As a crafter I usually find myself left with some extra yarn and or fabric when I finish one of my projects. Most of you who knit have tiny little balls of yarn stuck here and there that you can't bear to part with. You're just waiting for the right small project to come along. The same with those of us who sew. There are always little scraps of fabric left over that get folded up in the cabinet.
Well, I have a plan for all those leftovers.
I knit baby blankets and sweaters for charity and a few years ago when we delivered a box of them to a local hospital, the woman who accepted them asked if we had included any toys for the kids in the pediatric ward. I hadn't at the time but I started thinking about her request.
1. Use washable yarns and fabrics. Kids are messy. Save the $40 a skein imported wool for another project.
2.Kids are attracted to bright colors. If you usually work with beige and grey, add a little yellow or bright pink.
3. Whenever possible substitute velcro fasteners for buttons and zippers. They're easier for little hands.
You can also use a stuffed animal and make some neat outfits for it. Bears, dogs and bunnies all look sharp in handmade clothes. If you only have tiny bits of leftovers to spare and not enough time, consider dressing a Barbie doll. You can buy a basic one for a couple dollars or find one at a garage sale. The internet is full of free patterns, I can direct you to some.
There's no time limit and no great expenditure involved. Take a month, a year or whatever time it takes. One item a month will add up to a nice wardrobe. Think of the benefits. You make a child or a whole hospital ward full of children happy. You use up some of that stash that's been hanging around for years and you get to go out and buy more to replace it. Win-win.