Out of all the craft books that we've gotten in the last year, this is one of my favorites and it is my daughter's favorite.
Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause by Jade Sims
The theme of the book is crafting for charity, giving people hope with items made with love and care. Each project has a sidebar note about a charity it would be appropriate for, as well as a list of other charities including local groups that would appreciate the gift. Addresses and websites are included.
The projects themselves cover different skill levels and abilities, and are inexpensive to make. Some of them can be made by re-purposing items.
There are a lot of projects to make for children in need. Easily smocked dresses, bandanna pants, pillowcase skirts, stuffed animals with information about organizations like SOME, Little Red Wagon Foundation and many others of which you may not have heard.
The projects include melt and pour soaps, stuffed animals, hats, purses, scarves, fingerless mitts, a strung necklace and use such techniques as sewing, knitting, macrame, stamping, applique, stenciling and dyeing.
What I liked most about the book is that the projects are easily made and nice looking as well as the suggestions for ways to use them locally. That makes it a great book for scouting troops and other youth organizations that want projects that teach people how to make things that are also good for local donating.
In keeping with the spirit of the book, a dollar for every copy sold is donated to Global Impact.
Be sure to check out Jade Sims' site, CraftHope.com
You can get this book directly from the publisher, Lark Crafts
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