East River Foster   Parent Network 

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

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The East River Foster Parent Network is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The East River Foster Parent Network’s mission is to empower and support foster parents so they can in turn provide a safe and caring environment giving each child and adolescent the opportunity to thrive. 

The East River Foster Parent Network works to provide the following services for children in foster care:

  • Activity reimbursement scholarships

  • Camp reimbursement scholarships

  • Clothing

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Beds

  • Dressers

While continuing to provide these ongoing services, the association has identified some important and unmet needs.  As the number of children in foster care continues to climb, we believe this trend can be reversed.  By identifying barriers to success, we believe we can take a preventative approach to ending the generational cycle of abuse and neglect among families in our community.

 what are we crafting? 

Item Requested
Craft Type
Quantity Requested
Quantity Still Needed
Bags
Sew
150
145
Pillowcases
Sew
150
91
Warm Winter Hats
Sew/Knit/Crochet
150
149
Gloves/Mittens
Sew/Knit/Crochet
150
145
Blankets
Sew
50
0

 project must-knows 

We will be helping East River Foster Parent Network with several items for their Welcome Bags. In each welcome bag they put a fresh pair of pjs, a new blanket, underwear a pillowcases and a hygiene kit. They provide these to each child entering foster care. Please read the information for each project we are working on for important details so you construct items that will be helpful to this charity partner.

 

1) Welcome Tote BagsThese specific Welcome Bags are for two age groups 2yrs to 5 yrs and 5 yrs to 8 yrs. The finished bag should be about 16"x16" in size. We have a great suggested pattern. 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 Pillow Case- These are for all ages 2-18. All pillows are all the standard size pillow no matter the age you are making for. They distribute more of these than any other item. Older kids entering foster care are given store bought duffel bags, but also receive a pillow case. 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) Warm Winter Items- We will be making warm hats and mittens/gloves (not fingerless) for young kids ages 5-10 years old. These can be sewn, knit or crochet. We have several suggested patterns for this project, but any pattern is acceptable as long as it meets the guidelines for this charity. It must be age appropriate (5-10 years old) be warm and functional for the harsh winter climate of South Dakota and it must not include any embellishments that are a choking hazard. If sewing these items we ask that you use high quality fleece (for instance anti-pill fleece or better from Joanns and when making hats or mittens that you line these items so they are not single layer.) We have many great patterns to choose from to show you how to make these below!

4) Blankets - We will be sending some small receiving blanket size blankets to be "cuddlers" for the small toddlers/children entering foster care (ages 2-8). We are looking for blankets that are receiving blanket size (technically 40"x40") A good guideline we use is WOF for the snuggle flannel and make a square. Flannel is an excellent choice for what we are looking for in these cuddlers. Please use age appropriate fabric and avoid fabric with the words mommy, daddy, family, etc. on it. 

 

If you have questions about crocheting items feel free to contact our Crochet Advisory Board Member Melanie melanie@craftingchange.org, if you have questions about knitting items feel free to contact our knitting Advisory Board Member Robyn Robyn@craftingchange.org and if you have questions about the sewing patterns, feel free to contact Sewing Advisory Board Member Kathy kathyl@craftingchange.org

 
 

 warm winter items - crochet 

 
All Fiber Arts

Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Crochet

Basic Hat with Earflap Option

Children's hat with optional earflap!

Crochet

Slouchy Beanie

Easy slouchy beanie for kids

Crochet

Mrs. Murdock's Mittens

Fun easy mitten pattern for children

crochet

Silas's Snow Day Hat

Cute ear flap hat for children

Crochet

Beginner Beanie

Beginner beanie for kids

Crochet

Striped Band Earflap Hat

Cute crochet children's hat with a stripe and earflaps

crochet

Simple Crochet Hat

Easy crochet hat for kids with a pompom

Crochet

Easy Child's Hat

Easy child's crochet hat

 warm winter items - sewn 

 
Sew

ERFPN Project Overview Sheet - Sewing

Project Overview sheet for all sewing items for ERFPN. A great resource to start your project, includes sizing info and other helpful tips!

Sew

Fleece Hat with Flaps

Fleece Hat with Flaps pattern

Sew

Lined Mitten Video Tutorial

Video Tutorial for Lined fleece mitten pattern

Sew

Easy Fleece Hat Pattern

Easy sewn fleece hat pattern

Sew

Fleece Hat with Flaps Video

Video Tutorial for the fleece hat with flap pattern

Sew

Kids Mittens

Easy single layer kids mitten pattern; Find the pattern and template here!

Sew

Easy Fleece Hat Video Tutorial

Video tutorial for Easy Fleece hat pattern

Sew

Lined Mitten Pattern

Easy lined mitten pattern

Sew

Warm Winter Wear Class Zoom Room Video

Kathy Lawrence Zoom Room Class recorded unedited video of winter wear class

 winter items - knit 

 
Fashion

Shoes to Shine

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PATTERN
Fashion

Shoes to Shine

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PATTERN
Fashion

Shoes to Shine

Make this yours. Add images, text and links, or connect data from your collection.

PATTERN
Fashion

Shoes to Shine

Make this yours. Add images, text and links, or connect data from your collection.

PATTERN
Fashion

Shoes to Shine

Make this yours. Add images, text and links, or connect data from your collection.

PATTERN
Fashion

Shoes to Shine

Make this yours. Add images, text and links, or connect data from your collection.

PATTERN
Fashion

Shoes to Shine

Make this yours. Add images, text and links, or connect data from your collection.

PATTERN
Fashion

Shoes to Shine

Make this yours. Add images, text and links, or connect data from your collection.

PATTERN

 burrito pillowcase 

 
Sew

ERFPN Project Overview Sheet

Project Overview Sheet Burrito Pillowcases and all sewn projects for ERFPN

Sew

Burrito Pillowcase Pattern

Written Pattern for Burrito Pillow Case

Sew

Burrito Pillowcase Video Tutorial

The best video tutorial out there for making a burrito pillowcase!

 welcome tote bags 

 
Sew

ERFPN Project Overview Sheet

Project Overview Sheet for all sewing projects for ERFPN!

Sew

The Crafting Change Taco Tote

Project Overview Sheet & Pattern for Crafting Change Taco Tote

Sew

Easy Canvas Tote Bag

Easy tote bag with a cotton print pocket.

 cuddler blankets 

 
Sew

Blanket Sizing Chart

Blanket Sizing Chart

Sew

Easy Baby Blanket

This super easy blanket can be made in as little as 20 minutes!

Sew

Easy Flannel Receiving Blanket

Easy Flannel Receiving Blanket (no binding)

Sew

Machine Binding Your Blanket

How to machine bind a blanket

Sew

Reversible Blanket

Reversible Blanket with decorative stitching

 shipping guidelines 

East River Foster Parent Network is ready to accept donations whenever you are ready to ship them. They are collecting winter items now to distribute when the weather turns colder. Please use the following address for your shipments. Please be sure to tally your donations and include a Crafting Change Care Slip in your package. 

East River Foster Parent Network

4515 E 26th St, Suite B

Sioux Falls, SD 57110