Could you lend me a hand?

    Posted by  ·  May 31, 2007
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    My 17 year old nephew will travel this summer to China to work in three orphanages. I thought it would be special for him to have gifts to distribute to the children. I believe this simple gesture can bring joy to these little ones and share kindness and maybe offer hope.

    I talked with Hope’s Heart, the organization he is going with and they said they could use 200 small security blankets. I was totally inspired by what Carol did for the orphans with Made for China. I am also amazed at all of the skirts Randi was able to collect for Sewing Seeds. This was all made possible by your generosity and big hearts. So, if you could spare just a little more time and fabric I would truly appreciate help making these blankets.

    They need to be about 12″ X 12″ in size and made from something soft or silky to bring comfort to the children. Carol has a tutorial on how she made her Linus blankets.

    I took two pieces of fabric 12 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ in size, one a flannel and one a ‘minky’ type fabric.

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    With right sides together I sewed around the edge with a 1/4 inch seam leaving about a 3″ opening.

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    Turn right side out and then top stitch around the edge—making sure to close the opening.

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    These little blankets can be made as simply as the one above or could have a ruffle, small tags sticking out from the edges to provide tactile stimulation or bound with bias tape or satin blanket binding. These blankets can be made from scraps sewn together.

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    I was lucky enough to have my friend’s daughter help me sew blankets today. She made the darling patchwork one above and helped with the others. She is so very sweet and talented!

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    If you are able to help with this project please leave a comment and I will send you the mailing address and more details. Please consider mentioning this project to your friends or even linking to this post on your blog. Blankets will need to be mailed by the end of June.

    THANK YOU!

    By the way if you check out the website for Hope’s Heart you will see that there are many things we can do. Lillie is my niece (sister of my nephew that is going this summer).


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    1. Tay
      Friday, May 30th, 2008
      I just realized how long ago this post was... sorry!
    2. Tay
      Friday, May 30th, 2008
      I would love to help.
    3. Brittany
      Sunday, February 10th, 2008
      I found your blog through google When the idea popped into my head to donate a large number of blankets to an orphanage, or someplace that could use them.

      I would love to help. Could the blankets be made of a material like fleece?
    4. Stephanie Bromley
      Sunday, October 14th, 2007
      I have a small group of gals that want to do these 12x12 blankets. Please send me info on where they will go. Also, I notice the month of July on one of the posts, so I hope it's not too late. Stephanie from Utah
    5. Monday, September 24th, 2007
      Please send us info on where to send blankets. Comfort Silkie creates a line of comfort products for babies including a wonderful security blanket. It is used in hospitals and orphanages. They would love to donate to children in China. Please let us know how we can help. www.comfortsilkie.com
    6. Valerie Almquist
      Monday, September 24th, 2007
      Just curious if there is any more need for blankets now that it is past summer and your niece has already made her trip. Thanks!
    7. Monday, July 23rd, 2007
      Hi there! I found your blog and this post via Michelle at Greetingarts. Do you still need more blankies? I would love to help out. Please let me know, and have a great week!
    8. cristina
      Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
      I would love to help, I was adopted when I was ten years old and and I know it would had been nice to have a blanket ,it would an honor to help out.I took home etc. class so i know how to saw . Please let know how many blankets you need and where to send.
      May God bless you always.
    9. Thursday, June 21st, 2007
      I'd love to help!
    10. cac
      Monday, June 18th, 2007
      I would love to help, plus I have easy access to cheap fabric. Please let me know how many more blankets you need and where to send!
    11. Cris White
      Friday, June 15th, 2007
      I would love to help. Please send me the info about when and where to send the blankets. Will your nephew be going on the mission trip in Jesus' name? Cris White
    12. carter
      Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
      I would love to make one or more, please send me the address and deadline - thanks!
    13. Monday, June 11th, 2007
      I'm going to have my Activity Days girls do this. Thanks for a great idea.
      Where should I send them when they're done? Love, Jenna.
    14. Monday, June 11th, 2007
      I'm going to try and make at least one. Please send me the address and deadline and any other details. thank you.
    15. Monday, June 11th, 2007
      Please send me info. on where I can send items. Our chruch ladies are looking for an activity and would love to send a few over.
    16. Monday, June 11th, 2007
      I would love to help out, and the fact that I've become obsessed with making little doll sized quilts doesn't hurt...they need somewhere to go, and I can't think of a better place!
    17. Sunday, June 10th, 2007
      Thanks for the pie recipe. Yum! I like your teacher flowers also.:)
    18. Linda
      Sunday, June 10th, 2007
      I have eight blankets ready to go. Please send me the mailing information.
      Glad to help.
      Linda
    19. Sunday, June 10th, 2007
      Hi-My girls, age 6 & 4, woud each love to make a blanket. Can you please email me with the address of where we can send the blankets?

      Thanks-
      Jenny
    20. Becky
      Saturday, June 9th, 2007
      Another person here from Whip Up! Also wanted to help and to get more info. 12 x 12" really does seem small, is that correct? Also, what is the verdict on knitting or crocheting? I've got a small fabric stash but a huge yarn stash!
    21. Saturday, June 9th, 2007
      I would like to make two blankets. Please send me the mailing information.
    22. Saturday, June 9th, 2007
      I would love to help, could you send me your info?
    23. Michele
      Saturday, June 9th, 2007
      I would like to help. Please send me the info.
    24. nancy
      Friday, June 8th, 2007
      where do I send them?
    25. Friday, June 8th, 2007
      I've been needing to get sewing again, and I may adopt from China someday ... sounds like the perfect project for me! Please do send the info, and count on me for a couple of blankets. Good luck!
    26. Friday, June 8th, 2007
      I'd love to help!
    27. Friday, June 8th, 2007
      Hello - I saw you on whipup! I'd love to make a blanket if there is still a need, I have a stash of flannel :)
      Allison
    28. Friday, June 8th, 2007
      I can send a few blankets. I have some flannels in mind already.
    29. Friday, June 8th, 2007
      I have a ton of minkee I can give you. Interested?
    30. Jenni
      Friday, June 8th, 2007
      I have a bunch of flannel that I can use. I would love to help out. Please send me your address.
    31. Thursday, June 7th, 2007
      I wish I had a sewing machine. I have no space to leave one set up and no space to store one, though. Methinks I'll just have to make room. Your ideas (I've perused all of them!) are so do-able! I don't feel like they are too difficult and yet they look very custom. I'll be back...maybe with a machine someday!
    32. Thursday, June 7th, 2007
      I would love to help out. Please send me your address. I can whip up 5+ in a snap! :)
    33. Thursday, June 7th, 2007
      I would love to help if I can. I found you through "Make it Snappy" blog. My daughter was born in China.

      Thanks!
    34. Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
      Please send me the mailing info – I'd love to sew a blanket or two.
    35. Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
      I would love to send you some snuggle blankets. Please send me the mailing address.
    36. jen
      Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
      I'd love to help with this. Please send me the mailing info.
    37. Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
      I see that they are 12 x 12. . .I have a couple of these already and a ton of regular size baby blankets, can they take those too?
    38. Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
      I would love to help too! Tell me where I can send them!
    39. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      Sorry - you can reach me at ckrueger@xplornet.com
    40. Crystal
      Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      I'll send 2, one for each of my granddaughters! Thanks for sharing the project with us and for collecting all the blankets. I'm looking forward to seeing a picture before they go to China!
    41. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      Count me in! I can do three. Let me know where to send them.
    42. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      Well, sure! Please let me know where to send them. Will these all be for girls?
    43. Anonymous
      Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      We would love to participate! Is 12"x12" the correct size...it seems small?? Also, is knitting or crocheting acceptable? Please let me know these answers, as well as the mailing address.
    44. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      I'd love to send a couple, as well! What a fabulous idea :)
    45. Tonya
      Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      Please, please, please let me know what I need to do to help. My husband and I are in the process of adopting our first child from China and I cannot think of a better way to spend the wait.
    46. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      I would love to help too! Please send me the deadline and mailing info.
    47. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      I'd love to help - please send me the info!
    48. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      I would love too, what is the deadline, looks like i need to get the machine serviced! :) Please send info to my email. I will also link to you.
    49. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      I am terrible at sewing I don't know how to. Could I buy a blanket.? THATS what I did for randi's skirts. Maybe I could try to sew it could you please give me all of the details Thanks, Char
    50. Cori
      Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      I don't sew but I do love to knit and could whip out a few of these if knit ones would be acceptable. Please let me know, I'm eager to help!
    51. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      Yes, I would like to do my part. If the sizes required is approx. 12" x 12", I believe I could put some together in no time at all. Fabrics? I have tons.
      I will start on it tonight. Please tell me where to send them to.
    52. Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
      I'd love to help with the blanket project. My girls got a sewing machine for their birthdays (14 and 15) so I'll get them to make one each as well. That's 3 for us total. I'll tell all my friends, too. Please send mailing details, and keep up the GOOD work!

      Nikki
    53. Monday, June 4th, 2007
      Count me in! Did you mention when you need them by?
    54. April
      Monday, June 4th, 2007
      Hi, if it's not too late I would like to help as well. I love sewing and have made baby blankets in the past. If I can help just let me know where an dwhen to send and how big.
    55. Carla
      Monday, June 4th, 2007
      Hi!

      I love to sew, and I'd love to make a few blankets. Please send me the mailing address, and due date for the blankets. What an awesome thing. I love to participate in projects where everyone wins!
    56. Monday, June 4th, 2007
      Count me in! Maybe I could hand deliver mine.
    57. Irish Girl
      Monday, June 4th, 2007
      Would love to help! Please send the address.

      Also, your site is such an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing your talent with the internet.
    58. Monday, June 4th, 2007
      I would love to sew two blankets. What is your stand on knit ones? Like others I could knit have knit ones ready by the end of june. Also, is 12x12 really the size?
    59. Cathy T
      Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
      I would love to help out. Please email me with the address and the date you would like to receive them by. I will make at least three (one by each of my kids and myself!).
    60. Bobbi Roth
      Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
      I am the proud mom of three adopted children from China. I would love to help with this. Please send me an address. Thank you for doing this to help so many deserving children. It is such a small item but will bring so much happiness to so many children!
    61. Cherlon
      Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
      I would love to help.
    62. Vicki
      Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
      I would love to donate something. Please send the address. :)
    63. Jerri
      Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
      Count me in!
    64. Shawnty
      Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
      I'm good for at least 2 - more if you need them.
    65. Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
      I will be happy to make a few blankets and/or donate supplies. Whatever you need the most.
    66. Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
      The babes may come as early as next week, but I've been able to spend a good amount time at my machine (heheh in my land of denial!) - if you send me the address I'll do my best to send one out before the drama starts!
    67. Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
      I would love to make a few of these. My kids just got out of school for the summer and I would love to make these with them.
    68. Scrapcatb
      Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
      I would also love to join in! And what a great use for some of my leftover fabrics! Please let me know where I can send the blankets!
    69. Esther
      Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
      I would love to do this please let me know where I can send the blankets.
    70. Kate
      Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
      I would like to be a part of this. I could make 3-4 if they are still needed. i'll get working on them.
    71. michelle
      Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
      I would also love to help. Please let me know where to send the blankets to, I will try to have a few for you.
    72. Elena Murphy
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      Can you accept knitted blankets, if they are nice and soft? I'm more of a knitter than a sewer, and I could have one or two done by your deadline.

      Let me know. Thanks!
    73. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      oh i would love love love to help!
    74. Pat
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      Please send more info on making these "blankets"
      thanks
    75. Sarah
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I'd like to do this with my daughter.
    76. Bip
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I saw this on the craftzine blog, and I'd love to help!
    77. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I would love to help out as well!
    78. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I am the very proud mama of two daughters from china and I have a sewing room FULL of perfect fabrics, so please send me your mailing address and I will happily sew up a few blankets!
    79. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      Found your post through Craft: magazine. I've been in the sewing mood lately, so finding this post is timely! Please send me the mailing information and I'll make as many as I can in the next couple of weeks.
    80. Lynnski
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I'd love to help. Please send me any necessary information.
      Thank You!!!
    81. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I can help! I think I have materials on hand to make at least two. Please send me the mailing info.
    82. Nicole
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I would love to help. Please send the mailing information.
    83. Maya
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      Hello! I would love to make some! Please send me mailing info: calpyro@gmail.com.
    84. Joanne J.
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I'll do five - one "from" each of my grandchildren. We're trying very hard to teach them values and the importance of making right choices, and I think this would be a great way to show how to serve others with even the smallest of things. Thanks for opening up the opportunity for us to participate in this small way! Jo
    85. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      Hi, I think this is a great idea~ I hope to get some done for you, and maybe tell some friends. Could you please send me the mailing address? Thanks! Good luck!
    86. Courtney
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      My mom and I are working on the blankets at home- I love helping you- and thanks for having me!
    87. Barbara
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I'm in... this is a great idea.
    88. Sairey Gamp
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I am just getting into sewing again after a hiaitus of several years. Put me down for two.
    89. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      i'm also interested if you would like some that are knitted/ crocheted. feel free to e-mail me if you'd like some made that way as well, as i can make three or so, if all they have to be is 12" by 12" (which seems super small to me, too).
    90. brittany
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      Hello,

      I love this idea, its amazing that you are undertaking a project like this. I would love to help, anything i could do to help out these children!
      Thanks!

      ~brittany
    91. chibi
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      just 12" X 12"?
    92. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      Hi! I would love to help. Some of my favorite people are adopted! What a great thing your nephew is doing. Let me know when and where to send it! Thanks.
    93. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I read this and immediately started making some little blankets. I plan to have at least three for you. E-mail me the info at: jaildiet@yahoo.com

      What a fantastic way to give back to children.
      Tif
    94. Brandi.
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I'll be happy to make one.
    95. Scott
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      What a great idea! I definitely want to make at least one, if not more... What a wonderfully concrete way to make/do/create something that will directly touch/benefit someone.
    96. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      Cindy, I'd be happy to help out. Can they be knit or crocheted as well, or do you just want them out of fabric? I'm betting you'll get a *lot* more than 200!
    97. Jennifer
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I will make at least three. Thank you for the post.
    98. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      Hi Cindy,

      I will be helping you with some blankets, for sure! I have lots of flannel and fleece that would be nice for this. I am hoping that you get tons of little blankies for the kids!
    99. Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I love this idea since I am also in the process of adopting from China (you can see my adoption blog here www.forksandchopsticks.wordpress.com). When do you need these blankets by? My mother has a sewing machine and I am sure that she would be happy to do this for you. She is currently on vacation and will be back a week from today, so would probably be able to sew up a few in mid-June. I am more of a knitter, so would it be OK to knit a colorful blanket? I have some wonderful brightly colored yarn that I was going to use to make for my own soon to be adopted daughter, but I just haven't been inspired lately to do it. It would be good for me to make it for another baby still waiting. Please e-mail me at forksblog@optonline.net with the details.

      I will mention this post on both my craft blog and adoption blog. Thanks for organizing this!
    100. Joyce
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      I would love to make some of these. Please email me the mailing address they need to be sent to. Thanks.
    101. Susan
      Friday, June 1st, 2007
      You can plan on three from my house. This will be a great project for my kids!!
    102. Thursday, May 31st, 2007
      I would love to help you out!
    103. Thursday, May 31st, 2007
      I'd love to make one!!
    104. Thursday, May 31st, 2007
      just thought of this- you could ask them to post your request at whipup.
    105. Thursday, May 31st, 2007
      I would love to help!
    106. Thursday, May 31st, 2007
      I would love to help. My daughter had some health issues when she was little and she received 2 Project Linus blankets while in the hospital and even though she is almost 5, they are still her favorite blankets to play with and her brother enjoys thems as well...what a wonderful way for us to give back to others that have blessed us. I look forward to your email.