Introduction:My mom loves to crochet items for churches, such as baby blankets, prayer shawls, and items for bazaar sales. Here are my favorite things to crochet for charity.
Don't limit yourself when making prayer shawls. Some of my mom's most favorite shawls were in bright colors and for children. Make some in masculine colors or patriotic colors for shawls for men. Teens love popular colors, like pink, purple, and their school colors. Vary the yarns, too, because a lot of people like a stripe or two of fuzzy or textured yarns.
Most people think of cloth or knitted caps for chemo patients, but there are some beautiful patterns for crocheted caps. For the ladies and teen girls, I suggest Red Heart's free pattern at http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/chemo-cap. The site Children's Crochet Cap Patterns at http://www.crochetforcancer.org/chemo-cap-patterns/childrens-crochet-caps-patterns/ has several links to hats kids would love to own.
Many churches like to give baby blankets to their members who have babies. Some churches donate baby blankets to other organizations, such as homes or agencies helping teens, women's shelters, homeless shelters, and more. Baby blankets are also good items for bazaar sales, too.
These throws keep the person's legs and lap warm but are not unruly large. The standard size is 34 to 36 inches long and about 24 inches wide, although wheelchairs come in a variety of sizes. Design the rug to fit across the person's legs with a little extra on the sides and to go from the waist to the ankle or shorter. Don't forget to make some smaller ones in bright colors for kids. See http://groups.creighton.edu/crochetknit/simple_beginner_patterns_for_kni.htm for ideas.
Bazaars, craft sales, and other fundraisers can help a church raise funds for special projects, missionaries, or other needs. Many crocheted items are popular with buyers. Try making a kitchen set with crochet-topped towels, tawashis (pot scrubbers), potholders, and dishcloths. See how to make a tawashi at http://www.craftstylish.com/item/43848/how-to-crochet-a-tawashi.
Giving to charities can bring a feeling of joy and contentment. For people who love to create things with their hands, giving handmade items will bring double joy!
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