Sewing for Charity
Sewing for Charity Australia is a registered charity whose mission is to make and
provide handmade items to those suffering from distress, health crisis or disadvantage and the communities that support them.
Since inception in November 2015, over 190,000 handmade items have been distributed to more than 350 organisations around Australia.
The charity has grown from a small group in Eden’s Landing, to having over 4000 volunteers and donors in every state and territory.
Sewing for Charity Australia work in partnership with established charities as well as grassroots community groups who engage in direct giving. They also donate directly to hospitals, nursing homes, schools and almost anywhere that needs some handmade love!
“We are passionate about reducing textile waste and wherever possible engage in sustainable practice by upcycling used textiles and clothing to make handmade items for donation” commented founder and CEO, Cass Gell.
Private donations of fabrics, wool and notions from businesses and individuals thus avoiding creation of landfill are also accepted. To date the charity has rescued over 77,000kg of textile waste from landfill.
In March 2020, Sewing for Charity moved into a commercial property, located on 30 Spanns Road in Beenleigh. And thus, The Sewing Lair was born.
The Sewing Lair is the charity’s national HQ. From here they operate a social enterprise model run by volunteers.
“All funds raised go directly to operating costs and charity projects. We have a fabric and haberdashery op shop and run low cost and free classes, social groups and workshops. We also have a Kids Club that operates every Saturday and is very popular” remarked Cass.
Sewing for Charity’s central focus is and will always be community. Through sewing groups, in home visits, forum interaction and social media we reach out to isolated people nationwide to assist with removing social and physical barriers to community
With your help, Sewing for Charity can continue to support community members nationwide to connect, learn useful skills and create with purpose. If you would like to get involved, head to sewingforcharity.com for more information.