Quilting Scraps Go Green for SPCA

Ever since Executive Editor June Dudley mentioned Jan Morin in her last edit letter, readers have been asking us for more information. Seems like a perfect topic for a blog post. Jan lives in Pine Grove, California and has found a way to be green with her quilting scraps and contribute to a worthwhile cause at the same time.

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Jan makes pet pillows and donates them to her local SPCA. Here’s how:

Using stash fabric, cut two squares or rectangles of the same size. They can be any size that is roughly appropriate for a pet to lounge on. Place the pieces right sides together and sew around the edges, leaving an opening on one side for turning. Turn the pillow right sides out.

Use your fabric scraps and thread clippings to stuff the pillow.

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Jan says the scraps don’t have to be extremely small, just not extremely large. After stuffing, sew the opening closed.

Jan says the pillows are used for dogs and cats, who love them! The SPCA loves them, too, and even gives them to new pet owners for their newly adopted pets.

To find an animal shelter in your area, visit aspca.org. If you’ve read this far, please leave a comment about something you’ve sewn for a good cause and we’ll have a giveaway! The winner is Prairie Quilter, comment #18 and she has been notified. Congratulations!

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This beautiful bundle holds nine fat quarters of brand new Benartex fabrics in a line called Playful Pups. It’s so new, stores don’t have it yet. We’ll draw for a winner on Friday, Oct. 30 about noon MST.

Another view of the fabrics included:

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How cute are these?! Our thanks to Jan for sharing her good cause with QM readers.

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About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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27 Responses to Quilting Scraps Go Green for SPCA

  1. Deborah says:

    Thank you for all your hard work on this website. Ellie enjoys managing investigations and it’s really obvious why. Many of us learn all of the lively ways you offer good techniques by means of your web site and as well increase response from the others on the concern so our favorite daughter has always been being taught a great deal. Have fun with the rest of the year. You are always carrying out a useful job.

  2. Camille Johnson says:

    I have been making pet pads for 2 animal shelters for years.
    I use leftover polar fleece, sweatshirt fleece, or decorator fabric for the covers. If they need a filler I will use leftover batting sewn to inexpensive cotton fabric or old mattress pads that people give me for that purpose. Sometimes I will get donations of unsellable fabric from a discount fabric store and use that in any way I can. Also, our quilt guild has a spinoff group that makes quilts for a womens shelter with cotton fabric pieces or scraps that are donated to us. We make string quilts using fabric strips sewn to a muslin foundation. Usually they are warm enough with just a flannel backing and no batting. The quilt guild supports our efforts by providing funds for batting and backing. All of these projects are greatly appreciated by the recipients. Any pieces of fabric that are too small to use for a project are donated to a mission that sells them by the pound and ships them over seas. I’ve heard that there are places that have huge machines that grind up fabric and use it to make other things, like coat linings, etc.

  3. Patty says:

    I’ve been making children pillow cases for a homeless shelter. They then have something to keep for themselves.

  4. Keilann says:

    Just recently learned how to sew and am working on my first dog bed for one of our local animal shelters.

  5. SewcalGal says:

    My primary focus is sewing/quilting for various charities. SPCA is just one of them. But I want to share about a great sewing project to help animals living in shelters. I think this project could easily be replicated in every city/community and make a difference. The creator isn’t even a sewing enthusiast, she just had this vision that pets living in shelters would have a better chance getting adopted if they had a good night sleep on a comfy bed. So, she is doing her best to recruit volunteers and donations and making thousands of comfy pet beds.


    And yes, I have volunteered to help make pet beds thru the Kennel Comforters’ Project. I also help make quilts for various charity fundraisers, CR4TS/Camp Reach For The Sky (kids with cancer), Project Linus, and children living in shelters & foster care, plus quilts to raise money for Susan G. Komen For The Cure.


  6. Betty says:

    I lost my dear scottie a year and a half ago. Depression set in and thanks to Jim, the wonderful director of Scottie Kingdom, I have since rescued two very loving scotties. I made a quilt in Nike’s memory and donated it to Scottie Kingdom for a fund raiser and have another in the works. After reading about Jan’s endeavors, I couldn’t resist making some pillows for the rescue. I asked for help from my quilt guild, and have acquired many scraps. I think all animals need a soft and warm pillow to sleep on, but especially rescue dogs which usually come from bad and dirty places to begin with. Thanks Jan for a great idea!

  7. Cory says:

    I make lap quilts for kids for my church’s Hugs Ministry. We pair the quilts with a stuffie and give them to the local fire department. They give them to kids in crisis situations. Thank you for offering this wonderful give-away. Take care and God bless, Cory

  8. Gale says:

    I was approached by a beautiful lady in our town to make a graduation quilt for her granddaughter. This lady was diagnosed with cancer two years ago and lost her dear husband to cancer only shortly after her sad news. She wanted to have family memory photos on the quilt. With a lot of imput from her I made a quilt called Forget Me Nots by Mimi Detrich from her book because of Breast Cancer. I will never forget the joy in her eyes when she saw the final pieced quilt. I asked her to write the label for the quilt and she wanted it to say You will always be in my Heart, so my label was made in the shape of a heart. I have made many quilts, but have never felt so much gratitude for my work until this one from both the grandmother and granddaughter.

  9. Elaine says:

    I didn’t know you could give pillows to the shelters, I will certainly start using some of my stash for this cause. I think it is awonderful idea.

  10. Prairie Quilter says:

    We use our old T-Shirts, We sew the neck shut and the arms and when at a retreat we all dump scraps into it when it is full, we sew shut the bottom and tada instant pet bed for the shelters. Girls recycle those old t-shirts!

  11. Randi says:

    What a fabulous idea! Stuffies for pets!
    My daughter’s girl scout troop has been sewing hats for kids with cancer. We’ve enjoyed making some polar fleece love!

  12. Lori says:

    What a great scrappy idea! I’m sure the dogs love it!!
    I’ve been making quilts for Alzheimer’s Art Iniative. Ami Simms started an amazing project and they have raised so much money for Alzheimer’s reasearch! There are so many good causes but this is one that has hit close to home lately.

  13. wendy says:

    Both of our beautiful dogs were adopted, we love them!

    I’ve donated blankets to Project Linus. My kids already have so many things that I have made.

  14. Karen says:

    What fun fabric! I have made quilts for a battered women’s shelter in my area, as well as a quilts for homeless people. I have also crocheted leprosy bandages for a huminatarian project with my church.

  15. I made a rag quilt last Spring to donate with my guild for our local children’s hospital. Quilting is so much about giving joy to others.

  16. Ruthie says:

    One of my guilds has been making pet pillows for several years now. The other one is in the middle of a stockings for soldiers project…..over 100 stocking so far.

  17. Jean says:

    I have made St Jude quilts several times…it is so fun to try and make a quilt that goes with a child’s dream.

  18. Terry says:

    Love that fabric! And what a great way to use your scraps! I’ve made and donated quilts to Project Linus. Thanks for the giveaway! :0)

  19. Angie Hodapp says:

    Hi, Jane! So sorry to tell you that Quilt It for Christmas was not published this year, but thanks so much for asking about it. We at Quilters Newsletter have had an overwhelming response to its absence, so please watch for its return (or the introduction of something like it) in the coming years. All the best! -Angie

  20. Stacey says:

    i have not quilted for a cause, but a couple years ago i taught my daughter’s then 3rd grade class how to knit hats for a fellow classmate whom had cancer, so they worked all year making hats, and donated them to the center where their classmate went. she has since passed on, at the age of 10 from cancer, but the kids really enjoyed themselves, boys and girls.

  21. I try to regularly make donation quilts for the local neo-natal unit, as well as lap quilts for local carehomes. I had heard about this idea of using scraps for pet pillows, and will be giving it a whirl as well!

  22. Karen says:

    The quilt group I belong to makes quilts for anyone that needs a hug from God-whether it is due to illness, flooding, chronic disease, loss of a home due to fire, cancer, new baby, or we just feel that someone needs a quilt. I made one for a lady dealing with arthritis in her back and hips making it difficult to work in her flower beds. It was all flowers-she loves it! We have just started saving our scraps to put into beds for the local animal shelter! So this is perfect! Would love to win the fabric to make a bed for a pet waiting for a home!

  23. arlette says:

    I made four things, three stuffed DOGGIES toys for three sick children (in that time), and a brown and cream aplique lap quilt for their mom, we had an earthquake in january and we (my family and I) know the family, geez!, I love the fabric, I like to help animals, I’m sure they’re our earth angels!

  24. Lisa N says:

    What a great idea! Helping animals is something very close to my heart. My dogs have all been from the pound and I am always looking for ways to help out animals. After all, we are their voice!
    I just finished up 2 quilts for children in Michagan who are homeless during the Christmas season. Margaret’s Hope Chest is hoping to collect 400 quilts for children in need by Nov 15.

  25. rafael's mum says:

    Love the doggie fabric! The quilt that I recently featured on Park City Girls Online Quilt Festival was made for the Bushfire victims in Australia. I also made toys for the Babies in Prisons charity and our Guild regularly asks for blocks for quilts either given away or raffled for charity.

  26. Jane says:

    I have made quilts for folks who are going to have surgery or for prolonged treatments.
    I have also made a few floor pillows for the vet to use, great way of getting the scraps out of the way and put to a good use.

    I have a question was there a Quilt It for Christmas printed this year? I have been looking for it and can’t find a copy anywhere.

  27. Suzanne Green says:

    My greatest gift for a “good cause” was a quilt for a friend’s nephew that had a brain tumor. I would have never imagined how much he cherished it, and now how much his mom does to remind herself of him.

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