Could you lend me a hand?


My 17 year old nephew will travel this summer to China to work in three orphanages. I thought it would be special for him to have gifts to distribute to the children. I believe this simple gesture can bring joy to these little ones and share kindness and maybe offer hope.

I talked with Hope’s Heart, the organization he is going with and they said they could use 200 small security blankets. I was totally inspired by what Carol did for the orphans with Made for China. I am also amazed at all of the skirts Randi was able to collect for Sewing Seeds. This was all made possible by your generosity and big hearts. So, if you could spare just a little more time and fabric I would truly appreciate help making these blankets.

They need to be about 12″ X 12″ in size and made from something soft or silky to bring comfort to the children. Carol has a tutorial on how she made her Linus blankets.

I took two pieces of fabric 12 1/2″ X 12 1/2″ in size, one a flannel and one a ‘minky’ type fabric.


With right sides together I sewed around the edge with a 1/4 inch seam leaving about a 3″ opening.


Turn right side out and then top stitch around the edge—making sure to close the opening.


These little blankets can be made as simply as the one above or could have a ruffle, small tags sticking out from the edges to provide tactile stimulation or bound with bias tape or satin blanket binding. These blankets can be made from scraps sewn together.


I was lucky enough to have my friend’s daughter help me sew blankets today. She made the darling patchwork one above and helped with the others. She is so very sweet and talented!


If you are able to help with this project please leave a comment and I will send you the mailing address and more details. Please consider mentioning this project to your friends or even linking to this post on your blog. Blankets will need to be mailed by the end of June.


By the way if you check out the website for Hope’s Heart you will see that there are many things we can do. Lillie is my niece (sister of my nephew that is going this summer).


122 Responses to “Could you lend me a hand?”

  1. southerngirlmusings Says:

    I would love to help. My daughter had some health issues when she was little and she received 2 Project Linus blankets while in the hospital and even though she is almost 5, they are still her favorite blankets to play with and her brother enjoys thems as well…what a wonderful way for us to give back to others that have blessed us. I look forward to your email.

  2. nyjlm Says:

    I would love to help!

  3. nyjlm Says:

    just thought of this- you could ask them to post your request at whipup.

  4. jennifer w. Says:

    I’d love to make one!!

  5. Bre Says:

    I would love to help you out!

  6. Susan Says:

    You can plan on three from my house. This will be a great project for my kids!!

  7. Joyce Says:

    I would love to make some of these. Please email me the mailing address they need to be sent to. Thanks.

  8. Stephanie Says:

    I love this idea since I am also in the process of adopting from China (you can see my adoption blog here When do you need these blankets by? My mother has a sewing machine and I am sure that she would be happy to do this for you. She is currently on vacation and will be back a week from today, so would probably be able to sew up a few in mid-June. I am more of a knitter, so would it be OK to knit a colorful blanket? I have some wonderful brightly colored yarn that I was going to use to make for my own soon to be adopted daughter, but I just haven’t been inspired lately to do it. It would be good for me to make it for another baby still waiting. Please e-mail me at with the details.

    I will mention this post on both my craft blog and adoption blog. Thanks for organizing this!

  9. Randi Says:

    Hi Cindy,

    I will be helping you with some blankets, for sure! I have lots of flannel and fleece that would be nice for this. I am hoping that you get tons of little blankies for the kids!

  10. Jennifer Says:

    I will make at least three. Thank you for the post.

  11. Michelle Says:

    Cindy, I’d be happy to help out. Can they be knit or crocheted as well, or do you just want them out of fabric? I’m betting you’ll get a *lot* more than 200!

  12. Scott Says:

    What a great idea! I definitely want to make at least one, if not more… What a wonderfully concrete way to make/do/create something that will directly touch/benefit someone.

  13. Brandi. Says:

    I’ll be happy to make one.

  14. JailDiet Says:

    I read this and immediately started making some little blankets. I plan to have at least three for you. E-mail me the info at:

    What a fantastic way to give back to children.

  15. Mariss Says:

    Hi! I would love to help. Some of my favorite people are adopted! What a great thing your nephew is doing. Let me know when and where to send it! Thanks.

  16. chibi Says:

    just 12″ X 12″?

  17. brittany Says:


    I love this idea, its amazing that you are undertaking a project like this. I would love to help, anything i could do to help out these children!


  18. robyn Says:

    i’m also interested if you would like some that are knitted/ crocheted. feel free to e-mail me if you’d like some made that way as well, as i can make three or so, if all they have to be is 12″ by 12″ (which seems super small to me, too).

  19. Sairey Gamp Says:

    I am just getting into sewing again after a hiaitus of several years. Put me down for two.

  20. Barbara Says:

    I’m in… this is a great idea.

  21. Courtney Says:

    My mom and I are working on the blankets at home- I love helping you- and thanks for having me!

  22. Heather Says:

    Hi, I think this is a great idea~ I hope to get some done for you, and maybe tell some friends. Could you please send me the mailing address? Thanks! Good luck!

  23. Joanne J. Says:

    I’ll do five – one “from” each of my grandchildren. We’re trying very hard to teach them values and the importance of making right choices, and I think this would be a great way to show how to serve others with even the smallest of things. Thanks for opening up the opportunity for us to participate in this small way! Jo

  24. Maya Says:

    Hello! I would love to make some! Please send me mailing info:

  25. Nicole Says:

    I would love to help. Please send the mailing information.

  26. Merry Says:

    I can help! I think I have materials on hand to make at least two. Please send me the mailing info.

  27. Lynnski Says:

    I’d love to help. Please send me any necessary information.
    Thank You!!!

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  29. Marlo M Says:

    Found your post through Craft: magazine. I’ve been in the sewing mood lately, so finding this post is timely! Please send me the mailing information and I’ll make as many as I can in the next couple of weeks.

  30. mortimersmom Says:

    I am the very proud mama of two daughters from china and I have a sewing room FULL of perfect fabrics, so please send me your mailing address and I will happily sew up a few blankets!

  31. Stephanie Says:

    I would love to help out as well!

  32. Bip Says:

    I saw this on the craftzine blog, and I’d love to help!

  33. Sarah Says:

    I’d like to do this with my daughter.

  34. Pat Says:

    Please send more info on making these “blankets”

  35. Biddy Says:

    oh i would love love love to help!

  36. Elena Murphy Says:

    Can you accept knitted blankets, if they are nice and soft? I’m more of a knitter than a sewer, and I could have one or two done by your deadline.

    Let me know. Thanks!

  37. michelle Says:

    I would also love to help. Please let me know where to send the blankets to, I will try to have a few for you.

  38. Kate Says:

    I would like to be a part of this. I could make 3-4 if they are still needed. i’ll get working on them.

  39. Esther Says:

    I would love to do this please let me know where I can send the blankets.

  40. Scrapcatb Says:

    I would also love to join in! And what a great use for some of my leftover fabrics! Please let me know where I can send the blankets!

  41. Wendy Says:

    I would love to make a few of these. My kids just got out of school for the summer and I would love to make these with them.

  42. Frances Says:

    The babes may come as early as next week, but I’ve been able to spend a good amount time at my machine (heheh in my land of denial!) – if you send me the address I’ll do my best to send one out before the drama starts!

  43. Shauna Hostetler Says:

    I will be happy to make a few blankets and/or donate supplies. Whatever you need the most.

  44. Shawnty Says:

    I’m good for at least 2 – more if you need them.

  45. Jerri Says:

    Count me in!

  46. Vicki Says:

    I would love to donate something. Please send the address. 🙂

  47. Cherlon Says:

    I would love to help.

  48. Bobbi Roth Says:

    I am the proud mom of three adopted children from China. I would love to help with this. Please send me an address. Thank you for doing this to help so many deserving children. It is such a small item but will bring so much happiness to so many children!

  49. Cathy T Says:

    I would love to help out. Please email me with the address and the date you would like to receive them by. I will make at least three (one by each of my kids and myself!).

  50. Martha Says:

    I would love to sew two blankets. What is your stand on knit ones? Like others I could knit have knit ones ready by the end of june. Also, is 12×12 really the size?

  51. Irish Girl Says:

    Would love to help! Please send the address.

    Also, your site is such an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing your talent with the internet.

  52. laeroport Says:

    Count me in! Maybe I could hand deliver mine.

  53. Carla Says:


    I love to sew, and I’d love to make a few blankets. Please send me the mailing address, and due date for the blankets. What an awesome thing. I love to participate in projects where everyone wins!

  54. April Says:

    Hi, if it’s not too late I would like to help as well. I love sewing and have made baby blankets in the past. If I can help just let me know where an dwhen to send and how big.

  55. Jennifer Conte Says:

    Count me in! Did you mention when you need them by?

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  57. Nikki Says:

    I’d love to help with the blanket project. My girls got a sewing machine for their birthdays (14 and 15) so I’ll get them to make one each as well. That’s 3 for us total. I’ll tell all my friends, too. Please send mailing details, and keep up the GOOD work!


  58. Evelyn Lum Says:

    Yes, I would like to do my part. If the sizes required is approx. 12″ x 12″, I believe I could put some together in no time at all. Fabrics? I have tons.
    I will start on it tonight. Please tell me where to send them to.

  59. Cori Says:

    I don’t sew but I do love to knit and could whip out a few of these if knit ones would be acceptable. Please let me know, I’m eager to help!

  60. char Says:

    I am terrible at sewing I don’t know how to. Could I buy a blanket.? THATS what I did for randi’s skirts. Maybe I could try to sew it could you please give me all of the details Thanks, Char

  61. mommyzabs Says:

    I would love too, what is the deadline, looks like i need to get the machine serviced! 🙂 Please send info to my email. I will also link to you.

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  63. Jessi Says:

    I’d love to help – please send me the info!

  64. Anonymous Says:

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  65. Jenny Says:

    I would love to help too! Please send me the deadline and mailing info.

  66. Tonya Says:

    Please, please, please let me know what I need to do to help. My husband and I are in the process of adopting our first child from China and I cannot think of a better way to spend the wait.

  67. Bean Paulson Says:

    I’d love to send a couple, as well! What a fabulous idea 🙂

  68. Anonymous Says:

    We would love to participate! Is 12″x12″ the correct size…it seems small?? Also, is knitting or crocheting acceptable? Please let me know these answers, as well as the mailing address.

  69. meg Says:

    Well, sure! Please let me know where to send them. Will these all be for girls?

  70. Carrie Says:

    Count me in! I can do three. Let me know where to send them.

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  72. Crystal Says:

    I’ll send 2, one for each of my granddaughters! Thanks for sharing the project with us and for collecting all the blankets. I’m looking forward to seeing a picture before they go to China!

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  74. jess Says:

    I would love to help too! Tell me where I can send them!

  75. Brandi Says:

    I see that they are 12 x 12. . .I have a couple of these already and a ton of regular size baby blankets, can they take those too?

  76. jen Says:

    I’d love to help with this. Please send me the mailing info.

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  78. artmomma Says:

    I would love to send you some snuggle blankets. Please send me the mailing address.

  79. Andrea Says:

    Please send me the mailing info – I’d love to sew a blanket or two.

  80. Viv Says:

    I would love to help if I can. I found you through “Make it Snappy” blog. My daughter was born in China.


  81. Solidia Says:

    I would love to help out. Please send me your address. I can whip up 5+ in a snap! 🙂

  82. Christine Says:

    I wish I had a sewing machine. I have no space to leave one set up and no space to store one, though. Methinks I’ll just have to make room. Your ideas (I’ve perused all of them!) are so do-able! I don’t feel like they are too difficult and yet they look very custom. I’ll be back…maybe with a machine someday!

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  84. Jenni Says:

    I have a bunch of flannel that I can use. I would love to help out. Please send me your address.

  85. Kristin Says:

    I have a ton of minkee I can give you. Interested?

  86. Melissa Says:

    I can send a few blankets. I have some flannels in mind already.

  87. Allison Says:

    Hello – I saw you on whipup! I’d love to make a blanket if there is still a need, I have a stash of flannel 🙂

  88. Amy Lear Says:

    I’d love to help!

  89. Tara Says:

    I’ve been needing to get sewing again, and I may adopt from China someday … sounds like the perfect project for me! Please do send the info, and count on me for a couple of blankets. Good luck!

  90. nancy Says:

    where do I send them?

  91. Michele Says:

    I would like to help. Please send me the info.

  92. Wendy Says:

    I would love to help, could you send me your info?

  93. Marishi3000 Says:

    I would like to make two blankets. Please send me the mailing information.

  94. Becky Says:

    Another person here from Whip Up! Also wanted to help and to get more info. 12 x 12″ really does seem small, is that correct? Also, what is the verdict on knitting or crocheting? I’ve got a small fabric stash but a huge yarn stash!

  95. Jennifer Says:

    Hi-My girls, age 6 & 4, woud each love to make a blanket. Can you please email me with the address of where we can send the blankets?


  96. Linda Says:

    I have eight blankets ready to go. Please send me the mailing information.
    Glad to help.

  97. Elizabeth Says:

    Thanks for the pie recipe. Yum! I like your teacher flowers also.:)

  98. Lauri Says:

    I would love to help out, and the fact that I’ve become obsessed with making little doll sized quilts doesn’t hurt…they need somewhere to go, and I can’t think of a better place!

  99. katrikoehle Says:

    Please send me info. on where I can send items. Our chruch ladies are looking for an activity and would love to send a few over.

  100. Anu Says:

    I’m going to try and make at least one. Please send me the address and deadline and any other details. thank you.

  101. jenna Says:

    I’m going to have my Activity Days girls do this. Thanks for a great idea.
    Where should I send them when they’re done? Love, Jenna.

  102. carter Says:

    I would love to make one or more, please send me the address and deadline – thanks!

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  104. Cris White Says:

    I would love to help. Please send me the info about when and where to send the blankets. Will your nephew be going on the mission trip in Jesus’ name? Cris White

  105. cac Says:

    I would love to help, plus I have easy access to cheap fabric. Please let me know how many more blankets you need and where to send!

  106. Dana Says:

    I’d love to help!

  107. cristina Says:

    I would love to help, I was adopted when I was ten years old and and I know it would had been nice to have a blanket ,it would an honor to help out.I took home etc. class so i know how to saw . Please let know how many blankets you need and where to send.
    May God bless you always.

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  111. katie Says:

    Hi there! I found your blog and this post via Michelle at Greetingarts. Do you still need more blankies? I would love to help out. Please let me know, and have a great week!

  112. Valerie Almquist Says:

    Just curious if there is any more need for blankets now that it is past summer and your niece has already made her trip. Thanks!

  113. Lisa Says:

    Please send us info on where to send blankets. Comfort Silkie creates a line of comfort products for babies including a wonderful security blanket. It is used in hospitals and orphanages. They would love to donate to children in China. Please let us know how we can help.

  114. Stephanie Bromley Says:

    I have a small group of gals that want to do these 12×12 blankets. Please send me info on where they will go. Also, I notice the month of July on one of the posts, so I hope it’s not too late. Stephanie from Utah

  115. Brittany Says:

    I found your blog through google When the idea popped into my head to donate a large number of blankets to an orphanage, or someplace that could use them.

    I would love to help. Could the blankets be made of a material like fleece?

  116. Tay Says:

    I would love to help.

  117. Tay Says:

    I just realized how long ago this post was… sorry!

  118. Raine Says:

    I was wondering if you could tell me how you made the satin ruffles?

  119. Sarah Says:

    Found your blog on Bing and was so glad i did. That was a excellent read. I have a small question.Is it alright if i send you an email???…

  120. Sarah Kang Says:

    So interested to find your blog. My daughter and I are heading to China in March to help at an orphanage for a week. I would love to know more about your trip and what kind of things you brought with you to donate!

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  122. Denise Stewart Says:

    I would love to help make these comfort blankets. Please send info of where to ship. Thank you. Denise

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