Petaluma’s Project Linus…Holiday Craft Faire

Nationally, Project Linus “blanketeers” have produced and delivered over 4.7 million handmade blankets and afghans to children in need because of trauma or illness. There are 368 chapters of Project Linus in the United States and one of them is here in Petaluma. In recent years the local chapter has produced and delivered over 10,000 blankets.

To help fund their efforts this year and next, the North Bay Chapter of Project Linus is hosting a “Holiday Craft Bazaar” on Saturday, November 16th!


The crafts on sale are handmade by the members and supporters of Project Linus. Items include scarves, hats, baby/children clothes, jewelry, holiday decorations, washcloths, baked goods, quilts,etc.

A few photos from one of their recent Holiday Craft events is in order…

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NOTE! New  for this year’s event are outdoor wooden holiday decorations and signs handmade by Bill Wasik! See slideshow below! Photos by Pat Wasik…

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Petaluma Holiday Craft Fairs!

There are several Holiday craft shows and fairs coming up on the calendar. This article will focus on two of them..

  • November 14–The Project Linus Craft Bazaar
  • November 29–The Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart Holiday Craft Fair Benefiting COTS 

The Project Linus Craft Bazaar

Santa Rosa may be the home of the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Petaluma, however, is the home of the North Bay Chapter of Project Linus

Acording to Jenny Giacomini, Chapter Coordinator…

Our mission is simple: to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. We do this by giving them gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created for Project Linus by volunteer “blanketeers.” The Blanketeers are part of our mission, as well: to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

Project Linus Tag

As of June 30, 2009, the North Bay Chapter made 4,914 blankets and donated 4,832. Nationally, as of March 31, 2009, the 405 chapters of Project Linus have delivered 3.005,937 blankets…

To raise funds in support of their efforts, the North Bay Chapter is hosting a Holiday Craft Bazaar…

Project Linus 

WHEN–November 14th from 10 till 2.

WHERE–304 Maria Dr., Petaluma

(Across the street from Learning to Learn Pre School, Maria & Professional Drive)

  • Handmade items for sale at low prices!
  • Baked goods
  • Beautiful quilts
  • Quilted coasters
  • Beaded bracelets
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Toys, hats, scarves, and pillows.

A quilt raffle will be held, and we even have some fabric and quilt magazines for sale! 



Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart Holiday Craft Fair 

 (To benefit COTS)   


When: Sunday, November 29th from noon-5pm

Where: At the historic Hotel Petaluma located at 205 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 

Admission: $1 donation

Free Parking

ATMs across the street at Bank of America 

This event will bring “… together the best in Indie crafts, featuring traditional and edgy styles created by bold designers and artisans from Sonoma County and the Bay Area.”

In addition to an opportunity to show off local talent, all profits and proceeds will go to COTS (Committee on the Shelterless). COTS offers help and hope to the homeless in Sonoma County by providing safe shelter and housing, helping people develop steady incomes and helping them get back under a roof of their own.  

Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart is the brain child of Melissa Abercrombie of Blue Ribbon Salvage, Carrie Caudle of Moonpath Designs, Elaine Elwick-Barr of Rock n Roll Crafts, Nicole Vasbinder of StitchCraft, and Kristine McFarland of Sinkitty Designs…(Below, L to R)

Downtown Craft Mart 

 “We felt that in this economy there are so many Sonoma County residents who are in need and are seeking help and we wanted to do our part to help our community by raising funds for such an important resource,” said event co-planner Nicole Vasbinder. 

Attendees will be able to peruse the craft market, which will showcase 30+ crafters selling everything from jewelry and bath products to clothing and purses, all with a unique twist. The first 50 attendees will receive a fabulous gift bag, which includes “schwag” from local artists and shops and coupons from Petaluma restaurants and merchants. 

  • Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter a raffle for more incredible prizes and gifts generously donated by Chronicle Books and local businesses. 
  • Everyone is welcome to stop by TAPS for a relaxing break and to taste their amazing variety of specialty craft beers; which will feature a special for Craft Mart attendees. 
  • There will even be a gift wrapping table by Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley and a baked goods table hosted by Valley Vista Elementary School.

Sponsors include, Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco, Petaluma Downtown Association, Chronicle Books, Stencil 1, Mrs. Grossman’s, Earlywork Toy Station, StitchCraft.  

For further information or to become a sponsor or donate, please contact: or visit their Website