Every year we make and donate 45 Pre-K, nap-time coverlets to PAEC Migrant Education, Summer Day Care Program in Quincy, Florida. We also deliver 8 toddler coverlets and 8 crib quilts (or coverlets) each year. We are currently accepting blankets for the 2023 summer session with a 5/20/23 deadline.
You may request fabric kits from Sew for Hope, or you may use your own fabric.
*For those beginners among us:
WOF = width of fabric with selvedge edges cut off
*Finished size of Pre-K Nap-Time blankets should be approximately 50” x WOF. The fabric chosen should be appealing to children who are 3 to 4 years old.
*Finished size of Toddler blankets should be approximately 40″ x WOF.
*Blankets are made from one layer of novelty cotton and one layer of coordinating flannel. You may also use one layer of novelty flannel and one layer of coordinating cotton.
*Our goal is to have each blanket be different from the others, so the kiddos know which blanket is theirs in the classroom setting.
*Finished size of Crib coverlets is approximately 30” x WOF. The crib blankets may also be quilts (appox 30″ x 43″). They are actually a gift given to the babies. There is a nursery, but there’s a law regarding blankets for babies in Day Care which I cannot quote.
Launder fabric prior to making blankets. Flannel will shrink. Colors will run, especially red. Some people are sensitive to the sizing, or coating that’s on new fabric.
Kits supplied by Sew for Hope have been laundered.
Flannel width is usually less than cotton width. Remove your flannel selvedge edges, then cut your cotton fabric the same width. We do this so you’re not wasting a lot of your fabric edges and thus the reason why sizes are approximate.
For Pre-K coverlets cut both pieces of fabric 51” x WOF.
For Toddler coverlets cut the fabric 41” x WOF.
For Crib coverlets cut the fabric 31” x WOF.
Use a ½” seam allowance for ease of sewing.
With right sides of fabric together, stitch almost all the way around the four sides.
Back tack at the beginning and ending of your stitching.
Leave an unstitched opening just large enough to insert your hand.
Turn blanket right sides out.
Press edges, then stitch the opening closed.
Top stitch around the entire blanket approximately 3/4” from edge.
Deliver your blanket to Sew for Hope Kids to receive much appreciation and admiration.