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Many quilters and other crafters find that they have quite a stash of scrap fabric that they are unable to use. Finding and organization or charity to donate these supplies to gives them a second chance to be useful. This is a guide about donating scrap fabric in California.
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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.
Bundle them up and donate them to a local thrift shop, shoppers are always looking for scrap materiel of which they are sold in a very reasonable cost.
Take them to a local senior center as the centers usually have quilting classes and need materials.
Put an ad in Freecycle, or donate to a senior center or the Girl Scouts
If you would like your scrap fabric to go for a good cause you could think about donating them to one of your local thrift stores.
I have some machine washable wool fabric. Where can I donate it?
Pet shelters would probably love it! Also if there are any Amish people in your area they use wool for blankets and to cover in their buggies when it's cold.
I would donate this to a senior citizens home if I were you. They are always looking for material and project these people can do. This would be great for them to use the material to make quilts with. You can also give this to hospitals or rehab centers. Women's shelters are always looking for supplies to help women get back on their feet.
I have all kinds of fabric, drapery fabric, home decor, cotton, and stretch fabric. I am just looking for a place in the Dorchester Boston area to donate it to.
Put an ad on Freecycle. You will have many takers. You can specify you want a charity to take it.
In your community, you can give the schools/senior center if they'd like it and donate it to them. :) Or any homeless shelters may want it
There are several non-profit thrift stores in your area that may be able to accept your fabrics.
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
I have a lot of fabric, mostly 100% cotton, that I am looking to donate. I live in the central area of New Jersey. Are there any donation centers you would recommend?
There are numerous placing that would welcome your fabric, especially cotton.
I have lot of free fabric samples. Anyone have any ideas where I can donate them? Thanks.
By Janet from Milwaukee, WI
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).
I think you won't have any problems finding someone to take them off your hands. Best of luck!
Ask the art teacher at your local school. I'll bet they would love to have them.
You could check the comments on this thread:
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.
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!
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/
I use the fabric sample & scraps to make quilts and toys for whatever group neds them in the area.
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.
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.
You could donate them to a girl scout troop.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I use my old fabric to make pet toys and sell them online. They usually sell fast.
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. 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.
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?
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?
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!
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.
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?
Does anyone know where I can donate fabric in Los Angeles?
By violin3 from Los Angeles, CA
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.
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.
Where can I donate unwanted fabric that you can make something out of? I live in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
I have a lot of flannel fabric scraps I would like to donate. I live in Alsip Illinois.
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?
Where can I donate several boxes of brand new Christmas yardage? They are cotton prints great for making Christmas quilts, aprons, etc.
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.
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?
Were can I donate fabric and sewing items to charity?
I want to donate fabric that I did not use. Can I donate patterns also? Where can it donate these sewing items?
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?