Malian Girls Open Fabric Kits

Fabric Kits

Why Fabric Kits?

man sitting at sewing machine Teach a person to sew and you’ve given them tools they can use to earn an income, support their family, and break out of poverty. Many of the thousands of Fabric Kits Lutheran World Relief distributes are used in vocational training programs to teach young men and women useful and marketable sewing skills.

Your group can also help LWR get Fabric Kits to the people who need them by sponsoring a brick on the Good Samaritan Quilt Plaza or by making a contribution to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund.

Where do Fabric Kits Go?

Quilt Map

View our interactive map, or download the latest Quilt & Kit Shipping Report (.pdf).

Questions? Read more in Questions & Answers related to the Quilt & Kit Ministry.

Help Ship Fabric Kits


Delivering Fabric Kits to the people who need them most costs LWR about $1.00 per Kit. If you are not able to assemble Kits, you can give to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund instead.

Your donation will help ensure that we are able to distribute all of the Kits we receive. Thank you!

How to Assemble Fabric Kits


[Why do we include these guidelines?]
  • Please give new items only, except where otherwise noted
  • Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages or your congregation’s name.
  • Please do not donate any items decorated with a U.S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.

What to Include

Fabric should have no stains or holes. Pieces do not need to match in size or color/pattern. Fold thread and one piece of fabric inside second fabric piece and tie with yarn, sturdy string, ribbon or a strip of fabric. Do not enclose the Fabric Kit or any of its contents in a plastic bag.

Include the following items in each Fabric Kit:

  • Two pieces of cotton or cotton-blend fabric (no knits or 100% polyester). Each piece should match one of the sizes below: 
2.25 yards of 60 inch fabric


3 yards of 44 inch fabric


4 yards of 36 inch fabric



Two spools of neutral-colored, general purpose thread, 250-300 yards each

Packing & Sending Fabric Kits

How to Pack & Send Quilts & Kits

man and boy scout loading boxes of Quilts and Kits

Packing your Quilts and Kits

  • Pack completed Quilts and Kits, like items together, in boxes. Label contents in LARGE, BLOCK LETTERS on the outside of the boxes.
  • Use strong cartons secured with packing tape, not to exceed 40 pounds.
  • Do not use plastic or paper bags to pack donations.

Donate to the Quilt & Kit Shipping Fund»

Join an Ingathering

Quilt MapEach year, dedicated volunteers coordinate LWR Ingatherings — local collections for LWR Quilts & Kits. Groups and congregations pool their donations and share the costs of getting the Quilts & Kits to LWR.

Find Ingatherings planned for your area »

If you know of an Ingathering in your area but do not see it listed, please let us know.

Shipping or Delivering your Quilts and Kits

Include the name and address of your congregation on each box, label contents and send prepaid to or drop off at the LWR warehouse closest to you:

Lutheran World Relief
398 East Richmond Street
South St. Paul, MN 55075

Lutheran World Relief
601 Main Street
PO Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776

The warehouses accept items year-round. Call ahead for driving directions and hours of operation if you are personally delivering your donations.

No Ingathering near you? New volunteers to help organize Ingatherings are always welcome! Contact us to learn about starting an Ingathering in your area.

Quilt & Kit Tracker

Quilt & Kit TrackerYou can now log on to our Quilt & Kit Tracker and print out a special barcode to put on your shipment of Quilts & Kits. That way, you and your congregation can track your gifts as they reach those in need all around the world.