Care Bags For   The Unfortunate 

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

Read the Project Must-Knows 

Pick a pattern from our approved or suggested pattern collection

Shipping address, print a care slip & tally your donation

   this is how it works  


Care Bags for the Unfortunate is a group created and dedicated to assisting in getting needed items and creating Care Bags to homeless and struggling families in need. Their goal is to bring a little relief to those going through hard times.

This is a Facebook group run by dedicated and caring volunteers, they are in the early stages of incorporating and getting their 501(c)3 status and we are proud to partner with them as they begin to establish themselves.

 what are we crafting? 

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 project must-knows 

We are helping to craft the care bags and other items that will be used to distribute personal care items through street gives and outreach programs. 

1) Pandemic Relief: Masks - Adult masks are accepted in any pattern. We ask that these masks be 3 layers with the 3rd layer non-woven polypropylene (or cotton). Adjustable elastic ear loops are preferred so your donation will fit any head that receives it. The CDC recommends nose wires in all adult masks, as do we. We prefer that these are removable so when they break, they can be replaced. They serve more men than women, however we suggest just using gender neutral fabric that would appeal to anyone. 

2) Drawstring Backpacks - Using our pattern for unlined drawstring back packs we hope to provide them 100 bags for their program. These can be made with just about any fabric you have including heavier canvas, upholstery fabric, duck, etc. Please see our project overview sheet for tips and guidelines. 

3) Reusable cloth menstrual pads and wet bags - We are only sending medium and heavy absorbency pads and these will be placed inside the wet bags and dispersed in kits for the homeless menstruating persons they encounter. Heavier weight pads allow them to be worn on any day. You will need to apply the Kam-Snaps on these pads since you will be shipping directly to this location. (If you do not have a snap tool. please do not buy one. Send your pads to HQ for Yonkofa and let others take care of this need.) Please see our patterns section for great resources on constructing these pads. 

4) Soap Sacks - We are collecting knit and crochet soap sacks for them to distribute with their donated soap. 


 menstrual pads - wet bags 


How To Make Reusable Cloth Pads

Video Tutorial for making cloth pads


How To Make Cloth Pads with Jessica Carter

Zoom Room Video with Jessica Carter from Crafting Change


Core Layering

Core Layering Guide for menstrual pads


Wet Bags by Martha

Super simple wet bag designed for Crafting Change by Martha Richmond


Topper Fabrics

A handy guide to topper fabrics for menstrual pads

 soap sacks 


Soap Sack Video Tutorial

Crochet a soap sack with Melanie Shovelski


Granny Square Soap Sack

Granny Square Pattern designed by Melanie Shovelski


Knit Soap Sacks

A folder full of different knit soap sack patterns

All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Recommended & Tested Yarn List for all crafting change partner projects


Major Stitches Soap Sack

Lovely military themed sack designed by Melanie Shovelski


Soap Sack Yarn List

Approved Yarn List for Soap Sacks


Splish Splash Soap Sack

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

 drawstring backpacks 


Project Overview Sheet Backpack

This Project Overview Sheet is where to begin for making the drawstring backpacks


Backpack Zoom Room

This Zoom Room for The Yonkofa project backpacks works for any project wanting our drawstring backpack!


Unlined Drawstring Backpack

Video Tutorial for this easy drawstring backpack

 mask patterns 


Crafting Change Face Mask FAQ

Our FAQ on mask making!


We Can Sew It (Rosie)

The original "We Can Sew It" aka Rosie pattern. Can be easily modified to add elastic on the sides by using a bias tape strip instead of ties! Adult size only.


Japanese Sewing Book 3D

Easy 3D (origami) style mask (no nose wire required)! Pattern & Video!



Pleated mask great for kids


Sewing Seeds of Love

This is a popular and easy to sew kids mask.


SWO Child Mask Written Instructions

Written instructions for the SWO child mask by Cathie Foard. Especially loved by our Tribal partners.


Craft Passion

This contoured mask has multiple sizes great for kids.


Deaconess Video Tutorial

Watch this tutorial to add a filter pocket to the Deaconess!


SSOL Video Tutorial

Video companion for the Sewing Seeds of Love pattern


SWO Child Mask Pattern Templates

Pattern templates in 4 sizes x-small (2-5 years old) to large (12-15 years old) for this popular and easy to sew mask by our friend Cathie Foard from Sewing For Native Peoples.


Craft Passion Video Tutorial

Video companion for the Craft Passion mask

 shipping guidelines 

Care Bags For The Unfortunate is ready to accept your package whenver you are ready to ship it. Please include a care slip with your package. 

Care Bags For The Unfortunate

c/o Suzanne Skeens
40 W 253 Chapman Ct.
Geneva, IL 60134