Special commission for the No Kid Hungry project in the USA

Recently on Facebook, a woman called Annette posted an appeal for anyone who would be able to design a dollhouse sampler for her, to be used to help spread the word about the No Kid Hungry project. The editor of American Miniaturist magazine saw the post and tagged me into the conversation, and I soon became interested enough to offer to design a 1:12 scale miniature sampler to help out – this special commission for the No Kid Hungry project is rare for me, as I don’t usually take on ‘commissions’ of any kind – I’m simply too busy – but this one appealed to me, as it was for a charity which aims to help children in poverty in America.

Annette told me that she is making and furnishing a doll’s house to be raffled off to raise money, but she wanted a sampler inside the house which would echo the charity’s slogan, so I said that I’d help if I could. This is what I designed for her. The colours echo the logo colours of the campaign:

No Kid Hungry dollhouse sampler

Annette explains all about it:

The house was given to the manager of the Arby’s restaurant in New Berlin, Wisconsin (located at Moorland and Beloit Road) and will be raffled off to raise money for the NO KID HUNGRY campaign.  The manager happens to be a cousin of mine!  

This is a charity run by the Arby’s Foundation.  Their mission statement:

Our vision is to ensure that all children in America have access to wholesome food – every day. We believe a child’s potential for success begins with a meal, and together we can ensure every child has the food they need to succeed.

A bit of history:

The Arby’s Foundation was founded in 1986 as a way for Arby’s to give back to the communities we serve. For 30 years, we’ve donated over $76 million to various charitable causes across the country. Since 2011, the Foundation has focused its mission to ending childhood hunger in America, contributing over $21 million to hunger relief organizations in all 50 states.


Arby’s works hard to make a difference in the communities we serve by impacting the issue of childhood hunger on national, state and local levels.

Nationally, we partner with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. As a Core Partner of the No Kid Hungry campaign, the highest delineation for a partner, we work with them on all levels to take a strategic approach to ending childhood hunger by funding long-term innovative programs and sustainable solutions that impact the issue of childhood hunger.


The Arby’s Foundation, the charitable arm of Arby’s, carries out a mission to end childhood hunger in America. Building on a philanthropic heritage that has contributed over $76 million to child-related causes since its inception in 1986, the Arby’s Foundation is working to ensure every child in America has the meals they need to succeed, especially when school is out. With more than 16 million U.S. children—more than 1 in 5—facing hunger daily, the Arby’s Foundation has devoted its resources to providing education and access to wholesome food choices for children across the country. The Arby’s Foundation is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.


I felt that this was a charity worth supporting, so I designed the sampler, and sent the chart and enough materials to stitch it, to Annette’s cousin. She stitched it really well, found a gorgeous frame and mount to put it in which really sets it off, and then it was put in the doll’s house.

No Kid Hungry dollhouse sampler

Doesn’t it look great in the doll’s house? The sampler measures about two inches by three when framed, and is stitched on 32 count evenweave fabric with one strand of Anchor stranded cotton (floss).

I really hope that it helps to raise money for the No Kid Hungry project!


Are you interested in doll’s houses and stitching? Then why not visit my website, where you can buy doll’s house needlepoint kits to make all kinds of soft furnishings for one-twelfth scale dollhouses. There are over 280 kits to choose from, plus chart packs, fabric project packs, tutorials, and lots of eye candy to inspire you! Kits are available on 18 and 22 count canvas, 28 and 32 count evenweave, and 32 and 40 count silk gauze, so there’s something for everyone – from beginners to experts.


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4 thoughts on “Special commission for the No Kid Hungry project in the USA”

  1. What a lovely thing you did. And the stitching and finishing are superb. I hope they raise some funds for a great charity!

  2. What a great way to raise funds for a really good charity. I find it hard to turn down charity requests for anything and I do enjoy a bit of craftivism too.

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