Saturday, 17 October 2020

Haberdashery and craft supplies from made4aid

We have some lush haberdashery and other great craft supplies in the made4aid shop at the moment.

Amongst our craft supplies there is some wonderful vintage haberdashery - much of it donated by Joy, from South London, quite a few years ago.  Some of Joy's donation has sold over the years, and now I have much more time, I am listing the rest of it.  We have fabulous vintage applique patches - little lace roses, silver and white and organza appliques; we have some gorgeous broderie anglais (selling quite fast) and some beautiful lace and other trims.

I have also been working with small offcuts of fabric, and little tiny scraps too, and using them to make buttons, pin cushions and needlecases. 

Our other craft supplies include some rubber printing stamps - another donation, and we have a lot of these on offer at a bargain price. If you could use a quantity of these, please contact me for a good deal!

And we have a stack of old - and very old - sheet music. This is a fantastic resource for decoupage, scrapbooking, digital wallpapers and other design work, altered art, paper sculpture work.....   Also at a bargain price!

Do pop into the made4aid Etsy shop and have a look!

Since re-opening the shop in June, I've been working hard at making and organizing, and its been so good to have more time for made4aid, and to have a positive focus for activity in the midst of Covid.  We have some new craft donations and donors contributing to made4aid - another post coming soon about that!

You can keep up to date with made4aid on Instagram (@made4aid)  and/or facebook (posts there much more often than on here...).    

The made4aid website has more information, including information about ways to get involved and how to donate items.  And you can contact me directly via email :

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Shop re-opened!

The made4aid shop is now open again, with some new items listed - and a lot more new items to come!


We have had some lovely donations and increased our range to include some sweet handmade toddler/baby tunic dresses, and a range of vintage haberdashery.  And there is more haberdashery to come over the coming weeks.

We also have a new website - please check it out, and do please let us know if you spot any broken links, or any information that isn't clear.

I'm continuing to sew scrubs for key workers in south London and its been fantastic to be able to use some time and sewing skills and sewing skills to help others - which is exactly what made4aid is about. All proceeds from made4aid sales are donated to Médecins sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Covid-19 : supporting medical emergency relief work

Made4aid supports Médecins sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders, who are on the front lines fighting Covid-19 and helping some of the thousands affected by it.

I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well in this global emergency situation and deep sympathy to those suffering.

For the time being, the made4aid shop on Etsy is closed. I am fine, and can still post things, but want to avoid going into the post office, adding to traffic there and adding non-essential pressure to the postal service.  However - in the meantime, and with so much time at home - I will be continuing to make things myself and prepare donations for listing once we are back in action:

Sneak preview:  lots more donations from lovely Amelia, of her homemade jewellery waiting to be photographed and listed.

I also have some lovely vintage items and craft supplies to list.....
I will update here when the shop re-opens.

Profits from made4aid go to Médecins sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders, international heroes who are working in a number of countries in response to Covid-19, as well as continuing their other medical emergency work.

I will be updating the info. on the side bar soon, which has total donations so far from made4aid.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Crafting for charity

Crafting for charity and copyright - which patterns can we use?

We love to hear from people who are interested in donating their work to made4aid. Sometimes people ask us to suggest sources for designs or patterns they could use, particularly for textile items - knitting, sewing, crochet - and it is important to recognise that there may be copyright issues in selling work made with someone else's pattern. 

*  Some designer patterns or pattern books will specify that the patterns should only be used for personal use - ie. things for you, family, friends - not for sale.  This is to protect the designer from their patterns being used commercially, without permission, for other people to gain income.

*  Some designers and websites provide their patterns copyright free, or say that they permit use of the patterns either for charity purposes or for selling.  (e.g. knitted designs by Jean Greenhowe and Alan Dart).  
This is often in the 'About' section, or FAQs, on a website.  Some will give permission if you contact them.  

*  There are many 'generic' types of design (eg. for a baby cardigan), and vintage designs, which are slightly different versions of a standard pattern type which is in the public domain, and not a unique and copyrighted design.   There are also lots of websites that provide patterns free of copyright, or which can be sold for charity fund-raising.  

If you are making items to donate to made4aid, and you are using a designer pattern you have bought, do please check the small print for any copyright statements, and check that the copyright does not prohibit use for selling purposes.

Below there is a list of links for knitting patterns that are copy-right free, or free to use for charity. Many individual designers (eg. on Ravelry) will also give permission on their profile, or if asked via email. 

Do please let us know if you have other sources we could add to this list.

  • Alan Dart Open use of Alan's patterns for charity, but note that this excludes patterns for licensed characters (eg. Disney or similar). Free and/or low-cost patterns.
  • Jean Greenhowe's website invites people to use her patterns to make things to raise money for charity. The website includes some free patterns.

    There is more information here about donating to made4aid - we welcome lots of different kinds of items, not only textile items like those above. Do get in touch if you want to get involved or if you have any questions:

Thursday, 2 January 2020

2020! onwards and upwards

Happy New Year from made4aid, I hope 2020 will be peaceful and happy for you and yours.

Some new people have been donating items in 2019, and that - together with me having more time - have helped grow made4aid sales.  And that means - growth in our donations to Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors without Borders. 

TOTAL DONATIONS from made4aid to charity: 
£7708 / US$ 10,184 total donations
£5725 / $7562 of these donations were to MSF.
(more information on the sidebar)


to everyone who has been interested or involved in made4aid - who has bought something, or donated something; who has shared a facebook post or mentioned made4aid to their friends.

Quite a few of Linda Ann's Christmas stockings sold in October and November, plus some ceramic jewellery made by Amelia, and vintage fabric cushions and bags made and donated by Tanya. Their creativity and generosity has helped grow our sales, thanks so much.

If you are interested in donating any items to made4aid, there is more information about what and how you might donate on the made4aid website. Please email me if you have any queries.

And made4aid is now more active on social media, do follow us : made4aid on facebook and/or on Instagram.

So - lots sold in the run up to Christmas, still lots of nice things in the shop such as:

Contact email for any queries:

Friday, 1 November 2019

Back in action!

The made4aid Etsy shop is now open again, after a brief time off.

I'm working hard to get lots of lovely things in the shop ahead of Christmas. We've had some fabulous items donated.  

Bags and Christmas stockings made and donated by Linda Ann

Handmade ceramic jewellery, made and donated by Amelia - a few examples, lots more in the shop and to come....


 Cushion covers and bags, made from vintage fabrics and donated by Tanya - a few examples, more in the shop and lots more to come....



And I am just finishing a few projects which will be ready for listing soon - a couple of sneak previews:


Thank you to everyone who visits the shop, donates an item, and/or buys something.

All profits from made4aid sales go to Medécins sans Frontiéres / Doctors without Borders. I will be updating our charity donation information (money raised so far) within the next week or so.

Made4aid has ticked over slowly, in a small way, over the past years. I am now going to have much more time to devote to managing and promoting the shop - and especially time for making things myself, which is where made4aid began in the first place, with making and blogging.  I am starting to post again on Instagram, and in the next month or two, there will be items for sale there as well as items in the Etsy shop.

Other craft charity projects
I have also been knitting cannula sleeves for the UK Handmade for Dementia group, working with the Altzheimer's Society - more info here or find them on facebook.  

Soon I hope to be knitting some worry monsters for Knit with Nowt, another UK group providing worry monsters and other puppets and dolls for therapists working with children - more info. here; find them on facebook

There are so many great ways to contribute to good causes, if you can sew, knit or crochet - some are listed on the made4aid website, do have a look and let me know if there any I've missed. 

Thanks for looking and reading!

made4aid can be contacted at, or on facebook.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

charity craft projects

Well, the made4aid shop on Etsy is temporarily closed, as I am recovering from surgery - I'm hoping to open the shop in August.

In the meantime, I've been knitting for made4aid - and also for some other great charity projects.

So if you are a crafter - knitting, crochet, sewing - you might be interested in one of these.  And they are all good for using up bits and pieces of yarn / fabric.

Knitted knockers.   This is an international project.

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Knitted knockers provide a fantastic alternative prosthetic for women who have had a mastectomy or other breast surgery, and don't want implants or don't find other kinds of prosthetics comfortable. Knitted or crocheted, they are light and soft, and cooler in hot weather than other kinds of prosthetic.

The knockers  are knitted or crocheted in the round, and the various groups provide patterns, and also a list of 'authorised' yarns which must be used, as they have been tested for comfort etc.  The online groups provide patterns and guidance, and help coordinate knitters and link them up with women who need the knitted knockers.

Knitted Knockers - public and international facebook group.   This is an international group which has links to 'local' groups in the USA, Malaysia, India, Canada - and elsewhere. Provides list of recommended yarn, patterns, information about local knitting groups and a lot of friendly chat and encouragement.

UK Knitted Knockers application board - This is where you can send a request here if you want to get involved with the UK charity group, there is an application process to go through.   Once you've 'joined up', you become part of the active online group which is very friendly and supportive. This group provides some quality assurance, to make sure that the items are safe and meet health and safety needs, so with their guidance you can be confident you are producing a knitted knocker thats safe, comfortable and the right size.   The UK group  organises promotional events - they can also provide yarn and gift bags, and some funding - if you need it - for postage to the person who needs the knockers you make.    Knitted Knockers facebook page

Handmade for dementia   

Handmade for Dementia (UK) 

This is a great knitting project for de-stashing and using up left over bits and pieces of yarn. Bright striped cannula sleeves are designed to help prevent dementia patients becoming distressed if they have a cannula, and prevent them fiddling with or pulling out the cannula. The group provides patterns and advice over the knitting, bright colours of double knitting yarn are needed for the outside of the sleeve, and plain / lighter colours for the inside (lining).  Fairly easy to knit and they make up quickly.  Handmade for Dementia UK facebook group.  Those who crochet but don't knit can also get involved making crochet 'twiddles' for the sleeves, and supporting in other ways.
This is my first cannula sleeve.
There is also a group making similar muffs in New Jersey, USA - more information here.

If anyone knows of similar alzheimers projects outside the UK, do please let us know and we can post about them here.

Worry puppets / monsters UK project for children's therapy

Knit for Nowt - worry monsters  (UK) Knitting, crochet, sewing.
This is another great de-stash charity project for all those little bits and pieces of yarn or fabric. Worry puppets or worry monsters are used by therapists working with children suffering from bereavement, neglect or other trauma. The group provide the puppets/monsters to social work groups across the UK.  They provide guidance and patterns, including safety requirements, and they coordinate provision of the puppets to social workers.
Knit for Nowt on facebook.