Autumn 2011: Cuddlies for Foster Kids Pattern Links

UPDATE JANUARY 28TH, 2012: We are pleased to have gathered 200 scarves and toys for foster children! This project is now officially closed. NOTE: Because the need for small soft stuffed toys goes on year-round, we will continue to accept softies only (not scarves or hats) for delivery to foster children until further notice as a sideline to future projects. AND do look for our next crafting-for-a-cause project to kick off about March, 2012.

Our Autumn 2011 project, Cuddlies for Foster Kids, is a great way to bring comfort to children in difficult times. But we also can’t help getting excited about all the free craft patterns available online! Our short list features knitting, crocheting, and sewing patterns that meet, or can be sized to meet, the project requirements. Some are extra easy, with video tutorials–and we mean super-duper simple (one pattern requires only half an hour and the ability to use scissors). Others are easy, and still others are more challenging. All are free, though some sites require log-in. Of course, feel free to use a different pattern or design your own so long as it meets the project specifications.

Super-easy with video instructions

  • No-sew fleece scarf: http://www.spreadawareness.info/simpleprojects.html  Scroll down to find the video on how to make a scarf. Note: You will need to cut off the selvage of the fabric (the edges that curl or pull slightly) before making this scarf. To vary the width of a scarf, measure the end and make evenly spaced cuts for the fringe (making sure that each width of fringe is at least 1″ in width).

Easy

Knit scarf

More challenging

Web sites with lists of free craft patterns

Check out our links page for some sites that list free online craft patterns. (Be sure to read the project specifics before choosing a pattern for this project.)

What’s next?

Get crafting! And do check back with our project blog for updates.