Sewing and Needlework (donate)
  • Free Mending Library.  Artist Michael Swaine has set up his sewing machine on the streets of San Francisco for 11 years.  Anyone is welcome to bring clothing in need of repair, as well as to stop and help with the mending.  Swaine calls himself the "librarian of mending" and refers to his projects as the Free Mending Library.  He hopes to show others that making a small and regular commitment, like his once-a-month mending library, can reap large and long-term rewards.  His project conserves resources, reduces waste, builds community, and inspires others to share their own skills and talents.  "When we are connected to others, we become better people."  - Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture    ("One Man's Trash...", a guide to reducing, reusing and recycling, a quarterly newsletter of Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, Winter 2013) 

What You Can Do
  • Sew an item for someone in need. 
  • Teach sewing, mending, and alteration classes to women and children, to either provide for their own families, or to donate to local agencies.  
  • Donate working sewing machines to community centers.  
  • Donate fabric, yarn, batting, thread, and sewing notions to volunteers who put them to good use making hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, quilts, etc. to warm the homeless and needy in Spokane each winter, and comfort the sick. 
  • Offer to sew or alter clothing to accommodate children, adults, and wounded soldiers who are bedridden or have medical devices (casts, braces or injuries such as burns) which make it difficult to wear normal clothing.  Example:  Side seams can easily be opened and closed with Velcro.  For more information, visit Sew Much Comfort at http://sewmuchcomfort.org.   
  • Teach women who are pregnant to make a baby quilt.
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Bev’s Country Cottage
FREE Patterns for sewing, knitting and crocheting  
http://bevscountrycottage.com 

March of Dimes
(preemie clothes, booties, etc.)
(509) 328-1920

Project Warm-Up
Call for a pickup, at (509) 344-7787, Ext. 161, or
Drop off your items at the RSVP Office
YMCA building

Shriner’s Hospital
(fleece blankets for children and teens)
(509) 455-7844

Wishing Star
(children with life-threatening illnesses)
(509) 744-3411