sew handmade items for our troops


Drawstring bags are handy and useful for our Troops to store their loose, personal items. Each one we place in a Care Package is handmade by an appreciative American.



Bandanas are useful items for our Troops. The bandanas we send in our Care Packages are hand stitched or machine sewn by our dedicated Volunteers as their way to express appreciation.

Bandana Can be Used to:

  • Compress wounds
  • Dry sweaty hands
  • Protect neck from hot sun
  • Clean binocular lens
  • Repair a broken pack or gun strap


Is there a pattern for the Bandanas?

A bandana should be between 21″ and 24″ square when seamed. Simply cut your fabric into a square, allowing for a ½” seam on all sides. Fold the edges ½” on each side and sew them down.

What color/print of fabric should I use?

Remember that these will be worn by both men and women so keep your colors and patterned fabric muted (tan, military shades of green, blue or brown). We want the bandanas to blend well with our Troops’ daily uniform. Camo pattern is always appreciated and can be found in almost every fabric store. Please do not use pastels, neon, or overly bright colors.

What type of fabric should I use?

We suggest 100% cotton. It’s a durable fabric when wet or dry and can be easily washed and dried with no special care. It is also inexpensive and can be found in almost any craft store or online.

Should I wash my bandanas after they are made?

Please do not. Many people are allergic to today’s detergents and have to use special laundry soap.

Can the bandana be worn while in uniform?

Yes, when regulation issue is not required.

Should I send a letter or note?

We make sure that all handmade items include a short note and an e-mail address from us, but we welcome a letter from you as well. The note can be a letter about yourself or as simple as “Handmade with Love,” along with your email address and/or home address. If you are uncomfortable using your personal address, feel free to use ours—info@operationgratitude.com—but please include your full name so we can be sure to forward replies to you.

The best way to attach your personal notes to your bandana is to fold it inside the bandana. Please do not stitch your note to the bandana

Do you have any special shipping instructions for bandanas?

When mailing the bandanas to us, please place your bandanas all together in one large plastic zip-lock or drawstring bag so they remain clean and dry during transit to us and while waiting to be shipped to the Troops. Please do not put each bandana in its own individual bag.

Will I get a letter of acknowledgment from Operation Gratitude?

Yes, we will keep track of all the items you send or deliver to us, and send you a thank you letter within 8 weeks. If you want confirmation of delivery of your shipment(s), please use the tracking system provided by your shipper.

Do I have to make a bandana or can I buy one to send to you?

You are welcome to purchase them! If you are an Amazon shopper, we have a wish list of items set up and you can have the bandanas shipped directly to us and save on your shipping costs!


  1. Fill out our Donor Form and print a copy for each box that you send.
  2. Ship all items to:
    Operation Gratitude
    ATTN: Handmade with Love Program
    9409 Owensmouth Avenue
    Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278

Or drop them off in person:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We accept handmade items year-round.


Email us at HWL@operationgratitude.com.

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