Ipswich sewers knit together to help bushfire wildlife

As bushfires continue to rage across Queensland and New South Wales, a group of Ipswich sewers has come together to help.

Sew What Ipswich owner Kelly Hanson has been watching the fires affect more and more people and wanted to help.

“There are people out there who are feeling helpless and hopeless watching the fires,” Mrs Hanson said.

“It’s affecting a lot of people and animals.

“I wanted to do what I could.”

Mrs Hanson sent out the call on Facebook that she would be holding a sew-a-thon for anyone who was available to help sew some much needed wildlife pouches.

“There is a group called the Animal Rescue Craft Guild and they sent me a link which had the patterns and even a tutorial on how to make the special pouches,” she said.

“They have to be made a certain way so no beaks or claws get caught

“Everything we make over the next two days we will send onto them to distribute.”

Sewers are needed to make sugar glider pouches, hanging joey pouches, koala mittens and bat wraps.

Crocheters are asked to create nests for orphaned birds and knitters are asked to contribute blankets for animals of all sizes.

Even those without craft skills can help by donating material. Towelette or similar and 100 per cent cotton is required.

Mrs Hanson will provide patterns and instructions as well as sewing machines.

Sew What Ipswich wildlife sew-a-thon will be at 39 Downs Street, North Ipswich on Friday, 15 November and Saturday, 16 November from 9am until 4pm


  1. Hi I love photo. These are mine lol. I made these pouches for a wildlife carer Lindsay in Narrandera NSW. These joeys were not far off from being released. Glad you using.

    1. Hi, I would love to make mittens/ pouches. Could you send a copy of your pattern please.
      Lyn Willenhall West Midlands

  2. Hi! My names Di Warnaby and I would dearly love to knit some mittens for koalas that have been displaced recently. Could you please send me the pattern ASAP!

  3. Hi there

    I would love to make some of the sewing items and have a granddaughter who is knitting & crocheting.

    How do I access the patterns, please….Do you email them?

    Sherenne Powell, 5 Jack St, Dalby Q 4405 Mobile: 0427 063 868

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