Every year, our family usually chooses some kind of service project to do at Christmas time. This year, since we have changed churches, some of the opportunities we usually do were no longer as readily available. So, we chose one from the new church we have been attending. It was very different because they wanted each child–well over 100–to receive the same 4 items. They asked everyone to get a pillow, pillowcase, blanket and some socks. They told us what age and size the child was and if it was a boy or girl. We chose an 11-year-old girl, because that is Patsy’s age and we thought it would be fun to help out someone the same age as she is.
We were able to easily find the socks and pillow at a Walmart near the church last Sunday. The blanket was made and tied from fleece I had on hand from a JoAnn’s sale a while back. I am happy to report that I am now out of plain-colored fleece. There is still lots of printed choices in my stash. The kids voted that a hand-made blanket would be better than buying one. They love theirs that they have made or received as gifts. I totally agreed with them. I love it when they can participate in the giving somehow. I also love giving hand-made items. It makes it more personal, to me.
Today, I was able to sew the pillowcase. I was able to use up 2 left-over pieces of fabric from other projects, as well as some lace I had on hand. I was able to find pretty, pastel colors and we hope the little girl that receives them will enjoy having them as much as we enjoyed making them.