help out. Other than this you can try to post on Facebook and tell people what you are doing, Craigslist is another good one to post on and so is Freecycle. I wish you a lot of luck and it is wonderful that you are helping out like this.

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November 25, 20190 found this helpful
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Hope you can utilize some of the suggestions offered.

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Perhaps you could write up a short summery of what you are doing and what you need to be able to continue doing this and then add why you cannot afford to purchase supplies on your own (age, SS, etc). Be sure to state what type materials you need (such as all cotton?) unless you plan to use all types.
Add pictures of quilts if possible.
Have this available to post on the sites already mentioned. Be aware that some 'donations' may located several miles away so try and contact the person before you make the trip.
(but Nextdoor for sure - nextdoor.com/
Print several so you can have them available to give to anyone you meet that may be able to help.

I would suggest you make a check off list of the places you have made donations as well as any churches in your neighborhood (you do not have to be a member) and any charity thrift stores that are in your area.

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Take your flyers to all of these places as these are usually the places that are most helpful.
If you belong to any clubs be sure to talk with members or just pay a visit and ask for help (Women's Club, Garden Club, Shriner's & other clubs all have women's auxiliaries and you do not have to be a member to ask for help. These types of clubs have always been willing to help in my area.

Check out any quilting shops in your area (zip code Google) and take your flyer as these are very good sources and many will help a good cause.

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January 31, 2020

I am an educator and we are looking for fleece fabric. Our elementary kids are participating in a STEAM day and we are planning on making dog toys for our local animal shelter. Is there anyone that can point me in a direction to get fabric donated for this event?

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Thank you!

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February 1, 20200 found this helpful
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I would go and talk with your local fabric stores in the area. If they know you are hosting this even they might donate the fabric to you. Also, send home notes with the kids at school. There are a lot of parents who sew or do crafts and they could also help in donating the fabric needed for this project. Put out some flyers in your local markets. People will be so happy to help out for a good cause like this.

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February 1, 20200 found this helpful
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Where I am all of the big box stores have donation fatigue and will not help. Some will offer discounts if you are willing to pay something for the items. Most have 50% off coupons so they will go slightly more than that if you can help defray the costs yourself.

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Setting up a go fund me for the project is the best way to raise money for projects like this. You set your goal and ask your social media contacts to help (and share).

The other option is to put a notice on your local Freecycle or NextDoor.com or if you have Facebook market place groups that are local and ask for donations of the fabric...you may get something that way.

Post back with updates!! I wish you all the best!! Hope the pupsters can get lots of toys from your program!! Prayers and blessings!

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February 1, 20200 found this helpful
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What I see as your biggest problem is the type of material that you plan to use. This will limit your fabric donations considerably.
Sometimes our local craft stores will allow someone involved in projects like this to post a flyer on their notice boards but you have to be very specific about what you need - type and especially the smallest size you can use.
Flyer should have all information (brief) with contact numbers and a picture or two helps - either of people involved or pictures of items you will be making.
Google quilting shops in your area and see if they will allow a poster.

Our local Humane Society Thrift Store also allows this so check with them also.
Go Fund Me is a good idea if you still have time to get it set up.
Craigslist and Freecycle have wanted sites but be very specific about what you can use - not just 'fabric'.

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November 3, 2014

Where can I get donations of fabric and thread for a youth group? I teach them dance and help them stay off the street and teach them self respect. I need fabric for their dance costumes and I cannot cover the cost alone.

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I am looking for fabric donations to make pillow cases for children with cancer. Where do I begin?

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June 27, 2018

I'm from a church where our ladies are making fleece blankets to donate to hospitals and shelters, etc. and we are looking for donations of fleece asap. We are located in southern Michigan. Does anyone have suggestions on who we can ask and where we can look? We are willing to drive if not far away.

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June 28, 20180 found this helpful
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Hi..there are always people on our Nextdoor site nextdoor.com/ with fabric...so maybe if you have the same sites you can find a match in your area. Or put out a wanted notice for what you need...if you include pix of your finished products people would see your nice work!

There is also a center in Ann Arbor (like we have in Pittsburgh) that is a non profit...maybe you can work with them:

scrapbox.org/

This list has a bunch of Michigan sites that take donations...perhaps you could partner to divert fleece for your projects:

www.reimaginetrash.org/.../

My last suggestion is one of my favorite things to do which is barter....maybe your group and another church or religious group could do trades...for example if they are knitting baby hats for preemies, perhaps they would trade you their fleece for your unwanted yarn.

As a last result you could approach your local big box charities like Goodwill and Salvation Army and see if they would work with you. I have heard some limited success stories with this....but not in my neck of the woods.

Good luck! This sounds like a neat project!

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January 15, 2017

I'm making stylish head wraps for cancer patients and looking for fabric donations. Any suggestions?

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August 6, 2017

My name is Jessica and I am working on my Silver Award for Girl Scouts and I am wanting to make fleece blankets for Children's hospital. I was wondering how to get some fleece donations for my project?

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October 23, 2008

I am in need of free fabric. As part of this years Project Graduation decorating committee, I need to transform the school into a magical place. Project Graduation is an all night party which is hosted by parents of graduating seniors.

This party provides a safe, drug and alcohol free environment full of fun activities on the night of graduation. This years theme will take seniors on a tour of the world. My area is Asia. Where can I find fabric donations?

Kathleen from North Branford, CT

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October 23, 20081 found this helpful

I used to work at a sewing factory, and they throw away lots. Check your local phone book to locate sewing factories and just ask, you'll be surprised.

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October 23, 20081 found this helpful

Got to www.freecycle.com and join the one for your state/city. You can post a wanted on there and you will probably get some answers. This is also great to get rid of unwanted stuff cluttering your home or possibly receiving something you might need for it. Good Luck.

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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

Or put an ad on CraigsList for your area; they have a "wanted" section where you can post for things that you are looking for. People are usually pretty good about donating for a school project; you might even get lucky and find some crafty person who could help with any sewing that might need to be done. Good luck!

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October 24, 20080 found this helpful

If you can not find free fabric, scout local businesses for cash donations and buy the fabric. Most places are more than willing to donate for a chem and alchohol free graduation. Our local organizers get everything donated .

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October 24, 20080 found this helpful

JOIN FREECYCLE! www.freecycle.org

It is a national network and they should have an online group in your area. It is basically an online community where people post things they want to give away for free (absolutely no selling allowed!). You can also make requests for specific things you are looking for for yourself, someone you know, or for organizations you work with.

I have found it to be very useful, and feel great that less stuff is ending up in landfills. good luck.

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October 24, 20080 found this helpful

A local lady sews for charity. She had heard about a company that carried fabric, that was going out of business. She wrote them about her cause. They were VERY generous with her. Hope you're able to find some, too. Good Luck!!

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October 24, 20080 found this helpful

Join freecycle :) Besides belonging to my local freecycle I am also a member of one in N.D. and NEB. (for the times when I go on vacation)
They have things that my city doesn't, like antiques and souviners :)

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October 25, 20080 found this helpful

When I volunteered to do quilt making for heritage days at my local elementary school, I took a letter from the school with the schools letter head and went to my local wal-mart and other fabric stores. Everyone was kind enough to donate all sorts of supplies. I just made sure I made a big "thank you" with poster board with all their business names and placed it in full view in my working area.

I took photos of several of the children around the poster board, working on their quilt samples. I took each business that donated copies of the photos with thank you cards. The kids loved it and all the business's displayed the photos. It was a great success. You just don't know till you ask and make sure to thank them. All of them were very interested as to how it worked out.

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October 25, 20080 found this helpful

Freecycle and Craig's list are great resources, but also go to your local fabric store, and decorator stores ask if they have any discontinued fabrics that you could buy for a discount or if they would be willing to donate some. Also, try to contact local interior designers, they often have sources of sample fabrics that can get donated. Ask EVERYONE you know, it's amazing what some people have in their homes, you might even find someone who would lend you something for the weekend.

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I'm looking for leftover fabric scraps or clippings to create animal shelter toys with my students. Where can I start? Where can we go to find those donations?

Thank you!

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February 10, 2017

I am looking for any quilting material donations. I am sewing quilts for sick kids that have cancer or autism and lap blankets for the vets and elderly as well. Where can I get donations? Any suggestions?
Please help!
Thanks.

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I have a wonderful seeing machine, and am willing to sew masks to donate, but I really need supplies. I don't have the money to buy fabric and unable to get out due to foot surgery. Any suggestions on finding donations would be appreciated!

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October 17, 2019

I am a Girl Scout working on a charity project. I need fleece fabric and because I am young I do not have an income. So how do I find free fleece?

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October 3, 2019

I'm an up and coming fashion designer and I'm looking for free fabric. My daughter was hit by a car in 2011; my life was so down. But then it's put me back into my fashion design pursuits. I'm ready to do what I like doing. I look at her and it gives me strength. She came so far. Right now we are on a fixed income and that's why I'm trying to see if I can get help. Any fabric will be fine.

Thank you.

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July 9, 2018

I have been making quilts for the Quilts for Kids organization for the past year. I would like to find fabric donations so that can continue making these quilts and NICU gowns. Any help is deeply appreciated.
Thanks.

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I'm the Recruitment Chair and Co-Founder of a local sorority called Kappa Rho Delta at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo, CA!

I am currently looking for locations to receive donated fabric or discounted fabric to use for charity projects such as the Snuggles Project where we create no-sew fleece blankets for animal shelters, Project Linus where we create those same blankets for children in crisis around the country, and Capes for Kids where we create capes to donate to children in shelters and hospitals to help remind them they are strong!

As a nonprofit organization, our sorority likes to partner with different companies where we can receive donations or discounts for projects and we promote their company on our website and around campus as well as receiving tax information from the charities we work with to provide them with if it is available.

"The mission of Kappa Rho Delta is to inspire, motivate, and empower women to create an inclusive and diverse environment through philanthropy and promoting awareness. Our focus is to help all forms of life that cannot help themselves such as children, animals, and the environment."

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