Creative Inspirations: Crafting for charity

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, following a month of crazy busy times in the day job! I’ve still been crafting and nosing when I can, so today I want to bring you another post in my Creative Inspirations series: Crafting for charity.

Twitter is a wonderful thing. Personally, I feel I get way more from it than Facebook and I feel more inspired by the creative people I follow. Two of the charities I want to talk about today I discovered via amazing Twitter followers.

Crafty Guider (Website / Twitter)

Louise is a busy mum of two, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life. Oh I do love a tweet up.  She runs a jam packed Girl Guides group (there is a long waiting list!) and sells all her makes to raise money for the Girl Guiding charity. Definitely an inspiration in my eyes.

I particularly like her very professional oven mitts (Cath Kidston fabrics are always a winner) and her fabric covered mirrors were recently featured in Popular Crafts Magazine. I’m a sucker for anything fabric covered.


Linda Kirkbride for Estella Star Twitter

Linda is a textile artist currently supporting the Estella Star #smashsma campaign on Twitter to raise awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy . Baby Estella was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type One in April of 2011 and sadly she passed away in November 2011. SMA is the number one genetic cause of death in babies and affects muscular development.

Linda is working on making an art bra to raise money and awareness for SMA. Her art bras are amazing – have a look here for her creations! The bra will be made up of lots of handmade stars donated by crafters and modelled by Nicola McLean. I have made these simple crochet stars in bright coral yarn to add to the bra. They still need finishing off (blocking and weaving ends) but they are almost ready.

crochet stars by claireabellemakes

If you would like to make a star for the Estella #smashsma campaign, please contact Linda via Twitter. You can also find out more about Estella’s story and SMA on the smashsma blog. In my opinion, this is a worthwhile cause and sadly, unknown to many people.

Tiny Stitches Poppy Appeal Shop / Twitter

I first met Laura, the face behind Tiny Stitches at a craft fair in Cambridge where I bought one of her Knit Kits after getting back into knitting.

Laura offers knitted and handmade items and runs art/craft workshops across the South East. Her recent range includes knitted bouquets of flowers which I love!

She is asking people to knit a simple poppy to make Poppy Brooches in support of the Royal British Legion. Further information is displayed on the poster below. I’m definitely going to give this one a try. I’m off to a crochet flowers class this morning, so maybe after that I might be able to do a variety (wishful thinking)!

Thanks for reading this far. I felt it important to share these causes with you as I was inspired by the stories behind the craft and I hope you have been too.

If you’d like to find more campaigns to craft for charity, please visit the Crafts 4 Charity website or follow them on Twitter.

Are you making anything for charity? I’d love to hear more so please share your links below!

claireabelle x

This post has been linked at Handmade Monday.

25 thoughts on “Creative Inspirations: Crafting for charity

  1. What a great post Claire. Crafting for charity is such a great way to meet new people & try new crafts, the loveliest part i knowing you have helped in some small way. xx

  2. These people are so amazing aren’t they? You do yourself no favours and should be more positive about what you can do! You made those stars and you can make the poppies too (I’ve seen your flower!) A lovely post as always. Thank you 🙂

  3. I love posts like these because they highlight yet more of the benefits of creativity and crafting. My friend knitted a poppy for me last year because it’s very important to me to wear one, so perhaps I should make it a challenge to have a go at making one myself. x

  4. A lovely post – really inspiring. People sometimes just blow me away with their generosity and capacity to help others. Thanks for sharing these links and stories.

  5. Good luck with your crochet flowers workshop. I can’t wait to see your poppy if you manage it – sorry ‘when’ you manage it 🙂 You featured some very inspirational people.

  6. Great post, have contacted the bra lady having nursed a child with SMA many years ago, any support for the parents and kids is a must. There are a couple of poppy patterns in 100 flowers to knit and crochet – they are really lovely 🙂

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