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We are proud to support Every Day Action in North Hollywood, CA. Every Day Action was created and founded by Hillary Cohen and Samantha Luu, two Directors Guild of America Assistant Directors hoping to change the way Hollywood sees food waste. Both women, having worked over 10 years on sets, have continually asked why the leftover gourmet food from catering is thrown out and not donated. Now, this 501(c)3 organization takes perceived waste and redistributes it to the homeless throughout the Los Angeles area. Working closely with Film & Television sets, they take food that would have been thrown away and redistribute it directly to those in need in homeless camps and community fridges throughout the region.

Hillary Cohen challenges everyone to ask yourself, "What did you do today to help your community or someone in need?" 

   what are we crafting? 

Item Requested
Craft Type
Quantity Requested
Quantity Still Needed
Bags (Upcycled Feed Bags)
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150
138
Backpacks
Sew
150
125
Soap Sacks
Knit/Crochet
150
0

 project must-knows 

We are partnered with Every Day Action to provide them bags for the Personal Care Kits they put together to distribute to the homeless encampments in the LA area they serve.  These kits contain essential personal care items like toothpaste, socks, toothbrushes, combs, feminine hygiene products, soap sacks, and other essentials.

 

We have 3 bag options:

1) Up-cycled Feed bags - Using the model of Every Day Action and taking perceived waste and redistributing it: Our bag patterns is an up-cycled bag that reclaims dog food or feed bags and transforms them in to reusable grocery style bags! These can be made from any feed bag that is made from the fabric (tarp) type of plastic material. When determining if your feed bag will work, you should see a weave pattern to the material. Generally these bags have string ties on the top and bottom of the bag as well. 

Cleaning the bags prior to sewing is extremely important. These bags can be washed in your washing machine and most hold up well. 

  1. Cut the top and the bottom of the bag off to completely open them.

  2. Wipe out all extra crumbs off feed left in bag so it doesn't clump up your machine

  3. Fill your washer tub as full as you can and ensure you override your tubs setting so the the tank will fill all the way to the top, you need lots of water to get these clean. 

  4. Use Tide w/oxyclean, Oxyclean supplement with your regular detergent or add some baking soda to your detergent. Do not add Borax, bleach or other harsh chemicals, this will deteriorate the integrity of the bag

  5. Hang bags to dry

  6. Smell (the bags should now be free of odors and oil, if not, rewash. 

  7.  Sometimes you lose a bag in the wash. The bags are often stored in harsh climates or for long periods of time or for some reason don't survive washing. It is rare, but happens. However, if it doesn't survive the wash, it wouldn't have survived the sewing process and the harsh elements of becoming a bag. The fabric was inferior and weak and you've saved yourself from sewing up something that wouldn't last. Toss it and be glad. 

For this project using a good strong thread is important, and we recommend using a Bonded UV thread as it will stand up to the harsh outdoor elements these bags will be in. However, if you do not have that, a good strong heavy duty thread will be fine. You can do two rows of stitching to secure your seams in areas of high stress. 

2) Tote Bag from a Large Tarp - This fun new way to create a tote bag created by Sewing Advisor Kathy Lawrence creates functional, reusable tote bUsing fabrics in darker colors is also preferred. 

3) Adult sized drawstring backpacks - Sewn drawstring backpacks are a great option and can be made in a variety of fabrics including your twill, canvas (including waterproof canvas), denim, upholstery, duck. ags that are strong and weather resistant.

4) Soap Sacks- Knit/Crochet soap sacks will be placed in hygiene bags. 

5) Warm Winter Items- Fingerless gloves, Earwarmers and hats are the most needed items. Items are only for unsheltered adults and will be skewed 70/30 male. Knit/Crochet or single layer fleece for this part of the country works well. Collecting winter items through January 30th. 

We have a special Wish List set up to help us fill up the bags and backpacks we are making. We distribute our bags on Skid Row, Veterans Row and other locations throughout LA in collaboration with Every Day Action. If you'd like to help us fill up our bags with much needed hygiene items please find needed items here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/81P345L8LJOW?ref_=wl_share

Must Knows
Patterns

 up-cycled feed bag and camo-tarp totes 

Bags
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Tote from a Camo Tarp

A fun new way to make a tote bag from a large tarp from a hardware store!

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Feed Bag Tutorial (Assembly Line)

This video shows how to make the totes in an assembly line fashion.

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Feed Bag Tutorial

The best video on how to make a feed bag into a tote!

 adult drawstring backpack 

backpack
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Adult Drawstring Backpack Sewing Instructions

Project overview and sewing instructions for new ADULT size drawstring backpack

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Adult Drawstring Backpack Quick Class

Adult Drawstring Backpack Quick Video with Kathy Lawrence

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Adult Backpack Fabric & Cord Selection

Short video on how to choose fabric and cording for the adult drawstring backpack

   soap sacks  

SoapSacks

Hear Me Roar Soap Sack by Melanie

This adorable dino soap sack pattern was created by Melanie Shovelski. It will make washing up so much more fun! 

Major Stitches Soap Sack

Lovely military themed sack designed by Melanie Shovelski

Soap Sack Resources

Resources from S.A.C.K. including many crochet and knit patterns.

Crafting Change Sudsy Soap Sack by Denise Smith

This fun soap sack uses the Herringbone Half Double Crochet to give it a great textured look. Designed for Crafting Change by Craftivist Denise Smith

Soap Sack Video Tutorial

Crochet a soap sack with Melanie Shovelski

Granny Square Soap Sack

Granny Square Pattern designed by Melanie Shovelski

Lil Ripples Soap Sack

This super cute sack uses the sedge stitch.

Knit Soap Sacks

A folder full of different knit soap sack patterns

Splish Splash Soap Sack

This mermaid themed sack designed by Melanie Shovelski is easy and fun!

WINTER HATS

   winter hats  

Fashion

Shoes to Shine

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Shoes to Shine

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Shoes to Shine

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Shoes to Shine

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Shoes to Shine

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Shoes to Shine

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Shoes to Shine

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Shoes to Shine

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Shoes to Shine

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   winter earwarmers  

Earwarmer

Thick & Quick Twisted Headband by KAME Crochet

Easy for beginners and works up in about 30 minutes.

Fleece Ear Warmer Headband

Simple fleece ear warmer headband modified from original pattern to hide the back seam to make it more comfortable for the wearer!

Lion Brand Ribbed Headband

Easy ribbed gender neutral headband.

Ear Warmers 3 Ways

This basic ear warmer pattern has 3 unique finishing techniques!

Fleece Headband with Front Knot

Easy fleece headband with cute knot up front!

Fleece Ear Warmer with Bow Styling

Super easy headband with a bow detail

Knit Ear Warmer

An easy, beginner project of a basic ear warmer written by Robyn Peters.

Suzette Stich Ear Warmer

This beginner friendly pattern uses only single crochet and double crochet stitches. Includes multiple sizing options and video tutorial.

Ear Warmer with Contrasting Binding

Modification of original pattern to add this cute contrasting binding and hidden back seam!

Fleece Ear Warmer

Super simple Ear Warmer, link includes a You Tube video as well as tutorial.

Gender Neutral Ear Warmer

This easy to make tube is great for men or a nice gender neutral choice!

 fingerless gloves 

gloves

Mad Cap Hats Best Fingerless Gloves Ever (Fleece)

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Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts

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Topless Mittens

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Cozy Thermal Mitts

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Crafting Change Wristers

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Super Simple Fingerless Gloves

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Quick Sew Video Tutorial For Fleece Fingerless Gloves

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Super Simple FIngerless Mitts

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Shipping

 shipping guidelines 

We are no longer collecting EDA donations at CCHQ, they must go directly to them at this time in California. 

Every Day Action accepts shipping whenever you complete your donations. they make kits approximately 4 times a year. Please include a care slip and be sure to write the date on it. Every Day Action can only accept USPS at this time because they only have a post office box. 

Ship via United States Postal Service (USPS) to:

Every Day Action
PO Bo
x 5591
North Hollywood, CA 91616

Unfortunately EDA can not sign up for Give Back Box because their post office does not participate in allowing UPS shipments to be delivered to their Post Office Box. If shipping to EDA is cost prohibitive for you, please contact info@craftingchange.org and ask for shipping help. 

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