Craft Hope – Review, Giveaway + a Free Pattern (woohoo!)

on Sep 26, 2010 in Sewing | 186 comments

The Lollipop Forest I Spy Quilt has come home and is celebrating the release of the book it was written for:  Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause by Jade Sims.

Jade is the founder of Craft Hope, a website dedicated to making a difference in the world by matching crafters with charities that need the handmade items they create. Sewists, knitters, crafters, and quilters have answered the call in amazing abundance. Generously creating and giving to each new call to create that’s made on the Craft Hope website.

Jade assembled a very impressive group of contributors for the book including Kaari Meng (French General), Jhoanna Monte (One Red Robin), Malka Dubrawsky (Stitch in Dye), Rebeka Lambert (Artsy Crafty Babe), Manda McGrory (Tree Fall Design), Amanda Soule (Soule Mama), Blair Stocker (Wise Craft) and many, many, many more talented designers!

Each project in the book is paired with a charity. The charity’s mission is profiled along with details about the type of handmade items that they are most in need of. My quilt was paired with Project Night Night which donates more than 25,000 canvas tote bags each year to homeless children. Each bag includes a blanket, an age-appropriate book, and a stuffed animal.

The side copy of the book contains Hope Notes, quotes from individuals sharing what crafting for charity means to them.

My friend, who is 94 years old, knitted approximately 100 small hats. She loves to make them as it passes her time in the retirement home. She knows that it takes her one hour to make one hat. I buy the yarn for her and she makes the hats. Barbara, United States

I also found useful a section at the beginning of the book entitled Crafting Hope with Care. It covers important reminders about making sure that what you make is both appropriate and useful to a charity before sending the item. It also encourages involvement with organizations in your local community.

I’m excited to see Jade’s book come to life. I hope it shines an even brighter spotlight on the giving going on at Craft Hope. Here’s your to do list:

Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of this book (I’ll leave comments open until Friday, October 1). Tell me about something you’ve made for charity. Winner announced, thank you!

– Visit the Craft Hope website and find a project that fits your maker gifts like a glove.

– Download the Lollipop Forest I Spy Quilt pattern. Make one for a child in your life and another to give. Enjoy!

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