This sunflower painting digitial download is available from Ukrainian seller
It’s hard to not feel powerless in the face of the escalating war in Ukraine, but there are small but impactful ways to support the aid effort through craft. While there are new initiatives coming every day, here is our list of 10 kits, patterns and ways to buy art to get you started. Support the effort through monetary donation, by bringing attention to the cause or by starting your own fundraiser.
1. Flying Fox Shawl pattern
Until April 8th 2022, all of the proceeds from the sale of the Flying Fox Shawl pattern along with a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of yarn purchased to make the Flying Fox Shawl pattern on LionBrand.com will go to Nova Ukraine, a 501(c)3 registered nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
2. Sunflower digital patterns
Sunflowers are the national flower for Ukraine. Rowan is offering free digital patterns for knitted or crocheted Sunflower Brooches, Sunflower Hoop and blue and yellow Suki sweater. Donate the proceeds from your pattern download directly to the Red Cross Appeal from their site.
3. Ukrainian flag quilt block
Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky designed this little quilt block to share in the hopes that quilters might make something beautiful with it and flood the internet with pictures of their support. It is a simple message: “мир” means “PEACE” in Ukrainian, and the word is imposed on the Ukrainian flag.
This image example is from @saltblomma
4. Buy from Ukrainian Etsy Sellers
Etsy has waived fees for Ukrainian sellers, so you can order digital downloads and patterns from these sellers to support them directly. Use these links to filter by products sold in the Ukraine:
This image example is “I Stand With Ukraine” digital download from
5. Ukraine Solidarity Stitch-A-Long
Join creative forces with At The Point Studio’s Ukraine Solidarity Stitch-A-Long. Anthony’s wish is that each person who creates their own version of his pattern “offer a prayer of strength and support, while reflecting on the challenges facing the Ukrainian people.”
6. Ralvary Patterns
A quick search on Ravelry yields many free pattern downloads in support of Ukraine. This Stand with Ukraine Hat from Mary Walker and Kathleen Coventry is available as a free download, with the suggestion to “make a statement, or raffle off a hat to raise relief money. Just use it to help the Ukrainian people in some way.”
7. Pysanky Kits
Create Pysanky, a Ukrainian wax-resist method that renders beautiful Easter eggs, while supporting the Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund. $15 from each kit from Ukrainian Eggcessories will go directly to the organization. The kit includes everything you need to make beautiful Pysanky with the colors of Ukraine, including instructions, a wax stylus, dyes and beeswax sheets.
8. Choose Love Pattern Collection
Many of the Love Crafts independent designers have donated their patterns to help raise money for Ukraine. Sales from this pattern collection will go directly to Choose Love, helping to provide vital aid and services to those still in and fleeing the country. This includes emergency medical care, food, shelter, clothes, legal support, support for the LGBTQIA+ community, and mental health support.
This example image is the Fido and Fifi Knitting Pattern from the Choose Love collection.
9. Art for Freedom Sessions
Creative U is offering a special deal of sessions from Creatives who are wanting to help Ukraine in its fight for freedom. Donations to this program will be given to the Canadian Red Cross and earmarked for Ukraine Humanitarian Work. In return, you will receive sessions from contributing creatives.
10. Sunflower Needle Felting Craft Kit
The British Craft House is donating 50% of the profits from each one of these felting sunflower kits to The Red Cross Appeal for Ukraine. Create a vibrant yellow sunflower with provided felting supplies. Your finished picture will be a 6″ square that is ready to frame and hang.
Do you have any more resources for supporting Ukraine through craft? Add them in the comments so we can check them out!