Quilts for Foster Children
Children often come into foster
care with very few possessions. A quilt represents "comfort
Donations of new handmade quilts
are needed for approximately 900 foster children this year to be
provided at Christmas time.
The quilts are needed by mid-November,
The youth range in age from birth
to 18 years old.
The GREATEST NEED is for
quilts for older youth or TEENS.
Quilts must be designed with
child safety in mind - washable with no attachments, which could come
off and cause a choking hazard.
The most important thing to keep
in mind is that these quilts are washed frequently, and some are given
to infants and small children.
Use your favorite patchwork
or appliqué pattern, or use pre-printed panels or
If you are using markers or
fabric paints, make sure they are indelible and
Do not use "puff"
paints as it can be picked off and swallowed.
Crib size (45" x
60") for babies
twin bed size (65" x
85") for youth and teens is suggested
any appropriate quilt
donation of any size will be gratefully accepted!
Pre-washed (to ensure wash ability).
If necessary, please pre-wash materials and check for
Sheets make good backing.
WASH FINISHED quilts for
Bonded polyester (light or
Bonded cotton (light or
Clean, used blankets make
good substitutes for batting.
Please make sure that you use
1/4" seam allowance for all piecing.
If you are using appliqué,
please stitch the pieces down, either by hand or
Heat bonded fabric will
eventually come off the face of the quilt unless it is also
Envelope Method (this must be
done before quilted or tied). Sew right sides of fabric
together with batting on the bottom; sew around the edges, leaving
an 8" opening for turning right side out. After turning
right side out, sew the opening together and top stitch around the
outside 1 to 2 inches from the edge.
When finished, ask
Is this quilt "baby
Is it safe?
Please check carefully,
looking for any stray pins.
Is it secure? Are all
the pieces sewn down? Are there any gaps in the seams?
Is it quilted or tied
Is it clean?
Please include the following
information with your donation:
Organization (if applicable)
Please indicate who you
consider the quilt most appropriate for: Baby, Young Child,
Teen, Girl, Boy, Either.
If you wish, you can leave
donated quilts at either of Charlotte's stores in Newton or phone Toni
Harryman at El Dorado SRS for instructions: 316-321-4200
The Kansas Department of Social and
Rehabilitation Services (SRS) South Central Region, in partnership with
Saint Francis Community Services, and TFI Family
Services, Inc. are requesting donations of new handmade quilts,
blankets, fleece blankets, and afghans.
The Warm Embrace Project provides these items to Kansas children in foster care and those awaiting adoption.
This is the fourth year for this project, formerly known as the Christmas Quilt Project.
Quilt makers, community organizations, churches, senior groups, and other
interested parties are invited to help.
All Warm Embrace items should be new.
To participate or for more information
email toni.harryman at srs.ks.gov, contact your local service center or call 1-888-369-4777.