Crafting for Charity

Community Connections for Hand Crafters

Giving back to our community is a cornerstone of how we do business at Ben Franklin Crafts. Connecting hand-crafters in our community with opportunities to create for charity helps us all!

Do you coordinate or know of additional opportunities for serving our community through hand crafts? Please share your information with us through our Contact Us form. Thank you!

Charity Quilting

Click for Babies
  • WHAT: Each year Ben Franklin Crafts celebrates National Quilting Day by bringing community volunteers together to assemble quilts for donation in our annual Quilt-A-Thon.
  • WHEN: This event occurs in mid-March to coincide with National Quilting Day.
  • WHERE: Ben Franklin Crafts classroom and aisles.
  • MORE INFO: Contact Terrie Seifert at 262.567.0271 regarding volunteering your time and/or donating fabrics.

Click for Babies

Click for Babies

Knitted Knockers

Knitted Knockers
  • WHAT: Comfortable, lightweight and handcrafted prosthesis in all sizes for women experiencing breast cancer
  • WHEN: Ongoing, donate knitted or crocheted knockers at any time
  • WHERE: Bring donations to the Customer Service Desk at Ben Franklin Crafts
  • MORE INFOPatterns,  Read more

Little Hats, Big Hearts

Little Hats Big Hearts

Mittens & More

Mittens and More
  • WHAT: New, handmade (or purchased) mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for all ages. Organized by Milwaukee PBS
  • WHEN: early October through early November
  • WHERE: Drop off box located in Ben Franklin Crafts entry during designated collection period.
  • MORE INFO: Read More

Project Linus

Project Linus
  • WHAT: Provide comfort to children in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans; distributed within Waukesha, Jefferson, Dodge and Walworth counties
  • WHEN: Ongoing, donate knitted, crocheted or sewn blankets at any time
  • WHERE: Bring donations to the Customer Service Desk at Ben Franklin Crafts
  • MORE INFOSuggested Patterns, Read More

Twiddle Muffs

Twiddle Muffs
  • WHAT: Knit, crochet or fabric tubes with embellishments to “twiddle,” helping to ease experienced by individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementia
  • WHEN: Ongoing, donate knitted, crocheted or sewn twiddle muffs at any time
  • WHERE: Bring donations to the Customer Service Desk at Ben Franklin Crafts
  • MORE INFOSuggested Patterns, Read More

Yarn Gala

Yarn Gala
  • WHAT: Knit or 48″ x 16″ crochet panels and other festive embellishments to “Color Oconomowoc” with yarn during August. Sponsorship of pieces benefits Lake Area Free Clinic.
  • WHEN: Finished pieces must be returned by August 1st to allow time for installation.
  • WHERE: Bring completed pieces to the Customer Service Desk at Ben Franklin Crafts. Include six 4-foot pieces of extra yarn to secure it.
  • MORE INFO: Direction questions to Liz or Julie at yarngala@gmail.com; Our Ravelry Pattern Bundle, Read More