YMCA of El Paso   Refugee Project  

 

 The YMCA of El Paso, TX  is helping with 14,000 displaced refugees from Afghanistan as well as thousands fleeing Central America. 

They are collecting all kinds of supplies to help provide basic necessities to those arriving with nothing other than the clothes on their back. We are helping with a select number of items for them as they assist in the resettlement of the thousands of families they are working with. 

Their need for items is great and they are collecting many more items then we are helping with. The people are arriving with nothing. Crafting Change would love to help with all of their needs, but we have identified the ways we can help the best as other agencies help with other needs. 

 what are we crafting? 

Item Requested
Craft Type
Quantity Requested
Quantity Still Needed
Bags/Backpacks
Sew
150
150
Soap Sacks
Sew/Knit/Crochet
300
224
Masks: Child (any ages 2-15)
Sew
75
0
Masks: Adult
Sew
225
30

 project must-knows 

1) Pandemic Relief - Reusable Cloth Masks

Any Pattern accepted as long as it meets the following guidelines:

  • Ages 2-Adult
  • 2 layer with filter pocket (please include filter) OR
  • 3 layer (3rd layer cotton or polypropylene)
  • Nose wire for children ages 9 and up, unless your mask has a nose dart like the 3D mask or the SSOL mask. 
  • Adjustable ear loops preferred but not required, this location accepts any type of masks
Fabric: Please avoid using holiday fabric or religious themed fabric for masks. 

2) Adult Size Drawstring Back Packs, OR Tote Bags of Any size 

We will be crafting Adult size drawstring backpacks to help those newly displaced carry items they are receiving upon arrival. Any of our patterns for tote bags or the adult size drawstring backpack will work. They need bags for for kids, teens and adults. 

Fabric: Please avoid using holiday fabric or religious themed fabric for bags and backpacks.

3) Soap Sacks- Hygiene Items are also needed and they would love to receive some soap sacks to distribute. Please include the tag so folks know what they are, how to use them and have the soap so they are usable right away. Including the soap is not required, but very much appreciated for this location as their donations are sporadic of the hygiene items. 

 
 

 masks 

 
Sew

Crafting Change Face Mask FAQ

Our FAQ on mask making!

Sew

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.

Sew

Japanese Sewing Book 3D

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

Sew

Deaconess

Pleated mask great for kids

Sew

Sewing Seeds of Love

This is a popular and easy to sew kids mask.

Sew

SWO Child Mask Written Instructions

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

Sew

Craft Passion

This contoured mask has multiple sizes great for kids.

Sew

Deaconess Video Tutorial

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

Sew

SSOL Video Tutorial

Video companion for the Sewing Seeds of Love pattern

Sew

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.

Sew

Craft Passion Video Tutorial

Video companion for the Craft Passion mask

 soap sacks 

 
Sew/Knit/Crochet

Soap Sack Tags

A link to S.A.C.K. website for their tags to attach to your Soap Sacks!

Knit

Knit Soap Sacks

A folder full of different knit soap sack patterns

Crochet

Major Stitches Soap Sack

Lovely military themed sack designed by Melanie Shovelski

All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Recommended & Tested Yarn List for all crafting change partner projects

Crochet

Soap Sack Video Tutorial

Crochet a soap sack with Melanie Shovelski

Crochet

Granny Square Soap Sack

Granny Square Pattern designed by Melanie Shovelski

Crochet/Knit

Soap Sack Yarn List

Approved Yarn List for Soap Sacks

Crochet

Splish Splash Soap Sack

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

Sew

Sewn Terry Soap Sack

Easy sewn terry towel soap sack by Robyn Peters

   bags and backpacks  

 
SEW

Adult Backpack Fabric & Cord Selection

Short video on how to choose fabric and cording for the adult drawstring backpack

SEW

Easy Canvas Tote Bag

Easy tote bag with a cotton print pocket.

SEW

DIY Beginner Tote

Basic lined beginner friendly tote bag

SEW

Adult Drawstring Backpack Project Overview & Pattern

Adult Drawstring backpack overview and pattern

SEW

Crafting Change Taco Tote

Project Overview Sheet & Pattern for Crafting Change Taco Tote

SEW

Adult Drawstring Back Pack Quick Class Video

Adult Size Draw String Backpack

SEW

Two-Toned Fabric Tote

Cute two toned fabric totes made two ways

 

 shipping guidelines 

Please ship your donations whenever you have them, they are urgently needed. This location can accept shipments via USPS, FEDEX and UPS. 

YMCA of EL PASO

Attn: Bill Coon

Refugee Project

810 Wyoming Ave.

El Paso, TX 79902