If you can sew, you can support My Very Own Blanket by creating material blankets or quilts.
Material blankets are sewn from cotton, flannel, fleece and other materials appropriate for a child or youth. Pieced fabric blankets – both tied, like those above, and quilted – are the most common type of material blanket we receive, but sometimes material blankets are made from a whole piece of fabric with the edges finished in various ways. Here are photos of some beautiful material blankets and quilts that we have received.
Our blankets are given to children and youth of all ages -- infants up to teenage youth. Approximate blanket dimensions: 36” x 36” (small), 40” x 50-60” (medium), 60” x 80” (large). These measurements are suggestions and can vary. All colors, themes and patterns appropriate for children & youth are acceptable. We do ask that you avoid themes related to violence or war (guns, knives, soldiers, etc.), drugs/alcohol, or logos/images related to causes (such as cancer ribbons). Blankets should not have any embellishments such as pockets, beads, zippers or buttons. All blankets should be machine washable and dryable.
Special tags – You can order our special tags on our website and we will ship them to you. You can attach them to the blankets, and they will be ready for you to donate to children in foster care in your area! It’s simple to do. Here’s how: Sign your first name with permanent marker on our special tag after the heart that says “Handmade by.” We encourage you to add a message to the child if you wish. This will show the child in foster care who receives your blanket that someone truly made this “just for them!”
To sew the tag on the blanket: The tags are sewn on the back of the blanket, near a corner, at least 3” from both edges. You can use a straight or zigzag stitch, sewing ¼ - ½” in from all four edges of the tag. You can use white thread or thread that coordinates with the blanket color.