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Topic: Make for a Charity Unswap Craftalong Round 1 (Through March 15, 2009)  (Read 21031 times)
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« on: January 15, 2009 05:24:52 AM »

Over on the Crafting for Good and not Evil board, we've been discussing an ongoing Craftster initiative to craft for charities.  We're starting, and here is the first charity that we want to be the beneficiary of Craftster generosity.  http://www.preciousawakening.org/ was started by Craftster member sweetnightmare to help parents grieving the loss of premature babies.  sweetnightmare creates memory boxes for the parents, and also includes blankets, hats and clothing for micro-preemies.  Our crafting window is through March 15 (although if this touches your heart, please feel free to continue crafting after that).  After March 15, we'll select our next recipient (suggestions welcome here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276297.0)

I asked sweetnightmare to talk a little bit about what Craftster members can do to help her out, and this is her response.

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There is a lot of stuff that can be made..

Crocheted, Knitted, and Sewn items..
Small stuffed animals, Buntings, blankets, gowns, dresses, booties, hats, and bonnets.

Yarns should be soft.. My favorites are Caron simply soft, Bernat Berella 4, Bernat Softee, Bernat Satin, Lion Brand Baby Soft.. Use your judgement about the yarn you use. The colors should be pastels. White, baby pink, and baby blue are wanted the most but I also use pastel yellow, lilac, and minty green though not as much. I'm not picky about patterns so be as you want, but simple is usually best. I have used printed yarns but I save those of blankets instead of using them for clothing items.

When it comes to hats, I make them in all kinds of different sizes. I never check the gauge because every size can be used. The smallest hat I have made was only 2 1/2 inches and fit on my thumb. Very small hats and booties are in high demand since most people make larger sized items.

This chart is good for reference.. It's from another organization with a similar cause.. http://knitsforsanity.typepad.com/preemieproject/MeasurementsGuidewithCategoriesNEW.doc
The smallest blanket measurement they give is 15X15" but I would go as small as 10X10" using two strands of fingering weight yarn, or one of baby yarn.

Memory boxes..
These are papier mache boxes medium, large, and x-large boxes are best. Though I have even used small ones because they come sold in the sets, the hospitals always appreciate them in any size. They should be painted using craft acrylic paint. The base color should painted at least two to three times before you begin painting on the design. After the design is done the box should be sprayed with glossy or matte finishing spray (I prefer glossy).

Please tell everyone that everything they make should be tasteful, keeping in mind that these items are going to grieving parents and will be cherished for many years. The handmade clothing may be used as burial clothing for babies that are too small to fit into regular sized baby or even preemie clothing.

 encourage everyone to attach a small note to each item with at least their first name. Optionals: They can add their last name or intial and state. They can also say they made it in memory of someone they love).
 
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"This was lovingly made for your child by Liana S. in NY
In memory (In Honor, In Memorium) of Alana S."

I usually make cards using card stock. It can be printed or neatly hand written in print. I punch a single hole in a corner and thread a piece of yarn/thread through the hole and then attach it to the item by threading the yarn/thread through a stitch or the fabric with a tapestry needle

When you are ready to ship, please PM me for the address.

Please consider joining us to help a very good cause. 

« Last Edit: January 16, 2009 05:16:51 AM by elvissatx » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009 05:25:38 AM »

Original thread about Precious Awakenings.  Please read to get a better idea of why this is an important group to care for.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=253012.0

General sizing information:  http://knitsforsanity.typepad.com/preemieproject/MeasurementsGuidewithCategoriesNEW.doc

Sizing info for blankets http://www.bridgingpeople.org/default/patterns-blankets.htm

Pattern ideas (thanks, sweetnightmare!)
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/preemies.html
http://www.carewear.org/index.cfm?pid=patterns/_patterns.cfm
http://www.angelfire.com/va3/heartfeltangels/Patterns.html
http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/BK4K-0603004.html
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/cja-preemie.html
http://danettesangels.tripod.com/patterns/index.html
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/5183/preemie.htm
http://www.knittinghelp.com/patterns/free-knitting-patterns-preemie-clothes
http://www.p2designs.com/Links-CharityPatterns.htm

Sewing patterns
http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/gownbonnet.html
http://www.carewear.org/patterns/sew/images/kimono.pdf
http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/my_pages/babywear/sewing/003.shtml
http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/hankie.html
http://www.thepreemieproject.com/docs/patterns/Teddy_Bear_Pattern.pdf (a miniature teddy bear stuffie)
http://www.bridgingpeople.org/default/Patterns-PremieGowns.htm (sewn burial gowns in multiple sizes - very sweet)
http://www.bridgingpeople.org/default/patterns-locks-of-hair-bags.htm
http://www.bridgingpeople.org/default/patterns-premieinfantwrap.htm
http://www.newbornsinneed.org/html/sewing_patterns.html
http://www.threadsoflove.org/default.asp?id=48

Memory bracelets for the jewelry makers
http://www.thepreemieproject.com/docs/patterns/TPP_Bracelets.pdf
http://www.newbornsinneed.org/html/keepsake_bracelet.html

A long list of patterns, mostly knit and crochet, I think
http://www.haincraftforum.org/index.php?showforum=217




« Last Edit: January 23, 2009 06:05:53 AM by elvissatx » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009 08:37:26 PM »

I have a dumb question, are the things like blankets and hats for the babies that have passed away or for the preemies?
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2009 05:12:12 AM »

What Precious Awakenings donations are used for are parents that have lost a baby.  Many people who lose a baby still spend time with it, and clothes and hats are used for that.  After that, the garments may be taken home to help remember the baby, or used as burial clothes.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2009 11:46:22 AM »

I will start making stuff tomorrow!  I have some great yarn that has been sitting around waiting to be used up.

YAY!  Thanks for moving forward with this!
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2009 12:32:05 PM »

And I'm planning on making some tiny quilts.  They're 2 projects down the pipeline, I think.

And I'm also wondering about making some little books where the parents can write their memories and feelings and put them in their boxes.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2009 03:00:46 PM »

I think this is a tremendously cool idea overall Smiley I have a bunch of pink that needs to get used up & a new book or pretty borders to crochet....
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2009 02:23:27 AM »

This is a great idea! I'm definitely going to try making something for this.
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2009 04:23:28 AM »

Hooray!  I'm glad to see some people joining us!

When you've made stuff, please post some pictures and PM me for shipping info!

Later on today, I'll update the resources with pattern ideas.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2009 06:06:54 AM »

I am going to make some memory boxes.  As soon as I get to the store to get some paper mache boxes.  This charity is a wonderful cause.  One of my friend had a stillborn child last year. It is so hard.  And every little kind thing someone can do for you helps you make it through.
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