Crafting Kindness: Patterns for Crocheting, Knitting, or Sewing a Buddy Blanket

A few weeks ago my 5-year-old daughter tripped in a parking lot and landed face first on uneven concrete. Initially, I noticed the obvious scrape marks on her face and her swollen lip. Little did I know that about 45 minutes later she would be vomiting, unable to stand and experiencing blurry vision. My daughter suffered a concussion as the result of her fall and ended up spending hours in the emergency room. She was eventually cleared once her symptoms began to subside.

Although this experience was absolutely terrifying for my daughter there was one moment in the midst of chaos that provided her with a small amount of relief. Once we walked through the emergency doors a very kind nurse showed my daughter a box of cuddly stuffed animals and encouraged her to choose one. Each stuffed animal was wrapped nicely in a small blanket with a quote attached (similar to the following), “We are sorry you are feeling blue and hope this buddy comforts you”.

My daughter did not hesitate to grab the most cuddly looking bunny from the box and quickly snuggled her tight and smiled despite her swollen lip, soiled clothes, and tear-stained cheeks. She continued to cuddle her pink bunny all throughout her stay. As her pain subsided and her fog started to lift, my daughter expressed to me how much she loved this bunny. I felt, and still feel, an insane amount of gratitude towards this wonderful soul who took the time to put together something so comforting for children who are feeling sick, or broken,  or down.

After speaking with a nurse at the hospital I learned that all different kinds of volunteers from the area take time to create these small blankets and donate them along with the stuffed animals. I asked if I would be able to donate something similar and she excitedly encouraged me to do so and said they are always accepting and grateful for any donations. I am a big believer in donating handmade and sharing your talents to help another person who might be struggling, so I went ahead and put together these super easy patterns. These patterns will allow you to create small blankets which can be used to wrap small stuffed animals. These are just very basic patterns, and all credit for this idea (of course!) goes to the beautiful person who created the small blanket with the pink bunny that comforted my daughter.

I encourage everyone to call your local hospital, ambulance companies, etc., and ask if they are currently accepting donations for stuffed animals or other comforting items for children who need to be seen. I called around and found a couple of additional locations accepting donations, and found a couple who are not and won’t actually accept donations for liability reasons. Always be sure to call beforehand to be on the safe side; I’d hate for anyone to spend time creating such kindness only to be turned away.

Knitted Blanket

Using size 7 needles ( I used circular needles) and worsted weight yarn.

Cast on 46

Rows 1-75, knit across, turn.

Bind off.

Crocheted Blanket

Using a size H hook and worsted weight yarn.

Ch 38

Row 1. hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, ch 1, turn (37)

Rows 2-27. Repeat row 1.

Row 28. hdc in each st across, finish off.

Sewn Blanket

Using cotton or fleece (I used cotton for one side and fleece for the other)

Cut two squares that are approximately 14″ by 14″. Place these squares together with the right sides facing each other and sew around the edges, leaving about a 2″ opening. Turn your square right side out and sew up the 2″ opening. Top stitch around the edges.

  

Easy peasy! If you decide to use one of these patterns to create some blankets for donations, I would love to hear about it!

And to the beautiful person who spent their own time and talents to create something so comforting for my daughter, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful for your kindness.

Shari

 

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