The d+k team wanted to take action in any way they could to assist with our native wildlife and are excited to lend their skill to manufacturing wildlife rescue resources from our natural fabrics. The team will be ceasing production of garments and instead working on much-needed pouches, wraps and more. We’ve included all of the information below if you would like to get on board and assist.
WHAT IS MOST NEEDED:
See the attached traffic light image, it is updated every few weeks.
WHO IS BEHIND THIS
The Rescue Collective, Animal Rescue Collective (ARC) and Animal Rescue Craft Guild are all one team, alongside many rescue groups helping the firezones across five states, backed by a registered charity (MKC). 100% volunteer run. This group coordinates the making and supply of craft items that can be used by animal rescues.
WHAT CAN I MAKE
Sewers: Joey pouches, hanging joey pouches, bat wraps, quilts and blankets. No hand sewn items.
Crocheters: Birds nests, blankets, joey pouch outers, animal jumpers.
Knitters: Blankets, joey pouch outers, animal jumpers.
WHERE TO SEND ITEMS TO:
HOW CAN I DONATE:
Donations are VERY welcome to cover supplies and postage costs.
Make a tax deductible donation here.
Every outer pouch needs 2-3 liners.
All sizes are needed from tiny pouches for sugar gliders all the way to large sizes that fit older kangaroo joeys.
Inner pouches: 100% natural fibre only (cotton, bamboo, linen, silk). Flannelette or plain cotton are great, some carers love stretchy t-shirt cotton. Upcycled bed sheets and doona covers are perfect for these. Fabric should be very soft (what you would give to a baby). French seams are a MUST for all joey pouch liners.
Outer pouches: Cotton, flannelette, polar fleece, wool, jersey, sweatshirt material, etc. Poly blends and synthetics are OK. Carers have their own preferences based on their experience and environment. French seams are not needed for outer pouches.
100% cotton flannelette is preferred.
Stuff them so they feel like a firm teddy bear.
Only polyfill for the pillow
A variety of sizes are needed (from 3-12 inches in diameter).
Recommended to use one thread of a cotton 8-10ply and one thread of 8ply acrylic with a 5 to 5.5mm hook. But two of wool/two of acrylic is fine.
No yarns that are ‘fluffy’ like mohair
3D hanging pouches tutorial: HERE
Bag hanging pouch tutorial: HERE
NOMINATE AS A DROP OFF HUB OR SAFEHOUSE
REQUEST ITEMS AS A RESCUE/CARER
I AM LIVING OVERSEAS WHAT CAN I DO:
Donate to our cause as this will cover postage costs, fuel and craft materials
Make items and have items taken to Australia via travellers leaving your country.