How to Make Your Prayer or Comfort Shawls or Cloths More Personal and Impactful

When you add a prayer shawl card to your gift of a prayer shawl or cloth, you add an even more personal touch to a meaningful gift

There’s one sense in which offering a hat, scarf, prayer shawl, or any other item knitted for charity speaks for itself. Any handmade item speaks of the time, effort, love, and yarn that was spent in its creation, and that in itself speaks volumes.

Even so, a few well-chosen words attached to an item knitted for charity can make all the difference.

This is particularly true when we’ve knitted a comfort item — that is, something not necessarily meant to address a physical need, but rather an emotional one.

Prayer Shawls & Cloths: the Ultimate Comfort Items

Perhaps few knitted items are a better representative of a comfort item than a prayer shawl, sometimes referred to as a “comfort shawl.” (After all, it’s right there in the alternative name!)

Prayer shawls are one of the most common ways to knit for charity all over the United States, if not the world. If you attend a church, it’s possible that it has a prayer shawl ministry. Even if not, there’s likely to be a community charity or group devoted to creating prayer shawls.

The idea behind a prayer/comfort shawl is simple: a handmade gift offered to a person struggling in some way, to let that person know that they are in your thoughts and prayers. Again, intrinsic in this concept is the creation of a physical object that a person can touch as a reminder that someone has thought of them and cares for them.

The shawl is frequently given to someone going through a tough time — a death in the family, financial difficulty, depression, illness, and so on.

If you’re interested in knitting these comfort items, you can find a collection of free knitting patterns for shawls here.

Prayer cloths are a similar concept; I explained it in more detail here, but to summarize, it’s a miniature version of the prayer shawl.

Because prayer cloths are so much smaller, they’re far more portable than prayer shawls. This means they can easily be tucked into a pocket and carried with a person wherever they go.

Prayer cloths often make better gifts for gentlemen (many of whom don’t seem to take to shawls, for some reason…) as well as children. Children, in particular, may be especially keen on small cloths that are just their size.

You can find two free knitting patterns for prayer cloths shown below in my eBooklet “Quick Charity Knitting Wins.” When you subscribe to my Knitting Nuggets Newsletter here, you can get it right away!

Why You Might Want to Offer Prayer Shawl/Cloth Cards with Your Donated Comfort Items 

A prayer/comfort shawl or cloth holds meaning all on its own, of course. However, when the knitter or crocheter lets a recipient know how much care, prayers, blessings, and/or thoughts went into the shawl or cloth’s creation, the recipient will fully know that this was a labor of love.

This is where a sweet, simple card can make such a difference.

But sometimes, we’re simply at a loss for words! For knitters, it is often so much easier to express ourselves through fiber than with words.

Printable Prayer Shawl Cards You Can Customize Yourself

That’s why I designed a lovely set of printable and customizable cards. You’ll see a sample image below.

Prayer Shawl Cards
This image will take you straight to a download page so you can create your own cards!

As you can see, you can alter this card to fit the way you would like to word your comfort. Some people prefer not to make reference to prayers or blessings. Others like to offer thoughts, prayers, and/or blessings.

At the end, you can replace “Your Name” with your name. Or you can erase the text that reads “Your Name” and sign the card, if you want to give it an even more personal touch.

To access this set of cards, click the prayer shawl card image shown above to be taken to the download page! Be sure to read the directions at the top of the page so that you can either copy the cards to your own Google Drive, or else download the cards to your computer and use Microsoft Word to edit them.

(Would you rather have someone else do the work of editing your cards? Click here to learn about my card customization service.)

I hope you find these printable prayer shawl/cloth cards to be just the touch you need to express your desire to offer comfort and love to your recipients!

Want more free knitting patterns for charity? Click here for your copy of “4 Quick Charity Knitting Wins” and start making a difference today!
Downloadable prayer shawl cards

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  1. Hi there! Up until now when knitting for charity, I’ve stuck mostly to knitting prem booties/cardies/hats for the local neonatal unit. I never thought about prayer/comfort shawls…what a great idea (plus I love the idea of a printed card passing on blessings). I’ll be having a good look at all the patterns before I decide which one to make, but thank you for the idea and the pattern suggestions!
    Please accept MY blessings.
    Vonnie x

  2. I am having problems making copies of the prayer shawl cards from microsoft word. When I go to print, it says it’s too large to print and I have to drag the lines from the second page to the first. I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong. Thank you.

    1. Hi Frances, I get that warning too. The good news is that you can ignore it! It’ll print normally. (I don’t know why that warning pops up – maybe something to do with printer settings, but I’m too lazy to worry since it *does* work.)

  3. The printables are awesome. But, I can’t download them on my IPad. Don’t know why though. The sayings are awesome. I’m planning on making some of the prayer cloths to send to my Grandson and his platoon. He is in the Marines.

    1. Hi Deborah! Can you not download the printables, or can you not open them? If you can’t download them, I can e-mail them to you. If you can’t open them, it might be because perhaps you don’t have Microsoft Word on your iPad. Let me know and we can figure this out together! 🙂 I’m excited to hear that you’ll make some of the prayer cloths for your grandson and his platoon. I’m very thankful for their service!