Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Current Project: Project Linus Blankets

Project Linus blankets:  all sizes, elementary/preteen/teen most needed
Deadline:  none, but for our purposes, March 21, 2014

As many of you are aware, due to the recent school shootings in multiple locations, Project Linus is requesting additional blankets for school-age children to help them cope with the trauma resulting from the loss of classmates/teachers.  As part of Momentum at my church, East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis, we will be implementing Project Linus as our kids craftivism and family craftivism on Wed./Sundays.  Kids helping kids--can you think of a better way to teach others the importance of loving your neighbor as yourself?? 

Our group will be tying fleece blankets, but if you can sew/quilt/knit/crochet, you can help as well!  We have 8 weeks to craft a little hope for these kiddos, and I'm calling on the troops to help in this endeavor.  Can't sew??  Hop on over to www.projectlinus.org and click on the "patterns" tab for a list of NO SEW fleece blanket projects.  There truly is a way for everyone to help.  Once you are finished with your blanket(s), let me know in a comment, and I will let you know what to do next.  1 blanket is a great goal.

Here are a few I've made and an easy not-so-much-a-pattern, pattern:

1 yd. flannel, main print and contrast print
1 package of coordinating satin blanket binding

Pre-wash in non allergenic detergent, iron, trim any edges (if you use pinking shears before washing, the fabric won't fray/ravel).  Place 2 pieces of flannel wrongs sides facing.  Pin blanket binding around, and use wide zig zag to sew.  That's it!  You can make this bigger if you like . . . Here's mine!

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