As mentioned in August we’ve started a monthly project which will focus on an item or items currently needed by some of the Rez programs. This will help those of you who like a definite item to work on and at the same time fulfill a current need on the Rez. If you’re more of a free lancer type, work on something from the needs list, but please keep in mind the season before sending anything. If it’s the middle of July don’t send heavy quilts or afghans or blanket sleepers, they won’t be used right away and storage space on the Rez is very minimal. There will be projects for sewers, knitters and crocheters and for those non-crafters suggestions of items to purchase. Many of you non-crafters helped us (Thanks Again!!) with the August school clothing project by purchasing clothing, underwear and socks. Unless you have a stash of fabric and notions and have the skill to sew, sometimes it’s more cost effective to purchase clothing at resale shops, store sales, and garage sales.
By all of us joining together and working on a project we can share our talents and ideas with each other, the more seasoned sewers can act as teachers for those who are less experienced and want to improve their skills and the “old timers” can learn fresh, new ideas from younger sewers. These projects don’t have to be expensive, repurpose good, used clothing into something new, ask friends for fabric or clothing that may be gathering dust in their closets or look in your own kids’ closets for outgrown items.
So this month’s project is called “Nightie Night” and focuses on anything that will keep kids warm at night. Many families on the Rez share a common bed, if they’re lucky enough to have one, others may sleep on a cold floor or sofa. Babies may sleep in a car seat, stroller, or the family bed, definitely not recommended because of the SIDs risk. None of the sleeping accommodations are conducive to a good sleep which we all know is important for learning, working, reducing stress etc. Houses are poorly insulated and many conserve their precious energy resources at night by turning down (or off) the heat source so they need heavy clothing and blankets to keep warm. Many children go to bed hungry so the energy stores aren’t there for the body to use for growth (children grow at night during sleep) and instead will use whatever is available to try and keep the body warm. I’m sure we’ve all woken up cold in the middle of the night (I have, my husband likes to conserve energy!) and reached for that extra blanket to pull over us, imagine what it’s like to have the only blanket you own nailed over a leaky window to help keep the drafts out.
Many children have never owned a pair of pajamas, they just wear the same clothes they’ve worn all day to bed and add whatever else they can find to help keep them warm(the layering effect). Socks, slippers and mittens keep the extremities warm, hats conserve heat that’s lost through the head and a warm quilt or afghan stuck between the covers adds extra insulation. Sleepsacks for babies are essential up to 12 months to help lessen the risk of SIDS and blanket sleepers are great for toddlers since they’re the ones most likely to kick off the covers.
We’ve put together a list of items to keep our kids warm while they slumber. Any of these items can be made or purchased.
- Warm Pj’s for ages 1-10 (sleepers, footed pj’s, etc.)
- Warm sleep sacks for babies up to 12 months
- Warm quilts and blankets
- mitts and hats
For Knitters and Crocheters
- Socks, slippers
- Warm blankets and afghans
We’ll be blogging about ideas and patterns in the next few weeks and welcome your ideas, photos, etc. of anything you make or purchase. FYI in October we’ll keep the “warm” theme going with outerwear, hats, mittens, boots, etc. .
Addresses are listed under the Where to Send tab. Items for children 0-5 years of age, send either to the Shining Start Program or Rosebud Baby Program. Items for children 6 years and older send to The Closet. Thanks from Sew For Kids.