Stitches of Hope



We are again participating in Tiny Hats for Tiny Babies. We have a quick turnaround time for the hats, November 11. Each year across the world, 1 million preterm babies die within their first 28 days. Unable to regulate their temperatures, these babies are vulnerable to hypothermia and ultimately death. Tiny hats are simple solutions to this problem and have been proven to save babies lives. These hats will be delivered to babies in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa with the highest pre-term mortality rates-Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Patterns are available, but any baby hat with a circumference of 8 ½-11 inches is fine.


Stitches of Hope is our ministry that includes sewing, knitting or crochet projects. We are making pediatric hospital face masks for the West Penn Pediatric Burn Unit. Patterns and some fabric are available.  Any cotton fabric prints are ok to use.  Stitches of Hope is an on-going ministry.  These were made last year and gratefully received.  Additional patterns for other project ideas may be found in the Stitches of Hope Binder at Zion’s.  If you have a suggestion for a project, please let Gwen know.


Additional Stitches of Hope Projects

Baby Quilts/Blankets – These may be crocheted, knitted or sewed. Items to be donated to Women’s Choice Network, a local crisis pregnancy center. Any pattern/design is appreciated.  Knotted Blankets are also made which are provided to refugees arriving in the Pittsburgh area and/or other programs as requested.

Balaclavas (ski masks) – These may be knitted, crocheted or sewed. Balaclavas will be sent to Lutheran Advocacy for Maritime Ministries or Citizen SAM (our military if made with wool yarn).

Baby Diaper Bags – Sew these diaper bags for Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicating to improving health conditions and environmental stewardship in developing countries. These diaper bags are presently being sent to Haiti.

Chemotherapy Hats/Scarves – These hats and scarves may be knitted, crochetted or sewn.  Any pattern/design is appreciated.  Store-purchased scraves are also OK.

Friendship Bracelets – A variety of patterns are available and again if you have a pattern you already use, that is fine.  These bracelets are distributed with some of our in-gatherings as a tangible reminder to let individuals know we are praying and thinking of them.

Leprosy Bandages – These bandages are knitted or crocheted and distributed to refugees within Vietnam through The D.O.V.E. Fund.

“Pillowcase Dresses”/T-Shirt Dresses – These dresses are provided to Little Dresses for Africa and other programs.  Patterns are provided or use a simple sundress pattern.  All children sizes OK.    Also shorts made out of T-shirts or a simple short pattern are distributed to Little Britches for Boys.

Winter accessories – These are provided to a variety of programs within the area and throughout the states.  Any pattern and sizes are OK as they are provided for children through adults.