This is an ongoing project. Thanks to the amazing efforts of crafters and donors, to date we have received 38 wonderful Little Hugs. Our first batch have been sent to Yorkhill Hospital today
Photographs of our Little Hugs can be found on our Woolly Hugs website and on our Facebook page, MNWoollyHugs.
The basic aim is to provide little blankets and quilts that give comfort to babies and small children who are seriously ill in hospital.
This is the continuation of Phase 1 of the project. We are developing contacts for future phases.
How you can get involved:
You can help by either making a complete Little Hug Or By making 6" squares using Stylecraft Special DK yarn or Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, Rowan Cashsoft DK and Sublime Extra Fine Merino wool DK
For all of the Little Hugs:
Minimum size: 18 inches by 18 inches For example, that's 3x3 6 inch squares with a small edge. If you would like to make a blanket or quilt that is bigger, that would be lovely too.
Colours: Your choice! We'd like to be able to provide a range of Little Hugs suitable for boys and girls. If you would like to make something specifically for a boy or girl, that would also be lovely.
Things to avoid: Buttons Sequins and beads Any embellishments that could scratch delicate skin or could be swallowed. If using applique, it needs to be firmly stitched on with no hard edges.
Materials and ideas: Woolly Blankets: Suggested yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, a soft, non-scratchy acrylic that is a very reasonable £1.60 - £2 for 100g ball. Pure cotton DK If you would like to make a whole blanket, you could use a different weight yarn and a yarn other than those above. The essential thing is that it needs to be soft against sensitive and delicate skin and that it can be machine washed. Ideas: Blankets could be made from squares stitched or hooked together Granny stripes or ripples They could be made in one piece or in blocks, as well as squares
Quilts and stitched blankets: Pure cotton and good quality fleece. The cotton can be from recycled sources. We suggest that you wash both separately before sewing to allow for any difference in shrinkage. Ideas: Traditional style quilts, from simple square designs to more complex patterns Cotton edged fleeces, with or without appliqué Quilt and fleece combination: quilted front with a fleece back
Donors: If you would like to contribute towards materials, you can either donate via Paypal here on our Woolly Hugs website with a message letting us know which project you are donating to. If you do not have Paypal, please PM RatherBeOnThePiste as we have other ways that you can donate. Without our donors, our projects really wouldn't happen. You are as vital to them as the crafters and materials. Bless you.
If you would like to take part in this project but feel you can't due to the costs involved, please PM Pistey and we'll try to help with materials.