Volunteers Are Sewing Pouches For Australia’s Orphaned Kangaroos And Koalas

by : Emily Brown on : 08 Jan 2020 08:43
Volunteers Are Sewing Pouches For Australia's Orphaned Kangaroos And KoalasPxfuel/Bronwen Nicholson/Facebook

Volunteers from across the globe are spending their free time sewing pouches, baskets and nests for animals who have been displaced in the Australian bushfire crisis. 

Wildlife rescue centres in Australia have been inundated with arrivals recently, as more and more suffering, lonely animals are found in need of care.


It’s thought over one billion animals have already been killed as a result of the fires, which have burned 13.5 million acres of land across the country. Therefore, every little animal saved is a success.

Baby koala clinging to its mumPixabay

In an effort to make displaced animals more comfortable, volunteers with the Animal Rescue Craft Guild have been making items which will keep creatures warm and cosy, with their creations being gifted to baby koalas, kangaroos, bats and sugar gliders.

The group say they design, sew, make, and recycle ‘everything to make products that help animal rescue’, including ‘beds, crates, containers and support equipment to help rescuers.’


Avalon Llewellyn, volunteer and group administrator for the Craft Guild, joined towards the middle of 2019 when there were only 1,000 members. Volunteers initially focused on making dog coats, blankets and cat sweaters, but as the bushfires became an urgent matter they altered their creations to help the animals suffering as a result of the blazes.

This little batch is now boxed up, labelled and ready for delivery to those in need…….. my hands are a little tired…

Posted by Lisa Jane on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

As conditions worsened, the Craft Guild’s membership grew. Llewellyn told CNN there were 23,000 members by January 1, and just one week later the number of volunteers stands at more than 120,000.

Members of the Guild’s Facebook group exchange tips and questions, though there are some guidelines in place to ensure the creations are fit for use. Joey pouches and bat wraps must be hand sewn, while bird nests may be crocheted. All creations must follow a template provided by the group, and they should be made with a soft material such as cotton or linen.


Young marsupials, such as possums, koalas and wombats, require pouches to grow. If they have lost their mothers in the bushfires, they rely on hand-stitched products from donors.

Just last week, the group sewed 5,000 bat wraps, thousands of joey pouches and hundreds of blankets and towels, and with membership increasing the creations are likely to continue coming thick and fast.


According to the latest update on the Craft Guild Facebook page, the most in-demand items at the moment include joey pouches, hanging pouches, bird nests, blankets and bat wraps.

**FAQs & Answers*****Please only follow information shared by admins. This will prevent confusion and misinformation….

Posted by Avalon Llewellyn on Monday, January 6, 2020

Donations are coming from across the globe, with volunteers working in countries such as Italy, the US, the UK, Finland and Singapore, as well as in Australia. The creations are then distributed to independent animal carers across Australia.

The country is in need of as much support as possible during the crisis; it’s incredible to see so many people come together in an effort to do their part.


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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Animals, Australia, Bushfires, koalas, wildlife


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    Volunteers around the world are sewing pouches for Australia's orphaned or injured kangaroos, koalas and bats

  2. Animal Rescue Craft Guild/Facebook