Ukraine Response - Introducing Stitched With Love

Introducing Stitched With Love by Scottish Women’s Institutes

 The images of refugees fleeing from Ukraine are heart-breaking, so we invite members – and non-members – across Scotland to create a range of items for the displaced women and children. 

We are in talks with the Scottish Refugee Council to provide items which will be distributed as welcome gifts for those coming to Scotland, and we would love it if you used your skills to contribute hand-crafted items, all stitched with love.

 What can I make?

 How do I make them?

Members from Orkney to Wigtownshire and Aberdeenshire to Perthshire have made these simple patterns so that people of all abilities will be able to contribute items. If you prefer to use your own pattern for any of these items, that's fine too – all are welcome! 

Crotchet Granny Stripes Pattern

Granny Square Crotchet Blanket

Knitted Blanket - Option 1

Knitted Blanket - Option 2

Rag Doll

Trauma Teddies

Online Craftalong Sessions

Join us for this free and friendly drop-in session at 7pm on the following dates:

Registration and further information can be found here 

 What good will it do?

Moving to a new country with very few possessions is hugely daunting, as is the thought of what reception awaits you. The Scottish Refugee Council offers signposting and support, which is fabulous. However, as women, members of Scottish Women’s Institutes know the added value having something handmade with love can offer. By creating a teddy, doll, or blanket, you will be extending a warm welcome to the women and children as they begin their new life far from home.

 Where can I send my makes?

Please post items to Stitched With Love by Scottish Women's Institutes at Scottish Women’s Institutes, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh EH3 6ES by May 15. Items can also be hand delivered (by appointment only). Please email with 'Stitched With Love' in the subject line a few days in advance to arrange a time.

 Other donations

We know many of you are contributing to local appeals across Scotland or donating money to the DEC appeal and we ask you to continue doing that if you wish.