Announcement   made4aid is a non-profit organisation, raising money for charity since 2009.
We donate proceeds to Medécins sans Frontiéres / Doctors without Borders. Anyone can make and donate items for us, and we usually ship worldwide, though some items may be for sale only within a certain region. For more info. about made4aid aid please see our profile and website (


Last updated on 01 Jan, 2018

made4aid is a non-profit organisation, raising money for charity since 2009.
We donate proceeds to Medécins sans Frontiéres / Doctors without Borders. Anyone can make and donate items for us, and we usually ship worldwide, though some items may be for sale only within a certain region. For more info. about made4aid aid please see our profile and website (


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made4aid - selling handmade items to raise money for MSF / Doctors without borders

In 2009 I was inspired by a blogger who was raising $$$$ for relief work in Darfur with her wonderful bags.

Helped by some friends, made4aid was set up as a voluntary, non-profit organisation and we started selling all sorts of hand-made items. After selling on our blog, we set up this Etsy shop in September 2010.

Artists, makers and designers donate their work from anywhere in the world, to be sold through made4aid - proceeds go to the work of Medécins sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders.

We have made some great contacts with other people who love making things, and who want to give some of their creativity to a good cause. For the latest information on money raised and donations made so far, please see our blog:

There is more info. about made4aid, including information about making donations, on our website:

Shop members

  • Sally

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    made4aid has been selling handmade arts and crafts for charity since 2009. We sell handmade items and supplies - anyone can donate items to sell. All proceeds go to Medécins sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders. More info:

  • Sally Alsford

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Though I'm often too busy in my paying job, I love knitting, weaving, spinning and sewing - some of the bags in the shop are mine, some of the knitting, and most of the handspun yarn. Always hoping to find time to do more....

  • Mandy

    Maker, Designer

    Mandy helped set up and support made4aid from the start, and we often have items she has made listed in the shop.

  • Felecia

    Maker, Designer

    Felecia has donated a beautiful patchwork quilt, and a number of sewing kits and patterns.

  • Olga tyrwhitt

    Maker, Designer

    Olga Tyrwhitt was a much loved teacher of weaving, spinning and other crafts. She has donated a number of items to made4aid.

  • Pat Naylor

    Maker, Designer

    Pat has donated a number of items to made4aid including miniature books, jewellery, felted items and bags.

  • Sue

    Creator, Designer

    My name is Sue. I am mostly housebound and one of my hobbies is making jewellery. Donating to made4aid I get to make items, which brings me a lot of joy. And most importantly, the profits all go to this charity in order to help all those in need.

  • Joy

    Donor And Maker

    Joy, in South London, has donated a range of craft supplies, including handmade ribbon roses and bows, sew on motifs, lace and other haberdashery.

  • Tanya


    Tanya, of Pomme de Jour has donated some of her fab. cushion covers and bunting, made from vintage fabrics.

  • Linda Foley

    Creator, Donor

    Linda Foley lives in France. She says : "I’ve been messing around with textiles ever since I first wrapping stuff around my dolls to make them new clothes and blankets, just have to make !"

  • Lynda Turner

    Creator, Designer, Donor

    Lynda: " I live by the beach in Australia, wonderful place to walk, swim and kayak with my husband and dog. I have recently left my life long work and absolutely love the switch from playing with test tubes to playing with crafty things!"

  • M


    M is a twelve year old high school student in America, who has donating some of her art and craft work as part of a school project on non-profit organisations.

  • Sayani Majmundar


    Sayani : "I am currently a high school student. .... I started making crayons because I noticed how many crayons restaurants waste everyday. To reduce the waste and to assist local art programs, I started recycling the crayons."

  • Nicole


    About me: my name is Nicole, I run and the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter. I've been knitting for charity for years but this is my first foray into knitting for charity fundraising. Excited for the opportunity!

  • Linda Ann


    Linda Ann sews and donates to made4aid, she says : "I am retired and have more time to sew these days. I would love my sewing to be able to help a worthy cause."

  • Amar Singha


    Amar, an award-winning artist, painting since 2013, works in West Bengal, India, and has donated paintings to made4aid. Inspired by cubism his style also reflects Oriental conceptions.

  • MP

    Designer, Maker

    MP, who donated hand-made cards, says : 'I am a middle school student who likes art. When my aunt found Made4aid I wanted to contribute. This is my first time making something for Made4aids. I had some help and advice from my aunt and my mom'.

  • Laura

    Designer, Maker

    Laura, in Yorkshire, UK has always been interested in creating new things. As a person with long-term mental health issues, she wanted to use her art to give a part of herself in a positive way and feel useful. Her search brought her to Made4Aid!



    AGAPI is a non-profit, volunteer organisation registered in Cyprus as an NGO under Association No 4600. Agapi volunteers make items from donated materials and the proceeds from sale of these are used to hep refugees and other needy families.

  • Joan

    Designer, Maker

    Joan is making some children's bags and donating them to made4aid.

Shop policies

Last updated on 24 September, 2017
made4aid ( is a non-profit organisation which has been raising money for aid and relief work since 2009, by selling handmade items made by made4aid, and also donated by artists and crafters around the world.

This is a collective, charitable shop. Items listed have been given by the person who made them (except for vintage items) and the cost* will go to aid work. (*for some items it may be a percentage of the cost, in which case details will be included in the item listing)

made4aid is a voluntary organisation registered with the UK National Council for Voluntary Organisations : membership number NCVO 11190. The organisation is run mainly by Sally, based in London, UK.

made4aid donates all profits (after Etsy and paypal charges) to Médicin sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders, through a Charity Aid Foundation account.

You can find out more about made4aid at:
Do please email us with any feedback or queries at: made4aid [!at]

Do find us on facebook
and on Instagram

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Because of the fund-raising nature of this project, we are not able to pay shipping costs on returns, but will refund the cost of the item (excluding shipping) once a returned item is received by us in the original condition and packaging. We cannot refund shipping costs.

Handmade items will often have irregularities or unevenness which are not flaws, but which are part of the nature and character - and charm! - of hand-made work.
Please note also that colours will look different on different monitors/devices.

Items do not come with insurance coverage and as such, if they become lost or damaged in transit then we cannot accept any responsibility. It may be possible to seek compensation up to £20 for lost items, depending on the country of origin for your item.

Please let us know if you wish to purchase additional insurance or would like your item sent with tracking / signed-for; there will be an additional cost for this.

All items sold by made4aid are covered by UK legislation.
We prefer payment via Paypal, as this carries the lowest charges so that more of your payment goes to charity. Please note that you can pay with your credit card through Paypal, even if you don't have a paypal account.

We do also accept direct Etsy payment if that is more convenient for you.

Payments should be made at time of purchase please or within 2 days, unless previously agreed. Please make sure your Paypal/Etsy delivery address is correct before you complete payment.

Your purchase may be cancelled by made4aid if you have not paid within 36 hours, unless you have made special arrangements and/or contacted us.
Shipping costs will be included with item listings; for some items shipping is included in the item cost, and we will usually ship worldwide.

We will mail to the address given in your Etsy order.

We will combine shipping where possible if you buy more than one item. Listing prices given for 'combined with' are only indicative of the maximum which could be charged; we cannot confirm combined shipping costs until we know which items you have bought. We only charge actual shipping costs, and will refund any overpayment over 0.50p.

Your item will normally be shipped by the person who made and/or donated it. We generally ship on weekdays.

Once your payment is cleared, we aim to ship within 5 business days (at most) of receiving payment, normally within 2-3 working days. Please see below on refunds and exchanges for further information.

Where shipping is from the UK, this is by Royal Mail and usually takes up to 7 working days worldwide outside Europe, and 5 working days within Europe. For deliveries within the UK we use second class for parcel size, first class for letter/large letter size - please let us know if you'd like to upgrade from second to first class.

Insurance is not normally included - please let us know if you would like to purchase insurance or tracking for your item.

Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
Additional policies and FAQs
made4aid began in June 2009, selling online via a blog at:

We began selling via this Etsy shop in September 2010 and we welcome your feedback.

If you missed an item you wanted to buy, contact us - it may be possible to make a custom order for another the same/similar.
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I may collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy.

1. Information I Collect

To fulfill your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order, for example), if you contact me directly via Etsy messenger or email.

2. Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

* as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfill your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
* if you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for a made4aid mailing list;
* if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
* as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

I do not normally download, store or retain your personal information separately or outside/in addition to 1. records kept by Etsy, as part of my shop account, and 2. any information contained in Etsy emails and communications, or 3. any emails or communications that you might send me.

3. Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for only very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

* Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
* Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as postal and delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services to ensure that your purchase reaches you safely.
* Business transfers. If I were to sell or merge my business, I might disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
* Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

4. Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time periods: 4 years maximum.

5. Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

6. Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

* Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
* Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
* Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
* Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

7. How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Sally Alsford, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at made4aid [!at] Alternately, you may mail me at:
Sally Alsford, 46 Heathwood Gardens, London SE7 8EP. United Kingdom.

More information

Last updated on 26 May, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders

We can often make custom items for jewellery or accessories |(made by Sue) and for bags, sewing items (eg. pin cushions and needle cases) or knitted items such as teddy bears. Additional time for making your item would be needed. Please contact us with any queries.

Seller details
Sally Alsford
46 Heathwood Gardens