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How to Make Quilts for Children in Hospitals

2012-05-25   Views:4

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Children in hospitals need something special to cuddle and call their own. Make a quilt to comfort a child who is sick or injured. Several different programs facilitate quilt donations, or you can do it on your own through your local hospital. Either

How to Make Quilts for Children in Hospitals

Children in hospitals need something special to cuddle and call their own. Make a quilt to comfort a child who is sick or injured. Several different programs facilitate quilt donations, or you can do it on your own through your local hospital. Either way, a child will love and appreciate the handmade quilt long after you made it.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

Quilting materials

Instructions

1 Contact one of the many charities that donates quilts to children in hospitals. Visit organisation websites to locate local chapters of national charities. Quilts given through a local chapter often go to children in hospitals in your area.

2 Make note of any quilt specifications that the charity may have. The organisation may want a specific size of quilt or fabric to be used. Request guidelines or quilt kits, depending on the charity and your preferences.

3 Sew your quilt, following the charity's guidelines. Note that some charities request only machine-stitched quilts, while others may accept a hand-quilted or tied quilt.

4 Mail your quilt to the location specified, typically the headquarters of the charity. If you have a local chapter, you may be able to hand-deliver it.

1 Contact your local hospital and speak to the public relations department or the head of the paediatrics or labour and delivery department.

2 Ask if the hospital would be willing to receive and pass out your finished quilts. Request specific guidelines. Ask about the preferred quilt size and the number of quilts needed, for example.

3 Sew your quilt. Make the quilt an appropriate size for a child or infant, depending on hospital specifications. Use brightly coloured fabric and patterns to appeal to the younger set, or fabric depicting music or TV stars for older children. Choose a simple pattern that is quick to make, and avoid embellishments such as buttons or beads, as these could prove a choking hazard.

4 Take your finished quilt to the hospital and turn it in.

Tips and warnings

Use child-friendly designs and patterns in your fabric.

Flannel is a soft fabric that children love to hold.

As an alternative to quilting, many organisations collect flannel blankets for children that require very little sewing.

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