July 21: National Craft for Shelters Day

We are calling all fellow blog friends, pet lovers, and crafters around the Nation to join us on this special day. Help us keep National Craft for Shelters Day going and growing! Please spread the word!—Erika Lindquist, Sew Doggy Style

nationalcraftdayEstablished in 2012 by Sew Doggy Style blogger Erika Lindquist, National Craft for Shelters Day has a simple message. If you know how to make handmade-crafts, you can use your talent to give back to local shelters on July 21 by making budget-friendly gifts.

On her site, Lindquist offers the below tips to interested crafters.

  • Decide on a shelter to donate to. Then contact them and make sure they want to receive your donation.
  • If you aren’t sure of what handcrafted items to make, ask your shelter of choice what they could use the most. Alternatively, check out Sew Doggy Style for ideas, some of which include: beds, painted bowls, leashes, and toys. The group’s number one requested items? “Adopt me” bandanas.
  • Devise a realistic “game plan”. Some questions to consider are: Do you need a pattern? What other materials will you need? How long will one craft item take to make? How much time can you afford?
  • Consider getting others involved. Organizing a craft night, wherein you set up “stations” and assign tasks based on each crafter’s skills.
  • Ask for sponsors! Maybe your local craft stores have supplies that they’d be willing to donate. Or friends? Think outside the box and don’t give up.

When your crafts are done and you’re ready to donate, follow-up with a call to your selected shelter and make arrangements to donate your completed items. While at the shelter, take photos of pets using your group’s handcrafted items so that you can share them online and help spread the word.

On her site, Lindquist also includes a request to shelters to contact Sew Doggy Style for specific items of need. One of the more unusual projects developed as part of National Craft for Your Shelter came from the Women’s Humane Society, which stated that their shelter needed agility and obstacle course pieces made out of supplies like PVC pipes. Finally, Lindquist provides a pledge that crafters can make. As she explains, we’re all more likely to do something if we make a public commitment.

I wanted to come up with a way for people to give/donate to their local shelters that would be fun and affordable. If someone is unable to help their shelter financially, they can help by making simple, yet meaningful, items for the animals.—Erika Lindquist, I Love Dogs

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