Access Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1976 that serves 13 counties in eastern Pennsylvania. It is their mission to empower and serve individuals and families in need of support through innovative services that improve their ability to live fulfilling lives in the community. They do this through three distinct services: behavioral health, children and family services, and services focused on those with disabilities and autism.
what are we crafting?
Quantity Still Needed
We will be working with different divisions of Access Services at different times of the year. During the winter we helped provide warm winter items for their program for unsheltered individuals. Now they have asked us for help with their program servicing children in foster care and backpacks for their street outreach program.
1) Welcome Tote Bags- These specific Welcome Tote Bags are for children primarily ages 5-12. The finished bag should be about 16"x16" in size. We have great suggested patterns that are ideal. We would like these to be in FUN fabrics for the kids. So fabrics with licensed prints in popular themes are ideal. Fabrics to avoid: our usual caveats: no drugs, alcohol, weapons or religion, no holiday prints...New Restrictions: Nothing with the words mommy, daddy or family on them. Ensure you read our project overview sheet for details about crafting this particular item for this particular charity before you begin sewing.
2) Burrito Pillowcases - these are for kids primarily ages 5-12. All pillows are the standard size pillow no matter the age you are making for. It is appreciated if fun fabrics are used, and kids love licensed prints like Marvel, Comic Book characters like Batman and Superman, Harry Potter, Disney. Please follow the same fabric restrictions as for our tote bags above. Ensure you read our project overview sheet for details about crafting this particular item for this particular charity before you begin sewing.
3) Snuggle Blankets -
These can be sewn, knit, crochet or no-sew fleece.
We are looking for 3 sizes:
Crib: 42”x52” (approximately width of fabric x 52”)
Lapghan 36x48” (PREFERRED)
If sewing, please avoid using fabrics that use words mom, dad or family. These blankets are not for babies or toddlers, primarily for kids ages 5-12.
Check out our board on Pinterest for lots of ideas for all crafting methods: https://www.pinterest.com/crafting_change/snuggle-blankets/
4) Adult sized drawstring backpacks - Sewn drawstring backpacks for their street mission. These can be made in a variety of fabrics. This location requests canvas, denim, upholstery, duck, etc but not cotton. Please watch our video tutorials for choosing fabric and cording along with our video for sewing it put together by sewing advisor Kathy Lawrence.
Colts Foot Blanket by Hobbii
Easy for beginners, the knit purl pattern works up with DK weight acrylic yarn. You could also try a yarn substitute like Sport. The knitting pattern calls for circular knitting needles to accommodate all your stitches.
Tumbling Blocks Blanket
This pattern for beginners with knits and purls is also a reversible blanket, too. It calls for aran weight yarn but you can use worsted weight yarn, just check your gauge.
adult drawstring backpacks
Access Services is happy to receive your shipment whenever you are able to send it.
Attn: Todd Shelly
500 Office Center Drive, Suite 100
Fort Washington, PA 19034
If your box will cost you more than $15 to ship, please get a $15 UPS label from Give Back Box and ship up to 50 pounds and 108" in girth to Access Services here