From Bolt to Hat

Some of the fleece we use is made in China and some in Taiwan. I order it from one of two wholesalers here in the US, and it arrives at my manufacturer in large rolls of around 60 yards each.

A partial roll of fleece as it comes from the wholesaler
This is a partial roll of fleece. A full one is larger around.

At the manufacturer, the roll is laid out on a long table and the pieces of each sleeve are cut out to be sewed. This leaves a lot of scraps. Some long strips, some blocks, some triangles and some a mix. I have asked them to save all those scraps for me, so I bring home at least 12 bags of scraps every time I place an order. Big bags! Huge trash can bags!

Then I sort them by size, shape, color, and offer them for sale to crafters and for free to organizations and groups like schools that will use them to make items for shelters, etc.
Some scraps went to an assisted living in November, and I just heard back from them.
“I just wanted to let you know that we made the scarves at the assisted living home and it was a big success.

“With your donation of the fleece strips and small pieces (and a piece of fleece that I purchased for $1 at the local thrift store) we created 35 scarves. And this week with the donation of some new fleece blankets (from an embroidery store, with corners cut out from their embroidery opps) and your strips we are making 30 hats. The hats and the scarves will be donated to a local food bank called FISH.

“The residents want to do this again.  They enjoyed doing something for others. 
I have contacted other agencies to see what we can do for them and so far the local hospital’s oncology department would like scarves for their patients too. 

“Thank you very much for your donations, it made many residents at the home feel useful and will keep many children warm!  Hopefully we can do more in the future.”

It really feels good to be saving the scraps from the landfill, giving the residents something to do that they enjoy and is fulfilling to them and keeping someone warm at the same time! Yes, it takes a little bit of extra time, but it is worth it! What could you do today that could help someone else?



About Linda

I am a learner. A teacher. A questioner. A lover of nature and of the big picture of life. Why and how and what if are questions that I constantly ask, since I am too lazy to do things the hard way and too out-of-the-box to do them the way they have always been done! I love growing things, building things and helping people define and reach their goals.
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