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Knit or crochet a pouch, nest, hanging bed, and more to keep a distressed animal cozy and warm. As Australia burns, an estimated 800 million animals are being affected by the fires ravaging their home. ARCCG (Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild) has provided free, carer-approved patterns for Joey pouches, animal sweaters, bat wraps, nests and more on their Facebook page. (Link and information below)
What kind of stitches and material should you use? Crochet and Knit nests and animal jumpers have been requested, as well as blankets and bat wraps. All knit and crochet items needs to be done in tight, close stitches on small needles/ hooks so claws cannot slip through the stitches. Please adhere to fabric specifications in the patterns and on the ARCCG's Facebook page. Many carers prefer 100% Natural Fibers due to their breathability; however, Acrylic can be used as long as it is durable and non-fuzzy, since Joeys and other baby animals like to chew on knobbly bits and fuzz, and you should try your utmost to keep your household fur babies away from these projects. It is recommended to sew in a cotton liner for the joey pouches to finish them, instructions included, or you can send the pouches to us without liners if you are unable to.
Joeys and other baby animals like to chew on knobbly bits and fuzz, and you should try your utmost to keep your household fur babies away from these projects. Sugar Glider nests should not be made with cotton or non-pillable fibers. It is recommended to sew in a cotton liner for the joey pouches to finish them, instructions included.
CHECK OUT our Snuggles Project Pattern Collection HERE to donate security blankets to one of our local shelters.
***PLEASE NOTE: There has been a temporary HALT on the acceptance of crafted donations for Australian Wildlife. The ARCCG is constantly taking stock of the amazing donations they have received and coordinating with their carers to see what they are still in need of.
WE are still accepting your knitted and crocheted donations. We are in contact with hubs and Guild administrators in Australia to orchestrate shipping our donations. Once we have taken stock of everything we have received we will then delegate which hubs and organizations they will go to with the administrators who know what their local hubs need.
To be involved in the drawing you needed to have post-marked your package by 02/22 (or by a date that ensured it reaches us by 02/29 for the drawing on 03/02). We will be setting up our shipment throughout the month of March and you can look for photos on our instagram page.
Please consider using your yarn to knit another garment or nest listed on ARCCG's Facebook page. (link below) The pattern files will be updated with additional patterns for you to choose from over the next few days. Thank you for participating in this cause!
These patterns have been approved by the ARCCG. These are instantly downloadable patterns; you will receive a link to download and print the PDF files for the FREE Knit, Crochet, and Sewing Wildlife Patterns and reference sheets.
We have provided kits HERE in snuggly 100% Merino Wool or Cotton with downloadable patterns.
Want to donate directly to the Animal Rescue Collective’s cause?
Australian hubs are in dire need of financial aid for the tons of food and medical costs required to rejuvenate the many distressed, injured, and starving animals. Teams are dropping tons of food daily, bandaging burn wounds, and reviving and nourishing countless animals. All of this requires time and money, which you can help with!
Follow this link to make a donation directly to the ARC:
Give a Little, Get a Little:
To express our appreciation for your time and effort, we will be holding a drawing after March 2 for a Mystery Yarn or Fiber Basket and a $100 Paradise Fibers Gift Card. Winners will be posted on our Instagram page. Please make sure to postmark your finished pouches by FEBRUARY 22 (arrival at Paradise Fibers by 02/29/20202) to ensure inclusion in the drawing and to make sure your donations make it into our shipment to Australia.
What do you need to do?
- Download the patterns and choose yarn from your stash or our site. Please adher to fabric and material requirements on the patterns and the ARCCG page. (some bird nests use Acrylic rather than natural fibers)
- Knit or crochet as many Joey Pouches, nests, bat wraps, bird sweaters, etc as you wish.
- Label your finished Wildlife donations with what they are and the material used. Use either masking tape or plastic bags with the label written on the outside.
- Pack and mail your finished Wildlife donations by FEB 22 to Paradise Fibers, 225 W Indiana Ave. Spokane, WA 99205 to be included in our shipment to Australia. (bag NOT included)
- Rest a bit easier knowing your knit or crochet project will be loved and used by an animal in need
Joey Pouch details:
Small: 24cm square Medium: 30cm square
(see reference sheet below to find pouch sizes for various animals)
Liner: 100% cotton or flannelette. (Instructions included for liner)
Material: any Ply 100% Wool or other natural fibers
Hook (approx): 4.00mm
Needles (approx): Size 8/4mm
Additional links and information about Australian Wildlife Rescue:
-Reference Sheet for making Joey Pouches on Wildcare Australia Inc. www.wildcare.org.au You can also find an address here to send your finished pouches to if you wish to make your own donation.
-Check out the Animal Rescue Craft Guild's Facebook page for more information and PDF files for additional designs needed for Wildlife in need.