Nap Blankets is a project started for the first time in July, 2009. This project supports the “Equity Plus Schools” program in Forsyth County, providing hand-made blankets to pre-schoolers to use during the school year. At the end of the school year, the children get to keep their blanket as their own.
Nap Blanket Directions
- Using a child-appropriate fabric, press fabric and cut front and back pieces to the same size, approximately 36” x 42”. Front and/or back can be made of pieced fabrics. At this point, stitch a 4” x 6” (or slightly larger) piece of light colored fabric to the back piece on the right side of the lower right corner either with zigzag stitches or turning in edges and stitching. This can be added to the back after the quilt is completed.
- Lay front and back pieces together right sides facing each other. Pin all around the edge, leaving an opening on one side about the size of your hand for turning.
- Stitch all around the edge in 1⁄4” – 1⁄2 “seam, back stitching at beginning and end to secure stitches.
- Clip corners, turn to the right side and finger press around the edge, including opening. Press flat. Stitch all around the edge a little less than 1⁄4” from the edge.
- Stitch a few lines through all of the layers in a horizontal and vertical line or in thirds across the entire blanket. The edge stitching and the cross stitching will keep the blanket from balling up when washed and keeps it stronger. These blankets are washed each week for an entire school year and we want them strong enough to last the school year and beyond. The kids take them home at the end of the year.
Please note that we have a need for gender neutral nap blankets.
If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) .