Knitting, Crocheting and Sewing Projects

If you can knit, crochet or sew, there are lots of organisations which will appreciate your efforts.  Different branches create for different projects and so it is difficult to identify them all but, if you can make it, somebody will want it.

These are items which we know to be required in July 2022.  I've added links to patterns where possible

Prayer shawls are required for indoor members.

 

Teddies are required for refugees, prisons, and numerous overseas organisations.

Bonding Squares
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George Eliot Hospital SCBU recently put a call out for bonding squares.  They now have sufficient but other hospitals may want them.  Bonding squares are in pairs. One square is placed with a premature baby and another is worn against the mum's skin, then the squares are swapped round every 12 hours or every time mum visits.


Many Neonatal Units are now using them. They help with the bonding of a premature baby in an incubator and the baby’s mum. The baby can smell mum’s scent even when she isn't there or wasn’t able to get him out of his incubator, and then when she goes home she can still smell the baby’s scent on the square, which is a big comfort.


Not only this, but many mums find that it really helps with expressing breast milk. Keeping the scent of the baby close by triggers the hormones needed to produce and express milk, which is very important as breastfeeding can be difficult for mothers with premature babies.

Prayer Squares
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Wendy from Hartshill MU sent me this photo from St Asaph Cathedral, with the idea that we could do something similar.

 

I have a poster and a pattern.

If you have any surplus bonding squares, you could use these too.

Below are a few patterns for knitted items which have been requested in the past.  Click on the picture for a link to the knitting pattern. 

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I've included 2 versions of the fingerless glove pattern

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Original version

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Revised version. This pattern has a different method for knitting the palm after doing the thumb. Instead of dividing the palm into front and back and knitting each side separately, after doing the thumb, you can knit straight across, avoiding the need to do more sewing up,

Items with a Mothers' Union label have to conform to Health and Safety regulations.  For example, All handmade toys made and distributed by Mothers’ Union need to carry a CE mark to show that the essential safety requirements of the Toy Safety Directive are being met. Using the knitting patterns and instructions given on the Craft page of the Worldwide Mothers' Union website will ensure that our handmade toys meet these high safety standards and can have a CE label attached.