Could it be any harder to find an organization to give my used items to?
We get this question ALL THE TIME. And I get it. Being a military spouse (hence constantly purging and rebuying new things for the next new house), I’m always on the lookout for a good used-items organization. And I know how hard it can be to find one, because either
- You find out later that the organization actually throws away a bunch of the donated items, or
- Your items get rejected for “not being good enough.”
This drives me BANANAS – and to that end, we’re working on a list of the Top 10 places to donate your used items (Follow us on Instagram to find out when we release it!). But in the meantime, we’re bringing you this awesome, fantastic, oh-so-rad project that will solve a piece of this for you. Why, you ask?
Because it takes some of your old and makes it new again.
Yep. Upcycled projects. They might be my most favorite type of project, because – seriously. It’s like you’re giving the Earth a hug every time you reduce the waste on this planet – and that’s exactly what upcycled projects do.
This project is to help immigrants in the U.S. – keep reading for more info on why that’s important (and what organization to send this to!). But for now – let’s get cracking on some super cute unicorn hooded towels!
- One Bath Towel and One Hand Towel, Gently Used (or get These Bath Towels and These Hand Towels)
- Fabric in a Fun Pattern (1 yard)
- Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors
- Star Template, Horn & Ear Template (available with the downloadable pdf!)
Step 1: Using the Star Template, Cut out stars in your fabric. Place and pin them about your bath towel (I did 5, but it’s up to you!)
Step 2: Sew the stars on using satin/zigzag stitch.
Step 3: Cut out your hand towel the short way, so you end up with a short fat piece. Fold over one of the short edges and hem.
Step 4: Cut out the horn from your fabric. Sew together right side in, then hand-sew on the circle at the bottom. (If you need a pattern for this, check out this project pdf in our shop!)
Step 5: Turn horn rightside out. Stick a Needle with Embroidery Thread out the top and stuff.
Step 6: Make a Spiral down the horn with your thread, then hand-sew together the opening
Step 7: Cut out the ears – 2 from your leftover hand towel, 2 from your accent fabric
Step 8: Sew together right sides in. Turn right sides out, and now you have your horn and ears
Step 9: Mark on the Hand towel hood where you want the pieces to go – I did the horn in the dead center, the ears a bit offset. Cut a slit in the hand towel for each ear piece, stick the hand towel through and then sew together on the inside.
Step 10: Attach the Horn by hand-stitching
Step 11: Turn your Hand Towel inside out and stitch the back edge together
Step 11: Turn your Hand Towel right side out, pin and stitch onto your bath towel (make sure the stars are on the outside!
Voila! Your final unicorn hooded towel!
Now it’s time to send those towels to people that need them the most! Pop them into a box and mail them off to:
Refugee Women’s Alliance
4008 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Most immigrants and refugees arrive in the United States with very, very little – if anything at all. It’s definitely a tough road to go down (and often involved human trafficking and abuse). Not necessarily the best introduction to a new country – so maybe, in fact, we should build community around them so they are not quite so isolated. Sending a handmade, though-filled gift is the perfect way to do so (remember the welcome wagon in neighborhoods of old?), and ReWa – or the Refugee Women’s Alliance – is the perfect organization to do it with.
ReWa is an Aina-Approved (so you know it’s amazing) nonprofit that helps welcome new refugees into the United States. For over 33 years they have been working with refugee women and families to help them grow and thrive in their new country. Go to ReWa’s website and get more information about what they do and how you can help!
We think these are SO FUN to make – and our small models liked them too ;). Remember to share your creations with us on Instagram by tagging us @ainagiving and using #ChangeCrafters!
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Carmen Westbrook is the CEO and co-founder of Aina Giving, a female-led company that transforms women into world changers. Join the movement of DIY World Change and get our accredited projects, leadership coaching, and nonprofit consulting – email us and tell us how you want to change the world. We’ll help you get there.