Virtual fundraising ideas: sewing and selling

Virtual fundraising ideas - sell your handmade face masks

Stuck for virtual fundraising ideas during the coronavirus lockdown? In our new blog post series, we’ve taken inspiration from our very own supporters and have got a few new ideas to help you get creative and support Emmanuel House.

Make and sell handmade face masks

There’s been an unsurprising increase in demand for face masks since it was made compulsory to wear them in shops and on public transport. It’s been brilliant to see so many of our supporters getting creative and dusting off their sewing machines to make their own rather than buying new ones. Not only are DIY face masks a great way of reusing old fabric, but they’re also a great virtual fundraising opportunity.

Two of our supporters have made their own face masks and donated the profits to Emmanuel House.

Our friends and neighbours at Six Barrel Drafthouse in Hockley have a range of different patterns for sale. Manager Ezra had the selection of cotton masks, which were handmade by his mum, available for customers to buy when they came to collect their take-away pints.

Virtual fundraising ideas - sell your handmade face masks

Jane has also been making face covers to keep herself occupied during lockdown. She decided to offer them to friends and neighbours for a donation and chose Emmanuel House as the charity to support. She has raised over £150 so far and intends to continue to keep up with the recent surge in demand.

Sell your artwork online

Nottinghamshire is full of artists and creatives and we normally love attending the many different exhibitions and galleries that we have around us, as well as running our very own Emmanuel House Art Group. But we can still enjoy the creativity of our community whilst we await the reopening of these spaces. We’ve been so lucky to see the generosity of artists, who have come together to support us and each other during the lockdown with these ingenious virtual fundraising methods.

Virtual fundraising ideas - sell your artwork online

Before the pandemic, local artist and illustrator Jo was kindly going to open her house and garden for a plant and vintage sale and donate the money made from tea and cake to Emmanuel House. Instead, she listed seven of her prints online and donated the profits to the centre. Jo set up a charity sale on her Etsy page and within half an hour, the prints had sold out and she had raised £250.

Virtual fundraising ideas - sell your artwork online

If you’re an artist, designer or illustrator and you’d like to help but aren’t able to make a financial donation, this is a brilliant way of supporting our charity and services. If you have some old stock that you’d like to sell and donate, why not consider selling them online? You can sell them directly on social media and send your customers a Paypal link, or sell directly through Etsy.

Don’t forget to let us know about your fundraising ideas, we’d love to hear about them. Tag us on social media at @emmanuelhousesupportcentre on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or send us an email at