Planned Parenthood 
of the Rocky Mountains 

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Read about our partner charity and see the items we are crafting 

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Read the Project Must-Knows 

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Pick a pattern from our approved or suggested pattern collection

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Shipping address, print a care slip & tally your donation

   this is how it works  

 

Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood has been a 501c3 nonprofit organization since 1978. They serve people in 3 states: Colorado, New Mexico and Las Vegas, NV. Planned Parenthood empowers individuals and families in the communities they serve to make informed choices regarding their health and wellness. They see a  future where all people have equitable opportunity to experience health and wellness including high-quality sexual and reproductive health care provided with respect and without judgement.

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 what are we crafting? 

Item Requested
Craft Type
Quantity Requested
Quantity Still Needed
Bags
Sew
2000
820
Pocket Prayer Quilts (Heart Hugs)
Sew
2000
285
Heating Pads
Sew
2000
0

 project must-knows 

We have been asked to help Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains with several items in assistance of patient care. 

 

First, we were asked if there is a reusable solution for patient care bags that would offer some happiness, dignity and discretion for patients leaving clinic with medication and materials and resources after medical appointments.

Second, The Pocket Heart Hugs will be added to their resource pack given to patients to seek aftercare resources and counseling after appointments. Prior to distribution, our laminated poem will be added to the packet. 

Third, patients are advised to use a heating pad after certain appointments to help with cramping. Many patients can't afford this. However a rice heating pad made out of flannel holds it's heat for up to an hour! 

To start off, we are partnering with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains to help their affiliates in Northern Colorado. (Boulder, Fort Collins, Greeley and Northern Denver). If we get enough volunteer help, they would love assistance with all of their clinics in their entire service area covering all of Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. 

 

1) Tote Bags-

  • Any pattern, any style. Preferred Pattern: The Crafting Change Easy Tote, Green Bag Lady, Crafting Change Taco Tote or Earth Day Jean Tote.

  • Lined or unlined.

  • Quilting Cotton, cotton/poly blends, Lightweight Canvas or denim

  • Sized between 16"x16" and 18"x18"

  • Bright and cheerful fabrics like Superheroes, Florals, batiks in bright colors or denim jeans totes.

  • Fabrics to Avoid:

    • Pastels. 

    • Baby Prints

    • Fabrics with words like mommy/daddy/family

    • Drugs/Alcohol/Bad Words/Inappropriate Images

2) Pocket Heart Hugs - These are the same as our Pocket Prayer Quilts but are made with only hearts and no religious symbols. Bright and cheerful Heart Hugs. Same fabric restrictions as the tote bags. You can see our video below on how to construct them or follow any pattern you find for "pocket prayer quilts" however we are only using hearts, no religious emblems allowed. Carol Grape and Deb Evans found a fun new way to do these with pinking shears, and we've now added a video for this to our patterns! 

3) Rice Bag Heating Pads - These small flannel heating pads are super fast and easy to sew up. Our team on the ground in Colorado will fill them up with rice and sew them closed, so all you have to do is create the empty shells following our super easy pattern and video tutorial created by Carol Grape carol@craftingchange.org    Please remember to use COTTON THREAD! These will go inside the patient totes we are crafting along with the heart hugs and given to patients to offer them additional comfort to help alleviate cramping and pain. As the women served in this region are primarily low-income PPRM often has to provide financial assistance to patients to purchase heating pads however their funds are low due to increase requests to cover travel expenses of patients. This little item will go a long way to help. Rice is being provided by volunteers in Colorado. 

 
 

 tote bags 

 
Fashion

Crafting Change Easy Tote Video Tutorial

Video tutorial for our modification of the Green Bag Lady tote provides finished seams and option for longer handles. Serge or Sew!

Fashion

Crafting Change Taco Tote

This cute easy to sew tote bag is designed after the popular Burrito Pillowcase.

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Two-Tone Fabric Tote

Cute two toned fabric totes made two ways

Fashion

Crafting Change Easy Tote

Our modification of the Green Bag Lady tote provides finished seams and option for longer handles. Serge or Sew!

Fashion

Earth Day Jean Tote

Easy reusable tote up-cycled from an old pair of jeans

Fashion

Green Bag Lady Bag

This unlined tote bag sews up super fast!

Fashion

DIY Tote-Beginner

Basic lined beginner friendly tote bag

 pocket heart hugs 

 

Crafting Change Pocket Heart Hug

Easy to craft pocket heart hugs for a non-religious

Video Tutorial Pocket Prayer Quilts

Video Step by Step on how to construct our Pocket Prayer Quilt

 rice bag heating pads 

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Rice Bag Heating Pad Instructions

Written instructions and overview for rice bag heating pad

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Rice Bag Heating Pad Video Tutorial

Video Tutorial for Rice Bag Heating Pad

 

 shipping guidelines 

These donations are going to be distributed to various locations throughout the region PPRM serves. We have a variety of Crafting Change coordinators helping with this project. There are multiple addresses donations may be sent to. 

 

There are several possible addresses that we may ship to and these will change based upon clinic needs.  Please tally when your box is ready to ship as the locations in need will change week to week. After you tally, email martha@craftingchange.org and we will send you the shipping address! Thank you! 

 

This is an ongoing project and there will be a continuous need for donations, we intend to help well in to 2023.