The Caps are coming in! I've added a Cap Counter in the right column, which will keep a running total of the hats I've received. I've been so moved by these packages - from all over the world, from grandmothers to mamas, mamas to be and fathers, and children alike. Thank you all for the beautiful work you're doing, and for sending along those Caps!
Many of you have asked 'what else' you can make to contribute to this project. After some talk with the folks at Konbit Sante about the most pressing needs for birthing women and newborn babies, I've decided to add receiving blankets to this phase of the project. So if making a blanket appeals to you in addition to or in place of a cap, please read on for some specifics.
Requirements for the Receiving Blanket:
- The blanket should measure between 34 and 36" square. This size allows for proper swaddling, while also being large enough to provide a bit of warmth and coverage as the baby grows.
- Keep in mind that the blanket will be touching the gentlest of newborn skin, so keep the fibers to natural materials, please. Suitable fabrics include: flannel,100% cotton, terry, etc.
- In keeping with the spirit of the project, please try to use repurposed fabrics if they are available to you (bedsheets, flannel shirts, clothing, etc in good condition), or fabrics you have on hand.
- While two layers is appropriate, these are meant to be lightweight receiving blankets and not quilts. Please do not add batting or filler to your blanket.
- In the interest of keeping the spirit of the project through the whole process - creating with intent - only newly-made blankets should be submitted. If you have a pile of receiving blankets you no longer need, perhaps they could be cut and pieced together to create something new!
Cut your two pieces of fabric to 36" square. Place right sides together and pin around the edges. Beginning in the middle of one side, stitch around all four sides, stopping 4" before you come to your starting point (leaving an opening). Trim corners and seam as necessary. Turn blanket right side out through the 4" opening. Use your fingertips to push out the corners. Press blanket. Topstitch close to the edge of blanket, around entire four sides. This will 'close' the opening you left and 'finish' your blanket.
The blankets provide a lot of room for creativity and interpretation in the making. You can stick right to the instructions and make a simple two sided cotton blanket. Or...feel free to piece a side, add embroidery, add decorative stitching or whatever else you would like to do to make a beautiful and functional blanket that will be given to a Mama and baby upon birth!
The deadline for the blankets remains the same as the Caps - December 10th. The address again:
Mama to Mama
PO Box 8190
Portland, ME 04104
Thank you!! And if you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer them in the comments here.