Crafting Change was born out of the pandemic, we know how to step up during a crisis. Our mission will always be to match makers to projects with purpose, helping those in need. Right now women and children are fleeing war torn Ukraine. We have the opportunity to assist at the border of Ukraine and Poland by providing those refugees with essential items they did not arrive with. Crafting Change is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
If you sew, knit or crochet, please keep reading as we have many items we can make to send to our partner on the ground at the border of Ukraine and Poland. We will be collecting an unlimited quantity until we are told our help is no longer needed.
If you don't craft, we have an Amazon Wish List set up just for Ukraine and you can send purchased items to us that we will ship with our other items for you! Visit our Crafting Change For Ukraine Wish List Here.
our Ukraine impact
Aid For the Fighters (Emergency Blankets, Flint, etc.)
Humanitarian Aid (soap, soap sacks)
Warm Winter Hats & Mittens
what are we crafting?
COLLECTION OF WARM ITEMS COMPLETE!!!!
WE ARE ONLY COLLECTING SOAP SACKS and WISH LIST ITEMS AT THIS TIME!
Crafting Change is partnering with an organization on the ground at the Ukraine/Poland border working directly with the refugees fleeing war torn Ukraine. They have requested help providing warm items for the women and children who are arriving with literally nothing more than the clothes on their back after days of walking. They are serving women of all ages and children from infants to teens. Men are turned back at the border and required to stay and fight.
Items must be brand new and have a tag. Handmade items are welcome. You can print out our tag and attach at home or we will attach it once it arrives at our HQ prior to shipping to Poland.
This is a dynamic situation. Items will be shipped to Poland on a rolling basis, however this project may end abruptly as circumstances on the ground warrant. You don't see quantities listed above because there are 10 million displaced people in Ukraine and over 3 million refugees. However many we collect will be used.
Start Here: The Crafting Change Project Overview Sheet has tons of information you need for this project.
1) Warm Winter Hats and Mittens (NOT COLLECTING AT THIS TIME)
Hats and gloves sewn from fleece can be 1 or 2 layers.
Hats made on Addi knitting machines need to be 2 layers.
We have a strong preference that your knit and crochet hats are done with ribbing that offers stretch to fit many sizes of heads. We have two of our favorite patterns listed below and encourage you to consider working with these 2 quick and easy patterns!
Please use a pattern. Please don't freestyle this. We must know a size. Please work from a known pattern with measurements.
Please stay away from “craft” yarns and use high quality yarns that are washable. Washable wools are a great option for this climate.
Any machine washable yarn from your stash is acceptable as long as it was purchased in the last 5 years. Please do not use yarns from your stash older than 5 years as they may not be up to the current health and safety standards.
When buying fleece, please choose medium weight/anti-pill fleece.
Any colors of yarn/fabric are acceptable including variegated yarns and patterned fabric. Please be thoughtful as to who you are crafting for and the situation they are in when choosing colors.
We are NOT collecting any other winter items like scarves, etc. Please only send hats and mittens.
Check out our YouTube Warm Winter Items Playlist for tutorials for every craft type!
2) Tags & Tiny Hearts (NOT NEEDED AT THIS TIME)
We will be attaching a tag and tiny heart to every item before it is boxed and shipped to Poland. You can attach these to your items at home by printing them out here. You can attach the tags with the yarn tail of your tiny heart to your knit/crochet hats and with embroidery floss to your sewn items.
If you don't crochet, you can just ship your tags to us and we will attach your tags with a tiny heart her at HQ! No sense you taking the time to attach your tags by hand when we are also going to need to attach a heart!
We do not need any more supplies of just hearts sent to HQ, but sending hearts with your own items is helpful.
3) Soap Sacks, please attach the Ukrainian Soap Sack Tag!
We are also collecting hygiene items and we will be sending soap and soap sacks.
These can be knit, crochet or sewn out of terry. Knit and crochet are preferred.
Donations of soap are also accepted but not required with your sacks. We have soap on our Amazon Wish List too!
Please attach the Ukraine soap sack tag, if you are not able to do this at home, we will attach it at HQ.
Attaching a tiny heart is a nice touch, but not required.
warm winter hats
Crafting Change For Ukraine Project Overview Sheet
Our project overview sheet is where to start for any of our partner charities. It includes all information, links and important information for this project.
warm winter mittens
Crafting Change for Ukraine Project Overview Sheet
Our project overview sheet is where you should start before crafting for any of our partner charities. It has all the important information and helpful links. Start here!
This is an urgent request, please ship your items as soon as you have them completed.
Crafting Change for Ukraine
367 Lynnbrook Drive
Eugene, OR 97404
Get a $15 UPS label from Give Back Box and ship up to 50 pounds and 108" in girth to Crafting Change by clicking on our link here. We have had some issues with them reissuing the same tracking number, please ensure your label has a unique tracking number by running it through ups.com tracking system to see if it has already been used. If it has been, please email them at email@example.com and ask for a new label that has not been used. They have been great about emailing a new one pretty quickly.