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? 

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 project must-knows 

1) 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.

2) 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.


3) Mittens & Gloves - For the cold winter weather of El Paso we would like to provide some warm winter mittens & gloves for all ages. Fingerless gloves are really loved as well!  Children to Adults. Fleece or Knit or Crochet gratefully accepted.


 soap sacks 


Ukraine Soap Sack Tag

The special tag for soap sacks going to Ukraine!


Soap Sack Tags

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


Soap Sack Video Tutorial

Crochet a soap sack with Melanie Shovelski


Granny Square Soap Sack

Granny Square Pattern designed by Melanie Shovelski


Soap Sack Resources

Resources from S.A.C.K. including many crochet and knit patterns.

All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Recommended & Tested Yarn List for all crafting change partner projects


Splish Splash Soap Sack

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


Sewn Soap Sack

Sewn Terry Cloth soap sack ideal for those able to d


Knit Soap Sacks

A folder full of different knit soap sack patterns


Major Stitches Soap Sack

Lovely military themed sack designed by Melanie Shovelski


Sewn Terry Soap Sack

Easy sewn terry towel soap sack by Robyn Peters

   bags and backpacks  


Adult Backpack Fabric & Cord Selection

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


Easy Canvas Tote Bag

Easy tote bag with a cotton print pocket.


DIY Beginner Tote

Basic lined beginner friendly tote bag


Adult Drawstring Backpack Project Overview & Pattern

Adult Drawstring backpack overview and pattern


Crafting Change Taco Tote

Project Overview Sheet & Pattern for Crafting Change Taco Tote


Adult Drawstring Back Pack Quick Class Video

Adult Size Draw String Backpack


Two-Toned Fabric Tote

Cute two toned fabric totes made two ways

 gloves and mittens 


Quick Sew Video Tutorial For Fleece Fingerless Gloves

Quick Sew Video Tutorial For Fleece Fingerless Gloves


Fleece Mittens with Lining Pattern & Video

Easy lined mittens in 3 sizes child to adult. Written Instructions and link for video tutorial.


Project Overview Sheet & Pattern Fingerless Gloves

The project overview sheet includes tips and tricks as well as the links to the pattern for the fleece fingerless gloves!


Warm Winter Zoom Room Fleece Hats & Mittens

Unedited video of Zoom Room Class with Kathy Lawrence on sewing fleece hats & mittens!

All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarns

Our recommended and tested yarn list for our partner projects.


Super Simple FIngerless Mitts

Crocheted in the round, an easy fingerless mitt pattern.


Suzette Stich Ear Warmer

This beginner friendly pattern uses only single crochet and double crochet stitches. Includes multiple sizing options and video tutorial.


Ear Warmers 3 Ways

This basic ear warmer pattern has 3 unique finishing techniques!


Super Simple Fingerless Gloves

Quick, easy fun to make with endless color combinations.


Topless Mittens

Knit The Rainbow Designer pattern. These fingerless mittens make a quick and low-cost


Gender Neutral Ear Warmer

This easy to make tube is great for men or a nice gender neutral choice!


Crafting Change Wristers

Easy wristers by Melanie Shovelski done in a rectangle and seamed up the side.


Lion Brand Ribbed Headband

Easy ribbed gender neutral headband.


Crafting Change Knitted Ear Warmer

An easy, beginner project of a basic ear warmer written by Robyn Peters.


 shipping guidelines 

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


Attn: Bill Coon

Refugee Project

810 Wyoming Ave.

El Paso, TX 79902