Many churches hold bazaars or fairs, where locally handmade items are offered for sale in order to raise funds either for the church itself, or for a charitable cause or organisation. Sewing items for sale at the church bazaar is a good way to use up odds and ends of fabric, as well as a way to support the local community and church through donating your time, effort and skills.
Small household items can often be created very quickly on a sewing machine. And, because they are small and don't use up much fabric, it is possible to make them from recycled fabric cut from donated or outgrown clothes. Items such as pot holders can be made from discarded tea towels and wadded with old blankets. Similarly, cushion covers are ideal, quickly-made projects sewn using squares cut from discarded curtains and embellished with buttons.
Make clothes for all sizes of dolls. Use up scraps of slinky, satin fabrics to make evening dresses for teenage dolls, or pretty floral fabrics to make skirts or dresses for larger dolls. You can also make bedding sets for baby-doll cribs, including a matching pillow and quilt cover. A dolls' quilt can be quickly made by lining a pillowcase with a rectangle cut from an old blanket. Sew the open end of the pillowcase closed, then machine stitch criss-cross lines across the stuffed pillowcase to give a quilted effect.
All kinds of bags are useful things to sew for church bazaars, including tote bags, toy bags for the kids, peg bags or drawstring bags to hold kids' swimming gear or shoes. The bags can be left plain if a pretty cotton fabric is used, or plain bags may be dressed up with applique motifs that are either stitched or glued on. Bags for kids can be made more attractive by stitching them from fabrics with cartoon prints.
Novelty items that look cute or appealing can tempt people to part with a little money in aid of a good cause. Sew cute toys such as animals or teddies using felt to cut down on time spent finishing edges and seams, and save further time by using a craft or fabric glue to affix facial features like eyes and noses. Other small novelty items include pincushions or needle cases. Small scented drawer sachets, filled with potpourri, are items that people may buy to give as a gift.