Craftivism – Hearts & Hands for True North Aid – Making for Babies

Love in every stitch!

Your donation will be a gift of welcoming and congratulations. The effort, care and thought your pour into your crafting carries with it your intent, energy and love. Donation guidelines were developed in concert with True North Aid and Sioux Lookout. These are “minimal” guidelines, you are encouraged to get creative and have fun with it!

Our target goal is 50 donated hand made gifts and $5,000 raised, but to get there we need your help! Won’t you join your heart and your hands to the cause?

Are you a slow knitter? Short on funds? Happy to make a sweater but overwhelmed at the thought of making a whole set of baby things? Good news! Our donations will be distributed by pre and post natal care nurses at Sioux Lookout. They will help mum select the perfect thing for baby. All items listed in any quantity are welcome. You can contribute as many or as few things as you are able to make. This is an inclusive and accessible project that welcomes any donation made with loving kindness. You can leverage the power of community, work with knitting friends, family members, guild members, fibre arts group friends or your friends at your local yarn store to collaborate and work together! This is an amazing opportunity to create community and make a tangible difference coming together and doing what we love.

Donation Requirements

Quality hand knit, crochet or machine sewn (hand made) baby garments or accessories. Suggested donations include:

Baby Booties (preemie size, newborn size, larger sizes such as 3-6m for bigger babies)
Baby Hats (preemie size, newborn size, larger sizes (3-6m) for big babies)
Baby Sweaters (preemie size, newborn size, larger sizes (3-6m) for big babies)
Baby Blankets
Washcloths suitable for baby
Burp cloths or receiving blankets

Please include in your donation:
Note detailing washing instructions and fibre content of handmade items in the layette set
Card or note of congratulations (hand made or store bought, do not seal envelope, messages will be read to ensure appropriateness)

Guidelines for Handknits and Sewn Garments


  • Quality yarn or fabric suitable for next to skin, baby wear (wool, cotton, quality acrylic, try to avoid easy to felt yarns).
  • Quality is to be stressed, this is not an opportunity to get rid of old scratchy yarn you don’t like, this is a loving gift being given with respect and care for the recipient.
  • Ease of washing should be considered.
  • Be sure to include with all hand-knits and sewn items, a note with fibre content (in case of known allergies) and washing instructions.
  • Avoid potential choking hazards. Secure buttons and snaps carefully or avoid snaps/buttons altogether by selecting pull-over and similar patterns.
  • Items should be made suitable for smaller new born babies though grow with me options suitable for infants are certainly welcome. Newborns will range in size from small to larger sizes suitable for 3-6 months. If you are making multiple donations, please consider creating a range of sizes. A nurse will assist mum in selecting the perfect gift for baby.
  • Select colours with sensitivity to potential gender concerns and the new mother receiving your donation in mind. A nurse will assist mum in selecting the perfect gift for baby, so you may use any colour you like. If you prefer you can also select from a variety of colours that do not normally imply any gender (grey, navy blue, gold, red, brown, orange, yellow, green).

Donation Collection

A number of Local Yarn Stores have been asked to join the Hearts & Hands for True North Aid effort as drop off locations for donations. These drop off locations will accept donated baby goods and send gathered donations to our point of contact in Sioux Lookout that will coordinate distribution through the pre and post natal care nurses. Collection will be an ongoing process in perpetuity, with many updates on our progress as things progress. We are working to build lasting and meaningful connections with Sioux Lookout in order to maintain the momentum our amazing community has generated.

SUBCULTURE Yarn is now collecting donations too!

Don’t see any collection sites for your area but you would like to? Why not mobilize the forces? Contact your local yarn store and let them know about this project, see if they would be interested in getting involved or if they have a charity knitting group that might be interested in starting a campaign. Many people care about the issues being faced by indigenous people in remote northern communities and will be excited to join you in your efforts! Any shop, any dyer, any knitter, any person can have their own Hearts & Hands campaign any time they wish!

So far these partners include:

Bring Your Friends!

How can you get involved and help make an even bigger difference you ask? Follow SUBCULTURE Yarn on social media (Instragram and/or Facebook) to stay on top of news and updates in our craftivism project with True North Aid! We will be posting updates on our progress and sharing event information as we go! Share this page, let your local yarn store know about it, repost and share our social media posts, invite your friends, knitting and crochet group members and anyone who might be interested in contributed their fibre arts energy to this exciting project!

On social media, please make sure you tag your related posts with @subcultureyarn and #subcultureyarncraftivism so we can share in celebrating your energy and contribution to this project!