Saturday, November 21, 2020 is Ditty Bag Day! Packing out the bags begins at 10 am at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Avenue SW, West Seattle. 

The Seattle Seafarers Center distributes holiday gifts in the form of ditty bags filled with hats, toiletries, playing cards, and candy to the seafarers in the Port of Seattle during the holidays. For many of them, these are the only gifts they will get because their friends and family are half a world away. Our ship visitors will present the ditty bags as a sign that Seattle cares. We need your help to accumulate product for at least 1000 ditty bags. If you sew or knit, link here to the patterns. If you can contribute to the collection of other items to fill the bags, here's a list of what we need. As you buy the items, consider that only 2% of seafarers are women. Ships stay at sea for long periods of time so travel sizes are not as helpful. We are seeking new items:

  • Deodorant

  • Shampoo

  • Toothpaste

  • Playing cards

  • Disposable razors

  • Shaving cream

  • Toothbrushes in single packs

  • Bars of soap

Can't decide what to give? The Mission is very low on shampoo, shaving cream, and deodorant.


Making these bags is not merely about stuffing them with items -- if you, a group at your church, or a group of your friends, are interested in knitting or sewing, there is also the option of making both the ditty bag as well as a cap. We have examples and information about patterns you can use for both the ditty bags and the watchcaps available on our site.

  • Click here for more information on knitting/sewing groups

Links to patterns are below:

  • Click here for the Watchcap pattern

  • Click here for the Ditty Bag pattern

Items can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Seattle Seafarers Center (3568 W Marginal Way SW – Monday through Friday from 10am-3pm or by arrangement in the evenings or on the weekends)

  • St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral (1245 10th Ave E)

If you have donations that you need to have picked up – please email us:

3568 W Marginal Way SW

Seattle WA 98106

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