VA Crochet & Craft Team
The VA Crochet & Craft Team makes and sends lapghans (blankets), hats, scarves, trach/stoma bibs, catheter bag covers, ditty bags, wheelchair/walker totes and slipper socks to VA medical facilities around the country. Members use their sewing, knitting, crocheting and other crafting skills to help provide comfort and dignity to hospitalized veterans while showing them that they are loved and remembered.
How to Help
Please join the Sewing Team. Click here to get started! After you become an Angel, log in to ApprovedAngels.com to join the team. Then, just pick what kinds of things you'd like to make for our veterans...
A list of suggested patterns for items can be found below. Other patterns are acceptable, but please check with us first so that we can be sure your creation can be used by the veterans. Please email us when your donation is finished so that we can give you the address of a hospital that needs it.
Thank you so much for helping us make sure "No Veteran Goes Unloved!"
Below are links to patterns for a variety of items the VA Crochet and Craft Team creates for our veterans. If you would like to make something not on the list, or with a pattern significantly different than those below, please contact us first. Don't forget to email to receive a shipping address for your creation.
Crochet/knit Hats and Slippers
Wheel Chair Bags/Totes
- Ditty Bag
- Patriotic Walker/Wheelchair Tote Bag
- Small Wheelchair Tote
- Wheelchair/Bedside/Walker Tote
Most any style of lapghan/blanket is acceptable, but please keep the following in mind:
- Size: 36” x 48” is most common, though some hospitals have requested larger blankets
- Style: knit/crochet is our specialty, but we also accept quilts and fleece blankets
- Patterns: there is no set pattern, so use your favorite
- Yarn: washable/dryable--bright and upbeat colors are always appreciated
The staff and patients of the Stratton VA Medical Center wish to express their sincere appreciation...for donating afghans, hats and scarves for our hospitalized veterans...Providing these items to our veterans is an example of your dedication to the welfare of veterans. - Karen Covey, Stratton VA Center, Albany
I am sitting here all toasty and warm because someone cared enough to make these booties. I love the lap blanket and booties I was given in the VA hospital. The idea that someone sat and made those items means the world to me. Thank you so very much. - Charlotte
I received one of your beautiful red crochet blankets while I was in the VA hospital. I'm a Knitter; could you send me a knitting pattern for a blanket? The blanket was such a comfort to me while I recovered from surgery. The lady who knitted it was named Marie. Thank her for me. - Chris
Please accept my heartfelt thanks for the beautiful lap robes your members have sent to Virginia Veterans Care Center!...Just wanted you to know how much we appreciate your gifts and how happy it made our guys!!! Thanks again and God bless! - Patti
On behalf of the hospitalized veterans and medical staff of the John D. Dingell V A Medical Center, I would like to extend our warmest thanks to you for your devoted support of hospitalized veterans.