a great online auction of handmades for the benefit of the community of Newtown, CT opened today and runs through the 18th – i donated a 2.5 yard cut of the now nearly impossible to find but super awesome Rashida Coleman-Hale Washi Tape fabric to the cause. the auction is being run on Facebook by From the Heart Auctions – go here to place your bid on my item!
i bought the fabric when i knew it was becoming scarce in stores, with the thought that I might either make a copycat washi dress to Rae’s, or sell it. I figure this is a much better use! check out and bid on all of the auction items right here. there’s some really great stuff up for bid!
meanwhile, back in December when my mind was still reeling from the news of the shooting and my hands were ready to DO something, i made a little blanket. while i figured Newtown was probably being flooded with blankets, stuffed animals, and other care items from people around the world, a charity i’ve always wanted to donate to but never had is Project Linus.
Project Linus accepts donations of handmade blankets for children in the hospital for whatever reason who need a little extra comfort. could just be a trip to the ER for stitches, could be a long term stay for something much scarier. blankets made with love are passed out by nurses to brighten up the sterile hospital environment and give the little patients something to snuggle under. it seemed appropriate for me to take a bit of my time to make something for a child in need, and it was very healing for me, too.
i sewed this simple blanket with a yard of Sarah Jane children at play cotton and some soft plaid flannel that i had thrifted. the construction is extremely easy, in fact a blanket similar to this was one of the first things i ever sewed (right sides together, sew leaving a gap, turn right side out, topstitch). i purposefully chose boy fabric, since i figured boys probably had fewer blankets to choose from – Sarah Jane is one of the few designers out there making super fantastic boy prints right now, and I loved the paper airplane imagery too – it seems cheery and hopeful to me. i added double topstitching and a little heart to the corner for a special touch.
there’s something about blankets, even simple ones, that always get me a little emotional. ever since i became a mom, i have this ultra strong feeling of wanting every child to feel loved and protected, and handmade blankets are this tangible way of wrapping a sick or hurting little one in love.
i drove to a local Project Linus drop site before Christmas with both kids in tow, and on the way there Em had tons of questions about the recipient – she thought we’d be going directly to a hospital and delivering it to a sick boy. she wanted to know his name and why he was sick, and no matter how much i tried to explain that the nurses would decide who needed it, that notion didn’t leave her head. but i guess i must’ve sewed with a certain type of little guy in mind, since i always sew with my recipient in mind, and i hope it has found its way to that little one (heck maybe it’s a girl that loves planes!) wherever they may be.
remember to check out the auction and give generously!