Where can I donate quilt fabric?

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Where can I donate quilt fabric?

The day has come. You know the one where you're thumbing through your fabric and you ask yourself, "Why did I buy this?" Or maybe you look around your sewing space and you just see stacks and piles and overflowing bins of fabric you're no longer inspired by or that you will never get to.

But it's perfectly good fabric, you tell yourself. Surely someone can use it. But who? And where can I donate quilt fabric?

Luckily, there are lots of places that accept donations of quilt fabric. I've compiled a brief list of some charitable organizations in the USA below. And at the bottom of this post, you'll find a few other ideas of places that might accept fabric donations.

Coffee Creek Quilters
Coffee Creek Quilters teaches quilting classes to women incarcerated at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. They accept donations of 100% quilting weight cotton fabric (must be at least 1 yard), minky and flannel fabric (40" x 60" minimum), cotton batting (minimum 60" x 80"), sewing tools (rotary cutters, scissors, cutting mats, threads, etc.), and portable sewing machines.

This is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Creative Reuse Centers
These creative reuse centers seem to be cropping up all across America and aim to divert usable waste (like fabric) from landfills for use in creative projects. The ones listed below all accept donations of fabric and other materials. Look up the donation requirements on each site to see what kinds of fabric and sizes are acceptable. It's worth noting that many of these require donations be made in-person.

All listed above are registered 501(c)(3) organizations.

Quilts from Caring Hands
Quilts from Caring Hands makes and distributes quilts to at-risk children in Oregon's Willamette Valley area. They accept 100% cotton fabric in large pieces or pre-printed panels. They also accept textured fabric (like fleece), pieced blocks, unfinished quilt tops, and completed quilts.

This is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Quilts of Valor
The mission of Quilts of Valor is to "cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing" quilts. They accept donations of new 100% quilting weight cotton fabric. The fabric must be stain- and odor-free, and donations of red/white/blue fabrics are preferred (though not required).

This is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Snuggled in Hope
Snuggled in Hope is a 100% volunteer- and donation-based organization that makes quilts and pillowcases for the campers at Flying Horse Farms in Ohio. (Flying Horse Farms provides camp experiences to children with serious illnesses, and is a member of Paul Newman's SeriousFun Children's Network.) They accept donations of 100% cotton fabric (cheerful, kid-friendly prints; no glittery fabric; no flannel, fleece, denim, or knits) and quilting supplies like rotary cutters, replacement blades, cutting mats, and quilting rulers.

This is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Victoria's Quilts
Victoria's Quilts makes quilts for cancer patients of all ages, stages, and types of cancer within the USA. They accept donations of new, clean, 100% cotton fabric or cotton flannel in pieces that are at least 1-yard in length. Fabric must not be previously used or laundered.

This is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Wrap Them in Love Foundation
The mission of Wrap Them in Love is to distribute quilts to children around the world through local food banks, orphanages, shelters, hospitals, and those in natural disasters. They accept donations of fabric, batting, sewing supplies, quilt tops, and finished quilts.

This is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

A few other places that might accept your quilt fabric donations:

If you know of other places that accept fabric donations, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.




6 Responses

Rosemary Bolton
Rosemary Bolton

May 19, 2018

These are wonderful choices to send fabric.
Yes, I agree we have fabric that we are tired of, it is “inherited” from a friend (or big sister 😭 ) or my mommy, that I am not ready to give away yet, but I did give away her adorable stretchy pants, and cutie sweat shirts that were in good condition, to the local long term care home. That was really hard too.
Now the fabrics need to be used, We can not have stacks of fabric just waiting to be made into something happy. I am so glad that you shared these places.
I have been giving my fabric to my friend that has a sewing school. The young kids make things and she is also teaching them to make cute blankies for the kiddos in the ER or hospital.

Laurie
Laurie

May 19, 2018

Handcrafts Unlimited in Georgetown, TX accepts quilting cottons and any other fabrics, yarns, etc., as well. HU is a non-profit artisan shop run and staffed by volunteers, and all artisans who consign their work there must be over 50 years old and live in the local area. We have almost 300 very talented artisans, and the shop is widely known for the beautiful handmade quilts that are sold there. We also have a room full of donated artisan supplies that are sold very cheaply. Many of our artisans aquire supplies there, and then turn them into beautiful creations. It’s a wonderful way to keep the arts alive among the local senior adult population! More info on the website: http://www.handcraftsunlimited.com/

Julie @ The Crafty Quilter
Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

May 19, 2018

Thank you for compiling that list! It’s very helpful for my upcoming spring cleaning of the sewing room.

Cordelia Scahill
Cordelia Scahill

May 21, 2018

I’m putting together several bags of scrap fabric, batting and thread and have made arrangements with the local Girl Scouts to donate my stash to them. They will share it with other girl scout troops in NH.

Kathleen
Kathleen

May 27, 2018

The Tutwiler Quilters, a creative and resourceful group of African American women who sell their hand-quilted quilts and many other quilted items at the Tutwiler Community Center, in Tutwiler, Mississippi, would greatly appreciate any donations of fabric and sewing supplies. Please visit their website, www.tutwilerquilters.org or www.tutwilercenter.org to learn more about this amazing group and the non-profit Community Center in the tiny Delta town, Tutwiler. My friends and I have been to the Community Center several times over many years when volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in the nearby town of Tutwiler, MS.

Sandy
Sandy

September 04, 2018

Long time quilter. I have a great deal of fabric to donate, most of which is already cut into various sizes and lengths of strips. One could just open a box and start sewing and have a quilt n no time. Is there any place close to Wyoming that might be interested, or that I can contact? Thanks in advance.

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