Make a scarf. You might just save a life.


The LifeStraw, along with new cisterns and wells, can save lives the moment they are available to people in need. But how do we get them there? What can each of us do to make a contribution? Short of traveling to remote areas to deliver supplies and dig wells, it doesn’t seem like there is much that can be done. But there is. Many worthy charities have the personnel and infrastructure in place, and are doing valuable work to help those in need. What these charities don’t have are the financial resources to make the full impact they are capable of.

There are many ways you can contribute to the charities that are helping those in need. Raising money can be difficult and time consuming, or it can be fun, easy and rewarding. By doing something as simple as making and selling a scarf, you can change the lives of others. And by changing a life you can change the world.

Inspired by Japanese textile artist Yuh Okano, this scarf is symbolic of the beauty of water. Bubbles and ripples are created by steam in a technique called shibori, or “memory in cloth”. The cloth remembers the water that created it.

Download our step-by-step instructions and print out the tags, front and back. For as little as US$3.00, the cost of the fabric alone, you can make this scarf. If you sell it for US$25.00, less than the price of hand-made scarves in boutique shops, the US$22.00 profit you make can be donated directly to a water related charity. Making just one scarf can provide fresh drinking water to one person for the next 15 years (if you donate to the well digging efforts of Charity: Water, one of many worthy charities). Consider the change that is possible if women throughout the world make and sell scarves to benefit the women and children who are in need. It is the gift of selfless service that will change the world.


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  • 1. Laura Gentry  |  February 25, 2007 at 11:57 am

    Thank you for this fantastic idea!

  • 2. Cindi  |  April 22, 2007 at 12:14 am

    This is a beautiful pattern and a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing it.

  • 3. eloise brown  |  April 25, 2007 at 3:16 am

    I want to join all of the other people who are going to make this scarf and the proceeds from selling it being used for a chraitable donation.

  • 4. eloise brown  |  April 25, 2007 at 3:17 am

    My comment is no.3 in this liist.See above

  • 5. eloise brown  |  April 25, 2007 at 3:18 am

    I will join the group making this scarf…sell it and donation the money to charity.

  • 6. Debra Kahn  |  August 28, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Inspired by it’s beauty and simplicity, I have written a post on my blog about this scarf project. I am hoping that schools and students participating in raising funds for the Amman Imman Project will make this beautiful scarf as a fundraiser for the people of the Azawak of Niger, West Africa. Please visit to read the post. Read about the plight of the people in the Azawak, who live without any water for 9 months during the year at Amman Imman website. Thank you for this wonderful inspiration, and thank you for the work you are doing.

  • 7. Amber Douglas  |  October 6, 2007 at 5:46 am

    You know, this is the best idea i’ve heard of since sliced bread. I’ll join in.

  • 8. Alicia Hemphill  |  February 17, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    What a fantastic idea! This is awesome because anyone can do it. Thank you!

  • 9. Sara Mohamed Ali  |  November 20, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I will do any thing for helping my country Sudan.I’m working in project about rainwater harvesting in Sudan to catch rainfall water in Sudan.

  • 10. Dona Dirlam  |  December 13, 2008 at 11:47 am

    My 14 year old niece Emily and her mom Deb have created scarves in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Today, I am giving them to 3 friends for Christmas and Hannukah presents.

    Thank you for this gift.

    Dona Dirlam
    Church in Ocean Park
    Santa Monica, California

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