Back at the end of last year Sheila from Sewchet was collecting knitted/crochet squares for blankets for refugees. I was not able to do anything at the time but every year my friend and I get a group of teens together to make something for charity. There are other get togethers throughout the year but this is the one where it isall about something for others instead of for them.
In previous years we have made blankets for the homeless, shoe boxes with handmade stockings, sleighs, cards etc filled with Christmas goodies for the local food bank and handmade cards and letters for the Open Doors charity that supports persecuted Christians around the world.
When I saw Sheila’s post I knew that this year had to be another blanket making year so we finally managed to get a date at the end of January to suit all the regulars.
It was a great, fun afternoon as always. The blankets are very simply made. You lay two pieces of fleece material one on top of the other. We used 1 1/2 m length. You then cut a 6″ square out of each corner. Along the four sides you then cut 1 1/2″ wide strips 6″ into the fabric. These are then knotted together to secure the two layers together.
We laid out three tables and with a few competitive teens we soon had three groups competing to see who could do the most!
The blankets looked so colourful all stacked up after they were completed!
Everyone had brought along a picnic and after eating there was a very lively hour of games! The only quiet time was when they were in groups with a banana cut in half, four cocktail sticks and two elastic bands trying to work out the strongest way to rejoin it.
While they did that a couple of us sat and stitched labels the teens had signed onto the blankets.
It was such fun and great to be a part of 🙂 I am hoping that they will add a beautiful splash of colour and brighten someones day a little.
I hope you are all having a lovely and creative week! The weather is gorgeous here today, it’s great to see some sunshine, perfect for getting a few photos taken!
I’ve some gorgeous embroidery that my Grandma did years ago to show you soon. Until then enjoy your creative moments.
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