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Quilts for Foster Children

Children often come into foster care with very few possessions.  A quilt represents "comfort and safety".  

Donations of new handmade quilts are needed for approximately 900 foster children this year to be provided at Christmas time.  

The quilts are needed by mid-November, 2011.

The youth range in age from birth to 18 years old.  

The GREATEST NEED is for quilts for older youth or TEENS.

Quilts must be designed with child safety in mind - washable with no attachments, which could come off and cause a choking hazard.  

The most important thing to keep in mind is that these quilts are washed frequently, and some are given to infants and small children.

Guidelines include:


  • Use your favorite patchwork or appliqué pattern, or use pre-printed panels or fabric.  

  • If you are using markers or fabric paints, make sure they are indelible and non-toxic.  

  • Do not use "puff" paints as it can be picked off and swallowed.


  • Crib size (45" x 60") for babies

  • twin bed size (65" x 85") for youth and teens is suggested

  • any appropriate quilt donation of any size will be gratefully accepted!


  • Pre-washed (to ensure wash ability).  If necessary, please pre-wash materials and check for stains.  

  • Sheets make good backing.

  • WASH FINISHED quilts for presentation.  


  • Bonded polyester (light or medium weight)

  • Bonded cotton (light or medium weight)

  • Clean, used blankets make good substitutes for batting.


  • Please make sure that you use 1/4" seam allowance for all piecing.  

  • If you are using appliqué, please stitch the pieces down, either by hand or machine.  

  • Heat bonded fabric will eventually come off the face of the quilt unless it is also stitched.  


  • Quilt by hand or machine

  • Tie, making double square knots every 3 to 4 inches.

Finished Edges:  

  • Bind

  • Serge

  • Envelope Method (this must be done before quilted or tied).  Sew right sides of fabric together with batting on the bottom; sew around the edges, leaving an 8" opening for turning right side out.  After turning right side out, sew the opening together and top stitch around the outside 1 to 2 inches from the edge.


  • Please DO NOT embellish with buttons, beads or anything else.  

When finished, ask yourself:

  • Is this quilt "baby ready"?  

  • Is it safe? 

  • Please check carefully, looking for any stray pins.  

  • Is it secure?  Are all the pieces sewn down?  Are there any gaps in the seams? 

  • Is it quilted or tied enough?  

  • Is it clean?

Please include the following information with your donation:

  • Name

  • Organization (if applicable)

  • Full Address

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Please indicate who you consider the quilt most appropriate for:  Baby, Young Child, Teen, Girl, Boy, Either.

If you wish, you can leave donated quilts at either of Charlotte's stores in Newton or phone Toni Harryman at El Dorado SRS for instructions:  316-321-4200 ext. 239

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) South Central Region, in partnership with Saint Francis Community Services, and TFI Family Services, Inc. are requesting donations of new handmade quilts, blankets, fleece blankets, and afghans. 

The Warm Embrace Project provides these items to Kansas children in foster care and those awaiting adoption. 

This is the fourth year for this project, formerly known as the Christmas Quilt Project. 

Quilt makers, community organizations, churches, senior groups, and other interested parties are invited to help.

All Warm Embrace items should be new. 
To participate or for more information
email toni.harryman at srs.ks.gov, contact your local service center or call 1-888-369-4777.











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