I periodically stitch for charity fund raising and one of the organizations I support is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. I’ve shared some of these pictures on here before, but they do help highlight what you can stitch
Many machine embroidery design companies offer sample designs or regular freebies for you to try out. Here is a list I’ve created of machine embroidery companies that offer free Awareness designs. With a solid color ribbon, you can download any awareness ribbon design and just substitute your thread color. Even if you can’t edit, you can switch out your thread spool. There are some specific two color designs, although there are fewer of those for free. There are autism puzzle free designs as well.
Many sites require you to sign up/register with an email address before you can download the free files.
If you need help determining the color of ribbon for what you choose to support, Wikipedia has a good reference:
Ann the Gran
Heart with ribbon on it
Butterfly with word HOPE
Apex Embroidery fonts
applique split awareness ribbon
Artistic Thread Works
A multi colored Ribbon representing all the Cancer organizations signature colors, 4 different designs
Monkey with ribbon
A Time to Stitch
6 designs on Freebies page – includes troop support and red white and blue ribbons in addition to cancer awareness, just scroll down
Awareness mug rug
Ribbon with hearts on it
Creative Machine Embroidery
Criswell Embroidery and Design
ITH ribbon bookmark – bottom of page
Criswell FSL earrings and charm – Halfway down the page – I’ve used both sizes for earrings
Embroidery Library Inc.
Butterfly of Hope
EMS Cross Stitch <edit to add: closed March 2017>
Embroidery Online (OESD)
This may only be free in October of each year, 5 designs
Fill stitch in 3 sizes
Double applique Ribbon design
GG Designs Embroidery
Several here – just scroll past the first for purchase one to the free listings
JHB at Oregon – pretty set of ribbon with phrases of hope http://www.oregonpatchworks.com/collections.php?id=jhb
Just Sew Pretty
Infant loss applique ribbon with foot prints
Just Sew Sandy and Debora – filled butterfly ribbon
Two Color in two sizes
Lots of filled designs also a couple of quilting blocks
Sadia Sews – < Closed 2016 >
Free ribbon designs – all are FSL
FSL with hearts, has a hanging loop
Cancer Dedication Bracelets
(the wings in this pic are a purchased design from Stitch Delight)
Save the Hooters owl – bottom of page
(Jenny Haskins son, both well known digitizers) has leukemia and there’s a FB page with free files (files tab) with multiple different designs (to go on fabric) that people are making quilt blocks for leukemia awareness fundraising – for ribbon, pick your color and you’re all set.
Sonia Showalter –
FSL Ribbon with Rose
FSL Angel with Ribbon
Stitch it Cheap
Save the Hooters filled and redwork files http://www.stitchitcheap.com/index.php?rt=product%2Fproduct&product_id=478
Sulky Embroidery Club http://www.sulkyembclub.com/designs.aspx?cid=1&scid=36&pt=4
Mini Autism heart and ribbon (or stitch in one color) http://www.swakembroidery.com/info/free/SWAK_op_FREEAutismAwareness_2Deisgns.htm
The Country Needle
Two color or one color FSL
I checked all the links on May 6, 2016. There are also many companies that will offer free designs in concert with October Breast Cancer Awareness – some of these are temporary and go for purchase or disappear before the end of the year. This may not be a complete list as designs are always being put up and down – but it is more than enough to get you started if you have a cause you’d like to stitch an attractive embroidery design for. There are also many beautiful embroidery awareness designs for sale.
Doggie bandanas – my sister’s pooch advertises upcoming activities on his walks. Apex offered the Relay design on his old site, the American Cancer Society site did say in copyright that if you don’t sell items you may use their design for promoting local Relay for Life activities. Contact Apex to see if he’ll offer it. The appliqué was a freebie from Embroidery Boutique that also is not currently offered but I’d expect we’ll see in October again.
Purchased designs I’ve used include the heart wings design (above) and butterfly wings awareness design from Ace Points
and (with colors changed and text added) the Awareness Rose from Embroidery Library, the Cancer Awareness bracelet as a bookmark
and Celebrate Life also from Embroidery Library (each only $1USD and beautiful). The person wanted a check box with “other” as signing in on Relay and such, the non-pink cancers (in this case teal for ovarian) check “other”.
For those of you with cutting machines (Scan n Cut, Silhouette ..) Apex’s Cuttable Designs has a set of 5 free cuttable awareness ribbons with wings http://apexembdesigns.com/cuttables/product/pink-ribbon-cuttable-design and free Give cancer the boot designs http://apexembdesigns.com/cuttables/product/give-cancer-boot-cuttable-designs.
If you’d like more photos, check out my Flickr feed.