Friday, March 11, 2011

Sewing Service Projects

My George was a heart baby.  At three weeks old they discovered that he had a congenital heart defect and needed emergency open heart surgery.  Needless to say, it was an extremely scary time in our lives.  We are blessed to live by a hospital with phenomenal doctors, and George's surgery was successful.  He will grow up and live a normal life like all the other boys and girls his age.  He is my miracle child.

Having had a heart baby, I've been on the receiving end of generosity of friends and strangers, and I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for any baby who has to go through heart surgery.  Cherie of Sew and So Quilts sent me a link about a little baby girl, Josie Mae, who is 2 1/2 years old, and will be going in soon for her 3rd open heart surgery.  Cherie is asking for help in making Josie Mae some kimonos to wear post-op.  With all the tubes and bandages on her chest, kimonos are the perfect shirt to wear after surgery.  (I wish I did more sewing when George had his surgery.  Kimonos would have been so helpful!)

If you need a kimono pattern, you can send an email to Amy at Habitual, and she will email you a PDF kimono pattern.  I emailed her and received my pattern in less than 24 hours.  The pattern looks simple and easy to follow.  Making a kimono is definitely on my weekend sewing list.

Cherie hasn't posted a mailing address yet, but I'm sure she will soon, so be sure to check her blog.  I'll post it here on MOM as soon as I get it.

My next weekend sewing project is making some blankets for Calling All Angels.  My friend Cheer at CheeriBABY, posted this video of Neal and Angie Guyman who lost their son two years ago.  Angie went into pre-term labor and their son Jayden passed away.  One of the things they were able to bring home from the hospital was a baby blanket.

When George was in the hospital, he received a blanket every time he switched floors.  While it doesn't seem like much, I can tell you that those blankets made me feel loved and comforted, and I know that any family with a baby in the hospital will feel the same way when they receive a blanket from a loving stranger.

If you would like to help make a blanket or two for Calling All Angels, you can watch this video, and it will give you all the information you need.  The blankets need to be made of new material and placed in a ziploc bag.  They will be delivering the blankets to the hospital on May 30th.  You can mail the blankets to:

Neal and Angie
P.O. Box 5963
Fullerton, CA 92838-5963

Sew, if you didn't have any weekend sewing plans, maybe I've helped you with some ideas!  Have a great weekend!


Annee said...

Thanks for the info Liz.

Angel said...

Oh thank you so much for blogging bout sweet Josie Mae too! You can find the mailing address over on my blog. Her Grandmother is just blown away by our support so far. I'm going to start a flickr group tomorrow so we can share photos of what we've made for Josie Mae and see how many are helping. I'll link that here when it's up. Thank you so much for your willingness to help. I know it will mean so much to her family that you know what they are going through.

Flori said...

What perfect timing. My sister's 3 mo. old is scheduled for heart surgery in a few weeks. I have already sent for the pattern and am excited to make some up!

Laura said...


Thanks for this information. I'm excited to join in on these projects.


Cherie said...

I just put two blankets in the mail :) Thanks, Liz, for letting us know about Calling All Angels!

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