Charity Sewing at Expo

Volunteers work on a charity project at the 2020 Expo.

Every year, the Sewing & Stitchery Expo supports charitable organizations benefiting from hand-made or home-sewn projects.

Whether it’s making a bear for a foster child or a tote bag stuffed with baby products for an at-risk mom, we know our creative community will step up to any challenge.

Our charity sewing projects have two parts: First, a more complicated project is sent out in advance, so creators can get to work sewing, knitting, or otherwise completing projects at home. Then, we have a dedicated Charity Sewing Area in the Showplex during Expo, fully loaded with machines and helpers, so that anyone can take a break and contribute to a meaningful cause.

Project Linus. Providing Security Through Blankets.

This year, the Sewing & Stitchery Expo is excited to partner with Project Linus to include a fun opportunity to serve our community. Named after the security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip, Project Linus is a non-profit providing blankets to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, and other locations with children in need—providing a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children during some of their most difficult times. There are two ways you can participate:

  • At Home. Bring your new, handmade blanket that is quilted, tied, crocheted or knitted to Expo. There is no pattern requirement, but blankets should be between 36″ × 36″ and 66″  × 90″. Pattern ideas are available at
  • At Expo. Create a handmade blanket at Expo. Throughout the show, visit the Project Linus area to demo a BERNINA serger and create your own one-of-a-kind blanket for children in need.

Stacks of colorful, folded blankets.

Since 1995, Project Linus has grown to more than 300 chapters across the United States and donated more than 9 million blankets. The Pierce County chapter was formed in July 2021 and has delivered more than 3,000 new, handmade blankets—which means 3,000 kids have received a blanket hug when they needed it most. You can help us to continue this effort and provide comfort to children in need.