In honor of Project Linus Day, Feb 21, but in honor of all children, and all charitable projects for children... any and all days of the year: Make a blanket or quilt for a child and donate it to Project Linus.
To find a Project Linus Chapter near you, check out http://www.projectlinus.org/.
If there is not a Project Linus in your area, consider starting a group. And of course, donate to any local hospital, or baby care project and mention your support of Project Linus and all of us who sew for babies and children, everywhere!
To find other charitable giving organizations for children, check out Quilts for Kids and Downy's Quilts for Kids Comfort programs ,AZ Blankets for Kids ,Wrap Them in Love,Sunshine Quilts , Margaret's Hope Chest, Binky Patrol and so many others. Any local hospital that serves children with special medical needs will almost have quilt donation programs.
And for that, I have just added to my huge list of Free Quilt Patterns by creating a category of free patterns perfect for children. It also includes some doll quilts and patterns to be used for American Girl Dolls just for fun. This post is specifically for babies and children and includes a multitude of links for preemies and precious angel babies who leave us far too soon.
Please acknowledge my hard work by simply mentioning that my blog With Heart and Hands contains a post which links to over 2,500 Free Quilt Patterns that are continually being updated and have this special section Free Quilt Patterns: Preemies, Babies and ChildrenI do my best to donate 25 quilts a year to charitable causes and most of those go to babies and children..the hearts of my own heart. And when I have a grandbaby of my own, of course I had to sew for her, for my children's friends children, and most of the time for babies and children that I don't know and probably will never meet. It does my heart such good to create and to share and I know it will yours, as well!
Recieving and Fleece Blankets, Crib and Changing Sheets and Covers,
Bibs, PUL Diapers, Diaper Wipes and Inserts, and More!
Making a Tag or Baby Fidget Quilt and Baby Giraffe Soft Toy
Tutorial: How to Create a Harmonic Convergence Quilt
(This link will take you to The Star Quilters of Asheville SC and their pdf tutorial download)
M Own 'Whirlygiggles' Tutorial for a Pinwheel Baby Quilt
The Simplest of Patches Baby Quilt...make it any way you like with patches!
With Strips and Strings!
With String Piecing!
With Panels or Blocks!
With Improvisational Piecing!
My Other Baby Tutorials!!!
Free Baby Snuggler Patterns and Tutorials
A cross between a blanket and something like a baby sleeper depending on the pattern. So popular now, often made in gauze but so lovely in anything from soft flannel for summer, to cotton knits for fall, to baby micro fleece for the winter months:
Thanks to Lotta Jansdaugher for sharing this online!!!!
free snuggler pattern from Lotta Jansdotter‘s Simple Sewing for Baby book on Make magazine’s site via a podcast but the free pattern
courtesy of Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby and Craftzy is included.
And Rin from http://www.sewinlove.com.au/2014/09/14/free-sewing-pattern-review-snuggler-baby-swaddle-wrap/ shares a few more pics.
Tied Quilts and Comforter Debate:
Just a note on the "Are tied quilts okay to donate for small children and babies" debate and it's urban myth legend started by a simple book in 1935 that creates the false idea that babies 'choked' on the quilt ties. Really? So, if that were true...and it isn't...why do those same groups accept knit and crocheted baby blankets.
If your quild guild has these old fashioned issues..donate to ANY Project Linus group!!!
And I quote from their primary site on becoming a blanketeer: