SUGGESTED LIGHTWEIGHT BLANKET DIRECTIONS
By Bonnie Wenberg, Quilter’s Round-Up, (541)676-8282
Small(up to 6 yrs) Medium (6 – 11 yrs) Large (12 to teens)
2 pieces of fabric 2 pieces of fabric 60” fabric –
1 ¼ yards each 1 ½ yards of each 1 3/8 yards each 2 pieces each
Finished Appx. 40 x 42 Finished Appx. 40 x 52 45” fabric –
Trim – 5 yards Trim – 5 ½ yards 4 pieces fabric 1 3/8 yard
2 fronts & 2 backs, sew together & then line up to size
Finished Appx. 60 x 50
Trim – 6 1/3 yardsds
Lightweight, preferably cotton. Because it breathes, doesn’t melt to skin like polyesters if burned,
does burn but can be put out by smothering flames. NO flannels, fleeces, etc. – too warm.
Haiti is humid & hot, tropical climate. No batting of any type. Use bright, happy fabric colors & prints.
for cutting accuracy.
& make sure fold is not distorted. The fold in half 2nd time & square on cutting mat. Trim off
uneven edges & salvages – make sure front and back cut to exact same size.
to 8” for turning so I don’t accidentally sew it shut!
Backstitch both ends of opening.
before you sew the blanket.
(I do the ¼” & then don’t have to worry about sewing opening shut with any ½” seams.)
place of trim.
Keep those blankets simple so can make a lot of them! Keep them pretty to add a tiny note of cheer into their misery.
BLANKET HUGS FOR HAITI’S ORPHANS
1 in 9 of Haiti’s current population are orphans after the devastating earthquake. Millions of precious
children needed love & comfort. A blanket gives a hug to a child. I’d love to rush over to Haiti and
open hundreds of orphanages. I don’t have the funds or connections to do this, but I can sew a blanket.
We can’t possibly make too many blankets.
My daughter Mindy is doing the International Rescue & Relief Major at Union College in Nebraska.
Groups of these students are going over to assist in relief work. All have EMT or paramedic training.
She went in mid February. I want to send tubs of blankets. That way we’ll know
they’re not sitting in a warehouse trying to clear customs. The director of her major has gotten
connections to send these direct to Haiti whether students are going or not.
How Can We Help?
1) Sew lightweight blankets. Haiti is hot & humid even at night.
2) Donate fabric for others to sew. I am sharply discounting fabric being bought for these blankets.
40% off fabric for them & 60% off clearance fabric.
3) Donate money to help pay for fabric & thread for others to sew them together.
4) Donate money for shipping the tubs to Haiti.
5) Come help at a swing bee, even if you don’t know how to sew you can help with pinning, turning,
6) Pray for these orphans. Pray for red tape being cut for all the volunteers & donations being poured
into Haiti by a caring world. Pray for the physical & emotional health of the thousands of volunteers
going to Haiti. This is tiring & emotionally devastating work. The risk of illness & injury is high.