East River Foster   Parent Network 


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  

ERFPN_logo_REV (3).png

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

 project must-knows 


MHRC needs tote bags and Piper's Project needs pillowcases! 


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.

We recently reviewed their needs 1/17/22 and they are all set for blankets and warm winter items! They love the pillow cases and tote bags and thank all those that have sent these items! ​​

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


 burrito pillowcase 


ERFPN Project Overview Sheet

Project Overview Sheet Burrito Pillowcases and all sewn projects for ERFPN


Burrito Pillowcase Pattern

Written Pattern for Burrito Pillow Case


Burrito Pillowcase Video Tutorial

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


 welcome tote bags 


ERFPN Project Overview Sheet

Project Overview Sheet for all sewing projects for ERFPN!


The Crafting Change Taco Tote

Project Overview Sheet & Pattern for Crafting Change Taco Tote


Easy Canvas Tote Bag

Easy tote bag with a cotton print pocket.

 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