Phew! What a month April was! Now the Tour de Yorkshire is all over and the decorations are collected in and we’ve has a bit of a rest, we can start to make plans for the next projects.


Tour de Yorkshire

A HUGE “thank you” to everyone who contributed in whatever way to the decorations and stall at the TdY, we really have a fantastic team.  I am especially extremely grateful for the people who turned out at short notice in the cold weather to add the finishing touches. (It was great fun wasn’t it?) Here are a few pictures to sum up the final couple of days.


And a final “thank you” to everyone who supported us financially including

Selby District Council Community Engagement Forum for helping us to:

  • decorate businesses, street furniture, homes and the bus station in over a mile of little bunting made mainly from recycled sheets and duvet covers
  • engage various schools and community groups in decorating big bunting flags
  • paint lots of old bikes
  • buy enough bunting to go all the way across the main streets
  • make a banner for the church
  • make giant bunting for the viaduct
  • help us to make about 2 miles of bunting in total!

and Without Walls and Welcome to Yorkshire for helping us to:

  • hold workshops to decorate bikes for the parade on the 29th
  • paint the riverbank with about twelve 5 metre high cyclists!

We are still planning on reusing as much of the bunting as possible after the big event.  Some fabric will be ideal for the Days for Girls project, we’ve had a request for lots of sewn bunting (already made mainly from recycled sheets) to go to decorate 16 schools in India, and the knitted bunting will be made into twiddlemuffs which York Hospital are looking forward to receiving.  If you have any of the knitted bunting that has still not been collected in please let me know and I’ll collect it.


Days for Girls Hygiene kits

We have lots of fabric ready to be made in to kits (and so that we can make some space in the cupboard!).  We will be working our way through some of this over the next few sessions. There are plenty of tasks for people who can or cannot sew. The York branch of Days for Girls also run sessions. These are usually on Saturday mornings 9.30am-12pm. To confirm details contact the organiser, Issy Sanderson  More information about the work of the international Days for Girls organisation is available from



When we have made some twiddlemuffs form the reclaimed knitted bunting we will be sending them off to York Hospital to help with the launch of their dementia campaign. We will be also be sending others that people have knitted too.


Smalls For All

This last month we have collected another 63 “gently worn” bras making a total of 709 bras and 133 pairs of (new) pants now collected in total.  The wearing of underwear is a status symbol for women in many countries, which means that your unwanted underwear can make women less prone to be taken advantage of. For more information visit




Our tombola stalls remain very popular.  We sold out once again at the TDY.  Thank you especially to everyone that contributed little crafty items. The little jumpers from the bunting proved to be very popular so we have got some more to put on our next stall in Stutton on 24th June. Cuddly toys also seem to go down very well.  If you have any suitable items to donate we would be very grateful.  We have invested in a (waterproof!) pop-up gazebo with three sides so stock and volunteers on the stall should be a little more protected from the elements.


Next Projects:

We’re going to be sewing personal effect bags from the thicker fabric in our store cupboard.  These will be going to St. Leonard’s Hospice.

We’re also investigating knitted knockers to give to the St James’ Hospital, Leeds. If anyone would like to trial some patterns to work out which is best please have a go and feed back to the group. Look at information and patterns on

Wish list and current projects

Here is a list of current projects and where to get more information about them/ patterns. Not everyone is able to make the drop-in sessions, so if you would like to join in by making at home or with your friends/club that’s absolutely fine.   A full list of items we would like donated can be found on the “Join In” page.





  • Days for Girls You will need to attend a session to be given materials and templates etc but you can work at home afterwards to support
  • Hand sewing twiddlemuffs from the little jumpers from the knitted bunting


  • Cutting out and non-sewing tasks (instructions at the drop-in sessions)
  • Donate crafty items for tombola stalls and other fundraising
  • Collect/donate knitting needles (especially 4mm)
  • Learn to sew/ knit
  • Collect items for donation including bras for
  • Encourage people to join in, especially people who might like to learn new skills or just want to socialise.

If you would like to be put on the mailing list or would like to join in the Tadcrafters activities (wherever you live) please contact  or you can join the Tadcrafters facebook page and chat on the facebook group or follow us on Twitter for more information.

Hope to see you soon-



Date Event Time Location
Saturday 20th May Days for Girls# 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tuesday 13th June Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Saturday 24th June Stall TBC Wheedling Gate, Stutton
Saturday 24th June Days for Girls# 10am-12pm The Quaker Meeting House, New Earswick
Tuesday 11th July Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Saturday 15th July Days for Girls# 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tuesday 8th August Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Tuesday 12th September Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Saturday 16th September Days for Girls# 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tuesday 10th October Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Wednesday 11th October Supporting Days For Girls Event# TBC York Minster
Saturday 11th November Days for Girls# 9.30am-12pm All Saints Hall, Upper Poppleton
Tuesday 14thNovember Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club
Thursday 22nd Nov Stall 6pm St. James’ Hospital, Leeds
Tuesday 12th December Drop-in session 10am- 8pm* Social Club


*Evening sessions are sometimes quiet but we are keen to make Tadcrafters accessible to people who are busy during the day. If you would like to join a drop-in session after 5pm please contact the day before so that we know to expect you.

# Please contact Issy Sanderson if you wish to attend DfG sessions on