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Donating Fabric to Charity

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When cleaning out your fabric stash, consider donating the fabric you can't use to charity. This is a guide about donating fabric to charity.
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April 25, 2017

I have fabric that I would like to give to someone in the S.F. Bay area. I am sure someone or a group could use it. My zip code is 94070

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April 25, 20171 found this helpful

You can donate it to Goodwill or a quilt guild. Here is a guild locator:

https://themode  om/guild_locator

If it's the right type of fabric I could take it off your hands for my sewing projects and classes. I'm 20 miles away.

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April 26, 20170 found this helpful

Try calling the churches to see if they have ladies quilting group. also, call the nursing homes. Most here take it for their residents to sew or they pass it to various groups who make lap robes for them

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October 21, 2017

I live in Rhode Island and have hundreds of pounds of fabric in perfect condition. My mother collected it for the last 50 years. The pieces are at least a yard and up to 30.

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There are all types, mostly cotton. Any ideas of who could use it? They would need to pick it up in Cranston RI. I don't want it to go to waste. Thank you.

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April 20, 2010

I have lot of free fabric samples. Anyone have any ideas where I can donate them? Thanks.

By Janet from Milwaukee, WI

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

Janet - I imagine lots of folks would love to have your samples! Out of curiosity, how big are they?

If you're wanting to donate them, I bet a local school, church, or maybe even a nursing home would happily take them. They all do crafts! Or, if you can't find any takers that way, maybe look at offering the samples through freecycle or craigslist (although I've heard about some weirdos on craigslist).

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I think you won't have any problems finding someone to take them off your hands. Best of luck!

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

Ask the art teacher at your local school. I'll bet they would love to have them.

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

You could check the comments on this thread:

http://www.thri  5268733.tip.html

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

There are quilters who sew blankets for the poor homeless & earthquake victims.

Also donate to senior centers, senior homes or any elementary schools, even high school sewing classes & kids after-school art programs! Or the boys & girls club if they have an art program. You could call you town's park department.

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You can also put an ad on the Free part of Craig's list. But donating them to a school or the seniors center would be best! Many seniors make quilts then raffle them off for charity, so you would be helping others!

You can donate them to Goodwill & get a tax write-off! They sell the large pieces one at a time & put the smaller pieces of fabric into a clear bag together & sell them to crafters like me!

Sheesh! I wish we lived closer together, I make Teddy Bear & Barbie clothes & would gladly take them off your hands! hahahaha!

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful

You can donate them to Warming Families, a non-profit organization that provides handmade items to disadvantaged individuals. You can read about the group at http://www.free  warmingfamilies/

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I use the fabric sample & scraps to make quilts and toys for whatever group neds them in the area.

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

I work with a church group that makes lap quilts for children that have been abused or that live in a shelter. We do over a thousand each year.

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April 22, 20100 found this helpful

When I find fabric scraps and material in storage that I do no longer want I call my local fabric store for names of quilters or someplace that teaches quilting and donate them. Sometimes the schools will take fabric for projects in elementary level. There even may be an orginazation in your area that makes quilts for children in the hospital. They could always use fabric.

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April 28, 20100 found this helpful

You could donate them to a girl scout troop.

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June 16, 20101 found this helpful

I would like to have your samples. I will explain what I have been doing and you can make the decision. I make bibs and blankets and wheelchair organizers and carriers for the elderly mainly Alzheimer residents. I'm in desperate need of fabric I do not make any profit for doing this as i do this for giving back to the elderly I'm only 27 and a stay at home mom.

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I used to work at a nursing home as a med tech. So I have watched families just drop there loved ones off and never look back and it is so sad. I just like to go visit and do something nice. Thank you very much here is my email if you would like to respond broken_forever@hotmail.com

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December 15, 20100 found this helpful

I use my old fabric to make pet toys and sell them online. They usually sell fast.

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May 27, 20160 found this helpful

New Senior Center just starting out will take any donations program starts in three weeks will pay for shipping please call Sophia at 303-476-3629

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August 11, 2017

I'm the caregiver for my mom who has dementia. She was a seamstress and has a lot of fabric. I have 27 bins of fabric mostly cut into 3 yard pieces. How do I donate it?

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December 20, 2016

I have a sewing workroom and have excess of fabric and some odd sizes of drapes in large volumes. Can someone pick up from my factory?

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June 20, 2017

I have a lot of fabric I'd like to donate somewhere it may be needed. Could you recommend where I could take it near zip code 93446?

Thank you very much. I appreciate your help!

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January 10, 2017

I have a large box of old, ripped clothes and other fabrics that I would like to donate to someone for a project instead of throwing them away. They have been in the attic, I am in the middle of a move, and I don't have a washer or dryer here, so ideally I would donate them dusty and you could wash them. I am willing to deal with it if I know they'll go to something good instead of a landfill though.

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December 29, 2016

I would like to donate fabric (all types, including: velvets, wool, linings, some lace, etc.) in the New York City area. I live in the borough of Queens, but would be open to other areas. Any suggestions?

Pat

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February 11, 2011

Does anyone know where I can donate fabric in Los Angeles?

By violin3 from Los Angeles, CA

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February 12, 20110 found this helpful

Depends on if they are small scrap type pieces of fabric or if they are by the yard. If they are 1 yard or more, most thrift stores will take it. If it is smaller pieces ask around and see if there is a group that makes quilts for the homeless, or for kids in hospitals or there is a group nationwided, I just don't know what the name of it is that makes baby quilts for a certain organization. I think the group might be called Baby Linus, but I'm not sure.

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

How about donating it to the Art's & Craft's dept. in the nursing home. They have alot of women & men that like to do crafts with it.

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February 16, 20110 found this helpful

Advertise on Craigslist. Donate them to a nursing home. Many times fabric can be used in many crafts. We also love figuring out ways to use it too.
Wish you were closer I'd take it off your hands.
Gem

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February 16, 20110 found this helpful

The Relief Society organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is always looking for fabric to make quilts for charities. Here is a link where you can type in your zip code and find someone you can contact. Good luck!!
http://lds.org/  es=meetinghouses

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February 20, 20110 found this helpful

I recently donated all kinds of fabric including curtains to the local senior center in Westminster (Orange County, CA).

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November 9, 20140 found this helpful

I have several blouse and shirts I want to find a second life for. I think these merit better than being hacked apart into cleaning rags so I wonder where or what I can do with them. All are cotton and clean. Some of course have the usual wear and tear.
Please know I am open to all ideas. :) Attached is but a small sample of my old friends.

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May 27, 20150 found this helpful

Hello!
My name is Kalyn Sheahan. I am currently volunteering for a non profit charity called the Quilted Love Project. We have an event on July 25-26. People will come out and decorate 16x16 in squares which will then be sewn into quilts and distributed to the homeless population in Downtown Los Angeles! We are looking for ANY fabric (not stretchy or luxurious), art supplies, and even sewers for the actual event as they will be sewing as fast as the squares are being completed. If you would like to help please email me personally and I can come pick it up! I'm in West Hollywood. Thank you for your time!

Kalyn S.
KalynSheahan AT gmail.com
Www.quiltedloveproject.org

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November 14, 20150 found this helpful

Hi Kalyn, my name is Olivia. Years ago I had a dog collar business with my best friend. We just cleaned out some bins that are full of fabric. I currently have 3 trash bags full of great fabric and wanted to try see if I could donate for a good cause. Are you still accepting fabric donations?

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June 5, 2017

I have a lot of flannel fabric scraps I would like to donate. I live in Alsip Illinois.

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May 18, 2017

I recently got this prom dress that I had ordered online, but as a result the tail of my dress had way too much fabric and was way too heavy to even walk with. I was thinking of cutting off some of the unnecessary fabric and donating it somewhere, but I live in the Bronx and I can't think of any places. What do you think I should do?

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February 24, 2016

Where can I donate several boxes of brand new Christmas yardage? They are cotton prints great for making Christmas quilts, aprons, etc.

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February 25, 20160 found this helpful

We have a children's hospital about an hour & a half from us. There are area churches that make surgical hats. You might try to find out if this ministry is available in your area.

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February 26, 20160 found this helpful

Also the senior centers. Bless you for your generous act.

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May 26, 2017

Is there a charity in Bradenton, Florida that could use various types of fabric and patterns? I would like to donate a lot of my fabric.

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May 16, 2017

I am looking for a place to donate fabrics, sewing supplies, and yarn near me. I just moved to zip code 32837, so I'm not familiar with the area much. All of my fabrics are new and clean, stored in containers in a closet in a smoke free home. Churches, women's clubs, etc. would be considered. Any ideas how to go about this?

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December 18, 2016

Were can I donate fabric and sewing items to charity?

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July 18, 2016

I want to donate fabric that I did not use. Can I donate patterns also? Where can it donate these sewing items?

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January 10, 2018

I have a lot of scrap fabric that I am looking to get rid of, it is anything from scraps to 1/4 yard pieces. They would make great quilting pieces. I'm just not a quilter.

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August 14, 2017

I have a large amount of various fabrics and remnants that I'd like to donate in Massachusetts. Does anyone know a worthy charity that could make use of it?

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July 19, 2017

I have some fabric I would like to donate in the Southampton area.
Thanks.

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May 30, 2017

Is there somewhere I can donate fabric to near zip code 14220? I used to sew a lot and do not have the time anymore, and would like it to go somewhere it can be used.

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May 24, 2017

Is there a place I can donate fabric in the Portland, Oregon area?

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March 13, 2017

I'm clearing up my sewing room and I have some fabric that I like to donate. I live in the Austin, Texas area and would like to find a charitible organization group where I can donate my fabric.

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March 4, 2017

I would like to donate approximately 5 boxes 18x18x24 of fabric (all types, including: velvets, wool, some lace, silks, etc.) in the Salida, California area. The recipient would need to pick up. Any ideas who to contact?

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