Craftivism is a way to be a changemaker while also being creative with your hands. Here are five ways to craft real change right now.
You may have heard about the Bakers Against Racism event, which, in June, raised nearly $2 million in donations for organizations that fight systemic racism.
It was a great example of craftivism—a type of gentle activism that incorporates activities usually classified as “domestic arts,” such as baking, sewing, crocheting, and knitting, into political action and activism.
Want to give craftivism a try? Here are five craftivism projects that can help make a difference in the world right now.
- Warm Up America. This charity is perfect for beginner knitters and longtime crocheting veterans alike. Warm Up America accepts 7–inch-by-9-inch knit/crochet sections to turn into crocheted blankets or full-size knitted blankets for communities in need. Its needs change year-round—helping veterans, newborns, kidney patients, the homeless, etc.—so make sure to check the website for more information on what and how to donate.
- Donate face masks to hospitals and schools. Face masks and PPE are in high demand, especially for those in the education and healthcare fields who are not directly at risk for COVID-19 but still need additional protection. This site has instructions and videos for how to make masks for adults and children, and is a great way to upcycle textiles you may have at home.
- Project Linus. Named after the famous Peanuts character, Project Linus provides blankets to children who are traumatized or seriously ill, and in need of the security a handmade blanket can provide. Multiple chapters and drop-off points are available for handmade blanket donations, but check in with your local chapter for its specific needs.
- The Anti-Cruelty Society. Animals need enrichment toys when they live in a shelter environment, so enrich their lives with toys you’ve DIY’d. The Anti-Cruelty Society has instructions on how to craft cat wands, cork toys, dog puzzle and tug toys, kitty sachets, and no-sew pet beds—as well as how to donate them once you’re done. Bonus: You can make these out of recycled materials to not only help animals, but also the environment.
- Mother Bear Project. The Mother Bear Project helps distribute handknitted bears to primarily help comfort children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. These knitting patterns are great for beginner knitters; crocheting patterns are also available.