Leaving A Legacy 

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

 
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Raising Hope For Others is a local 501(c)3 with the mission to help community members offset overwhelming medical costs. We are specifically helping them with their Leaving A Legacy project.

 

The Leaving a Legacy project was created in 2017 as a memorial to Patrice Berman's beloved husband, Eddie. Patrice, the Founder of Raising Hope For Others, took her grief and turned it into this project. His giving spirit and compassion for all is reflected in their comfort bags. The charitable bags are given for free to anyone in need of comfort. This serves a local need, bringing neighbors together to support each other during trying times. The contents of each bag are specifically chosen to meet the needs of its recipient. 

 what are we crafting? 

Item Requested
Craft Type
Quantity Requested
Quantity Still Needed
Bags
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450
120
Bags for Kids
Sew
25
25
Chemo Cap
Sew/Knit/Crochet
300
59
Cosmetic Bags
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300
120
Denim BackPacks
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25
25
Masks: Adult
Sew
300
0
Mini Tissue Holder
Sew/Crochet
300
0
Pocket Prayer Quilts (Heart Hugs)
Sew
150
0
Pocket Prayer Quilts (Religious)
Sew
50
0
Port Pillow
Sew/Knit/Crochet
400
0
Sets: Chemo Cap/Scarf
Knit/Crochet
50
33

 project must-knows 

1) Pandemic Relief Masks - Leaving A Legacy would like to put a mask in each bag. These masks need to be 2 layers with a filter pocket or 3 layers. The 3rd layers needs to be a non-woven material like polypropylene. This location prefers elastic ear loops to ties. The CDC recommends nose wires in masks, as do we. We recommend that these are removable, so when they break, they can be replaced and the entire mask does not get tossed. Leaving A Legacy reports to us that they mostly need masks in smaller more petite sizes. 

2) Tote Bags (Sewn) - We have many variations of tote bags that will work for this project, please review our project overview sheet first before starting your tote bag so you have an idea of what this partner charity is looking for. You can find this easily in our pattern section below. This location will accept most any tote bags that are approximately 16x16 in size and we are looking for a wide variety of fabrics to appeal to men, women and everyone in between! They also need a few in fabrics for kids.  Leaving a Legacy reports to us that their favorite tote is
Two Tone Fabric Tote!

 



3) Port Pillows - (Sewn/Knit/Crochet)-This project is fast and easy. We have one pattern for each crafty type that we have approved. We like this pattern because it has two straps to secure the pillow to the seat belt. We understand that there are many ways to make a port pillow, however this is the port pillow that has been approved for this project. Please follow this pattern for this partner. Leaving A Legacy reports back to us that port pillows really need to be stuffed FIRMLY to be effective. Please ensure you are really stuffing your port pillows nice and firm! 

4) Mini Tissue Holders - (Sewn/Crochet) This is a great scrap busting project! We have both crochet and sewn patterns available. Please ensure to check the seam allowance on the sewn pattern and to buy one pack of tissues to use at home to ensure you holder fits a pack before you send it. 

5) Cosmetic Bag - (Sewn) This little zip up pouch is a fun project and we have several approved patterns to make these up!

6) Chemo Caps - (Sewn/Knit/Crochet) We have many wonderful patterns for sewing, knitting or crocheting up soft and comfortable chemo caps. If knitting/crocheting these caps please follow our approved/tested yarn list. It is especially important for the sensitive scalps of a patient going through chemotherapy to get the right kind of yarn. Our Advisory Board spends a lot of time testing yarns so you don't have to. Please trust that they have our recipients best interest at heart. We have a wide selection of yarns at every price point available on our approved list. List available below in our pattern section. 

7) Sets - Chemo Cap/Scarf Sets (Knit/Crochet) If you are so inclined to create a matching scarf from the same yarn to go with your chemo cap, it would be so kindly accepted! This can be a loopy scarf or dropped stitch, it does not necessarily need to be super thick and snuggly warm. If you have a knitting machine, you can use a nice DK weight yarn, such as Hobbi Horizon and make a lovely hat and dropped stitch scarf set. (tutorial for scarf here: https://youtu.be/JXj5fDLaYko) For ideas or help, contact Robyn Robyn@craftingchange.org

*You can also sew one of our chemo cap patterns then knit/crochet a scarf in a matching yarn as a set. 

8) Pocket Prayer Quilts & Heart Hugs - We will be constructing these with both religious charms or hearts so they are non-denominational. Leaving A Legacy would like the majority of the quilts they receive to have hearts attached so they can go to anyone, no matter their religious preference. When you tally, please let us know which type embellishment you used (heart/religious (cross/Star of David, etc) You can use buttons, charms, be creative just ensure they are securely fastened. We have a thoughtful Project Overview Sheet put together by Kathy Lawrence for this project, please review! If you have questions, feel free to contact her at kathyl@craftingchange.org

9) Denim Backpacks - Leaving A Legacy is also putting together comfort bags for teens and young adults with cancer. These younger patients prefer backpacks and denim is the preferred style! We have a class coming up on how to make a denim scrappy drawstring backpack, don't miss it! Join The Crafting Change Community on FB to attend the class on 4/27. 

Other Items they collect:

Inside the comfort bags Leaving A Legacy distributes, they include many items that can be found at your local Dollar Store. If you have extra room in your box, maybe you will consider including a few or check around your house to see if you have extras laying around! 

Chapstick, mini hand sanitizer, fuzzy socks, puzzle books, journals, small lotions, mini tissues, note cards, and reusable water bottles. 

 
 

 tote bags 

 
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Tote Bag Project Overview Leaving A Legacy

Project Overview Sheet for Tote Bags: Start Here for this project.

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DIY Tote-Beginner

Basic lined beginner friendly tote bag

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Box Corner Tutorial

Helpful tutorial on making box corners

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Earth Day Jean Tote

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

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Two-Tone Fabric Tote

Cute two toned fabric totes made two ways

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DIY Simple Jean Tote

Video tutorial for simple jean tote bag

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Crafting Change Taco Tote

An easy 2 fabric bag perfect for kids or any age!

 

 chemo caps - crochet 

All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Recommended & Tested Yarn List for all partner projects

Crochet

Dove & Peacock Chemo Caps

Easy & modern chemo caps

Crochet

Clochette

This cute brimmed hat is sure to be hit with anyone!

Crochet

Any Size Shell Stitch Hat

This basic hat uses only a few crochet stitches to make a beautiful cap

Crochet

Basketweave Vertical Stripe Cap

Crochet for Cancer Basketweave Vertical Stripe Cap.

Crochet

Elegant Hat

Hat is worked in continuous rounds and anyone will be lucky to receive it!

Crochet

Little Sister's Hat

Quick and easy pattern in 4 sizes for all the sisters in your life

Crochet

Crochet Chemo Turban

A lightweight hat for the summer months

 chemo caps - knit and sewn 

 
All Fiber Arts

Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List for our Partner Projects

Knit

Mock J Crew Ribbed Watchman Cap

Comfortable pattern sure to please any head.

Sew

"No Pattern" Chemo Cap

Fast, easy to sew or serge no pattern needed!

Sew

Daydream Believer Updated Scarf

Easy, fun and popular style of head covering requested by our charity partner.

Knit

Glinda's Chemo Hat

This unisex cap is easy to knit!

Knit

Knots of Love Geri's Cables

Versatile hat, brim can be worn up or down.

Sew

The Turban Project Pattern

The written pattern for the basic Turban Project turban.

Knit

Christian's Cap

This striped unisex hat is easy to knit!

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Boho Beanie/Chemo Cap

This comfortable, elasticated cap won't slip off.

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The Turban Project Video Tutorial

Video partner for the Turban Project pattern

 port pillows and tissue holders 

 
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Project Overview Sheet Port Pillow

Project Overview Sheet for Sewn Port Pillow

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2-strap Sewn Port Pillow

Simple and secure sewn port pillow

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Fabric Mini Tissue Holder

This sewn mini tissue holder is real scrap buster!

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Project Overview Sheet Mini Tissue Holder

Project Overview Sheet for sewn mini tissue holder

Knit

Knit Port Pillow

Crafting Change Port Pillow by Robyn Peters

Crochet

Crochet Mini Tissue Holder

These mini tissue holders have a cute pocket too!

All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Our recommended and tested yarns for our partner projects

Crochet

Crochet Port Pillow

Crafting Change Port Pillow by Melanie Shovelski

 cosmetic bags and pocket prayer quilts 

 
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Cosmetic Bag Project Overview Sheet

Project Overview Sheet for cosmetic bags for Leaving A Legacy. Start Here!

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15 Minute Zipper Pouch

Fast & Easy cosmetic bag

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Crafting Change Zippered Cosmetic Bag

Drawn pattern for easy cosmetic bag by Kathy Lawrence

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Project Overview Sheet Pocket Prayer Quilt

Project Overview Sheet for Pocket Prayer Quilt

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So Sew Easy Cosmetic Bag

This fast and easy zippered cosmetic bag is roomy and fun to make! Check out this video tutorial!

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Video Tutorial Pocket Prayer Quilts

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

 masks 

 
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Crafting Change Face Mask FAQ

Our FAQ on mask making!

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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.

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Craft Passion Video Tutorial

Video companion for the Craft Passion mask

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Sewing Seeds of Love

This is a popular and easy to sew kids mask.

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Japanese Sewing Book 3D

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

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Deaconess

Pleated mask great for kids

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SSOL Video Tutorial

Video companion for the Sewing Seeds of Love pattern

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Craft Passion

This contoured mask has multiple sizes great for kids.

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Deaconess Video Tutorial

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

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Unlined Drawstring Backpack

Video Tutorial for this easy drawstring backpack

   backpacks  

 shipping guidelines 

Leaving A Legacy is happy to accept your shipment when you are able to send it. Please include a Crafting Change Care Slip in your package and mail to: 

Leaving A Legacy

461 Tennent Road

Manalapan, NJ 07726

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 Leaving A Legacy here