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.
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!
“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.”