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Fri, Jan 10


My Creative Outlet

Sewing for animals in Australia

Bring your sewing machines, fabric, scissors, thread. If you are good with patterns we need you!

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Sewing for animals in Australia
Sewing for animals in Australia

Time & Location

Jan 10, 2020, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

My Creative Outlet, 21754 Devonshire St, Chatsworth, CA 91311, USA

About The Event

Read this first! FAQs & Answers

Hi there! Thanks so much for joining this group and lending a hand – we rely on the amazing skills of volunteers to produce pouches, wraps and more for orphaned wildlife.

What’s most needed? See the attached image with items rated by our need. Joey pouches of all sizes and styles are MOST needed, koala mittens are NOT needed any more.

Please only follow information shared by admins. This will prevent confusion and misinformation. We work very closely with our carers and know what they do, and do not, need.

Where can I find the patterns? Many patterns are shared below. Other patterns can be found in the Files tab in the group: Animal Rescue Craft Guild

Sewers: Welcome! We desperately need bat wraps, joey pouches of all sizes, and hanging joey pouches. All of these are in need and can be made with a sewing machine. (No hand sewn items.)

Crocheters: Hi! We need your birds nest making skills! Crocheted nests of various sizes are needed for orphaned birds and small rodents. Also blankets.

Knitters: Bonjour! If you can knit you can make some sweet blankets and jumpers that'll keep our fellas warm. We have some great knitting patterns that can be whipped up for our joeys, lambs, penguins, and other animals. Knitted joey pouches are also needed.

Not a crafter but still want to help? Donations are VERY welcome to cover supplies and postage costs. Make a tax deductible donation here:

The Files section has our APPROVED patterns. We recommend you do not vary from these patterns as they have been checked by our wildlife carers and meet their requirements and preferences.

Have a question? Message us!

Joey Pouches FAQs  How many are needed? Carers need a constant supply so as many you can make. They will be needed over the next few months and are distributed to carers all around the country.  What sizes should I make? All sizes are needed from tiny pouches for sugar gliders all the way to large sizes that fit older kangaroo joeys. Whatever you can make is needed. 

Sizes do not need to be exact because joeys also come in all sizes :)

What fabric should I use? That depends on which part you’re making.

Inner pouches: 100% natural fibre only (cotton, bamboo, linen, silk). Flannelette or plain cotton are great, some carers love stretchy t-shirt cotton. Upcycled bed sheets and doona covers are perfect for these. Fabric should be very soft (what you would give to a baby). French seams are a MUST for all joey pouch liners.

Outer pouches: Cotton, flannelette, polar fleece, wool, jersey, sweatshirt material, etc. Poly blends and synthetics are OK. Carers have their own preferences based on their experience and environment. French seams are not needed for outer pouches.

Bag hanging pouch tutorial:

See the Files section in the group for instructions and printables! 

Bat Wraps  See the files section for a great pattern. 100% cotton flannelette is preferred.

Crochet Nests  A variety of sizes are needed. Our recommendation is to use one thread of a cotton 8-10ply and one thread of 8ply acrylic with a 5 to 5.5mm hook. See the files section for our preferred pattern.

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