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Where to donate used patterns?

Teaf5 | Posted in Patterns on

Does anyone have any ideas where I can donate used sewing patterns?  I just sorted out my stash and found a lot of optimistic purchases I never used and never will; I want to get rid of them, but I hate to throw them into the paper recycling bin!  I’ll start by checking the local schools and thrift stores, but wondered if anyone knows of other places that would like to receive them.  Thanks!


  1. user-172042 | | #1

    In our city paper, we have a column called Good Neighbors. We write in and ask if, ex: anyone out there would be interested in free sewing patterns, ex: that they would be willing to pick up. The paper runs the add and then they send in, if they are interested. I'll bet you would get a lot of people wanting them.

    1. Teaf5 | | #2

      Great idea, thank you!  Your suggestion reminded me that our local paper has a Free section of the classifieds in which we can place free ads for giveaway items.  It's always interesting to read what's available, and everyone in town uses it.  I'll try that first!

      1. suesew | | #3

        Do you have any local theatres or university or college costume studios nearby? They might be happy to add to their collections.

        1. Teaf5 | | #4

          We do have theatre groups & a university nearby, but I wasn't sure whether they were interested in non-costume type patterns.  I will check, though, so thank you for the idea.

          1. mainestitcher | | #5

            Our Salvation Army Ladies' Auxilliary has a fabric and craft fair every spring. They sell patterns for ten cents apiece.

          2. Teaf5 | | #6

            Thanks.  I will check out the Salvation Army donation possibility; the other thrift stores in our area won't accept patterns.

  2. Bionerd | | #7

    I don't know where you live, but near my house in PA our local 4H Club has a fabric sale every year and accepts patterns, notions and fabric. I just cleaned out my closet this morning-great patterns but it's not likely I will be wearing an 8 anytime soon! Good luck.

  3. Ckbklady | | #8

    If you can't find a local charity that specifically does good with sewing patterns, you might consider giving them to your local Goodwill or charity shop. Here our Goodwill inspects them to make sure uncut patterns have their instruction sheet and folded pattern tissue, tapes them shut and sells them for 99 cents apiece. They will sometimes sell patterns that have been cut up, but they remind buyers that they risk missing pieces. If the local charity shop near you has a crafts section, they might be able to find good homes for your patterns.

    :) Mary

    1. Teaf5 | | #10

      Thanks for your idea.  It seems a crime to put them into the paper recycling bin!

  4. DONNAKAYE | | #9

    Please, please, please contact some of the online vintage/second-hand pattern distributors so that they are available to the general sewing public!  I can do a search for you if you like.  I have purchased discontinued and older patterns myself and would love to see them available for us!

    1. Teaf5 | | #11

      That would be great; I would love them to go to people who would like to have them.

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