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Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause Paperback – August 3, 2010
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My one complaint is this, a number of the charities recommended in the book do not accept "in kind" donations (ie: donations of THINGS as opposed to money.) I'm not sure why these charities would even be included. For example, we made a number of the pillow case dresses and checked out the three charities that the book suggested to receive this project. The organizations from India and Africa had no information on in-kind donations on their websites so I contacted them via email. Both said that they do not accept items - only money. So, two of the three charities had no mechanism for handling donations of this kind. The third, a Christian charity that services children in a particular region of Mexico, does, in fact, take in-kind donations and has items that they're looking for on their site. Clothing is not included. I have an email out to them to see if they'll be willing to accept our pillow-case dresses.
So, my point is this... the book is awesome but don't think that it will be as easy as completing a project and boxing it up for the recommended charity listed at the end of the pattern instructions. You'll need to do research and/or start your project with a charity already identified.
Two things I admire in Sims' writing and compiling of this book: Firstly, she is a mother and a crafter herself. She is not advocating something that she does not practice herself. Secondly, before you begin any of the projects in the book, she has a wonderful chapter on Crafting Hope with Care. In this chapter, she discusses honestly and in detail the responsibility we have as donors to "give in a way that is respectful, responsible, and empowers the recipient..." Take time to learn about the culture or religion of the people to whom you are donating your creations. Give locally whenever you can--contact local shelters, food banks, women's abuse centers, and churches for ideas about where you can make this happen in your town.
The projects in the book are varied; knitting, (but no crocheting, a lack for me, since I don't knit!) sewing (dolls, simple pillowcase dresses, quilts, pillows), soap, toys, jewelry, book bags...all have a place in these pages. There is even a charming dog tug toy to make and donate to your local animal shelter! Use the book as a starting point for your own ideas and creations, or contact the charities Sims' lists in each project's directions.Read more ›
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Great book if you are a crafter who wants to get involved with charities. This is the second copy I
Great book for crafters who want to get involved in charities. Read more
made a bunch of items for this book to donate and cannot find where to donate the items. when I contacted the author was told that I should check with the charities to see what... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diane
I was interested in the baby kimono patterns and directions. I am a new sewer and was able to follow the directions and successfully make a kimono. Now to make more.Published 9 months ago by Tiffany
My husband and I originally checked out this book from the library, which inspired us to order it from Amazon. We already knew what to expect when we ordered the book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Suzanne B. Staples
This book provides a lot of crafting projects. I was looking for ideas of simple hand made items suitable for "Shoe Box" gifts which could be made by children (with the... Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by J Adkins
This book is fantastic. Filled with projects that are well designed, with easy to follow instructions, all of he info needed for each charity, and patterns that easily translate... Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Cheryl Land
I LOVE this book! I am not very crafty but I was looking for an interesting way to get my kids involved with helping others and this book is PERFECT! Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by J. C. Goldenberg
While this book does give some good ideas for things you can make for the specific charities they have listed, they all seem to be sewing based. Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by Snowfire