Follow a Pattern: Sewing, Knitting and Crocheting Projects

Pioneers have always embraced challenges. But in this current time, we are faced with unique ones: the extraordinary need of so many Americans and how to volunteer safely during the ongoing pandemic.

We need to think outside of the box. Pioneers may not be able to volunteer in person as in the past, but there are still many opportunities to help others – right from the comfort of your couch.

Keep reading to discover how you can still make a difference, with new projects and old ones reimagined.

Fabric Face Masks

In 2019, virtually no one could have anticipated the demand for cloth masks. In 2020, they became a necessity for everyone to wear to slow the spread of coronavirus. Pioneers across the country have answered the call to stitch and deliver fabric face masks to hospitals, care centers, and friends and family. If you are ready to get sewing, here are a few patterns and tutorials from JoAnn Fabrics.

Hug-a-Bears and Heart Pillows

For many years, Pioneers have been creating stuffed bears and heart pillows to deliver to hospitals, emergency services and first responders. The materials needed are simple: cloth, needle, thread and stuffing. No sewing machine necessary. Click here for the Hug-A-Bear pattern.

Hats and Beanies

From crocheting beanies for newborns to knitting head covers for cancer survivors, crafty Pioneers have had great success wielding yarn and needles over the years. And, for a new project, check out the Magic Yarn Project  which has ideas and patterns for knitting character wigs and “yarn” hair for children with cancer.

Blankets and Quilts

Who doesn’t love a soft, cozy blanket to snuggle in? Especially kids! Check out the Linus Project for ways your chapter can get involved in making “binky” blankets for children in need. These blankets can be sewn, knitted, or even quilted and no advanced sewing skills are needed.