#6 Handicraft/ Life Skills Challenge


Here is the LINK so you can see all the post in my Handicraft/ Life Skills Challenge series.

Update: I know that sometimes we just can’t get to everything we want to and there are times you just don’t have all the supplies lying around so you have to take the time to go get what you need. For those reasons and a few others I  am going to run these Challenges for two – four weeks depending on the challenge. I will still post to my blog weekly in reference to handicraft and Life Skills. I will post reminders of the current challenge, new helpful links, our progress and if anyone sends me their progress through e-mails, pics, links to their post I will share them with you.

I wanted to share with you what I thought would be an interesting and possibly helpful artcle. It is the Wikipedia definition of Handicraft

Handicraft, also known as craft work or simply craft, is a type of work where useful and decorative devices are made completely by hand or using only simple tools. Usually the term is applied to traditional means of making goods. The individual artisanship of the items is a paramount criterion, such items often have cultural and/or religious significance. Items made by mass production or machines are not handicrafts.

Usually, what distinguishes the term handicraft from the frequently used category arts and crafts is a matter of intent: handicraft items are intended to be used, worn, etc, having a purpose beyond simple decoration. Handicrafts are generally considered more traditional work, created as a necessary part of daily life, while arts and crafts implies more of a hobby pursuit and a demonstration/perfection of a creative technique.

Here is a list of Handicraft ideas that was in the wikipedia article: List of handicraft trades

Handicrafts include:

I came across a great article and wonderful list of Handicfaft resources, I urge you to check it out.


This week’s challenge:

A “NO SEW” blanket.

Making your own winter fleece blanket will be a fun crafts project.






 (Picture is from the How Did I Do it site)

The challenge is to make two, one to keep and one to give away or at least just one to give away. This challenge will run 2 and possibly 3 weeks.

Here are many Images of No Sew Blankets ( I didn’t check all the images listed so always review before you show your children)

You can have each child make one or you could make it as a family, decide together who or what ministry it will be given to, pray over it as you make it, think about making a card to go with it for the person or ministry you will be giving it to, take a pic or two of your adventure, share your adventure with me and have FUN and be blessed while you make one (or two) and give it away.

You of course are not limited to one blanket you are welcome to make as many as you would like!!

Now you may ask yourself (since I’m not there to ask =) “what skill does a no sew blanket cover?” Well, there is math (What size will the blanket be, how many yards will we need, how much will it cost), planning, searching for and paying for the material, searching for a person or ministry to give a blanket to, praying, giving, working together, paying attention, following directions, cutting, measuring, making knots (lots of them), patience, perseverance and more. So I considered this as a handicraft and a life skill !!

How to make “No Sew” Blankets

How To Make A No Sew Fleece Blanket 
This LINK has a different set of instructions
Kwik and Easy Blanket
How to make a No-Sew Blanket @ e-How
How To Video on YouTube


Who or what do I give my blanket to?

Project Linus is one ministry you could consider giving your blanket to.

Project Linus is a non-profit organization with a two-fold mission.

First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.–quote from their website

Here is a website with a map of the USA that will help you find Homeless Shelters in your area
A Shut -In
A sick person (at home or in the hospital)
A Senior Citizen in need
To a family that is having financial problems, or has lost their home because of a fire, etc
*If you have any ideas on who or what  people can give them blankets to please share them in the comment section*


This doesn’t have anything to do with blankets but in the spirit of giving I would ask that you prayerfully consider giving towards relief in Haiti and Samaritan’s Purse is a wonderful ministry to consider!!

Please share any of your families adventures with Handicraft/ Life skills  in the McLinky, Comment section and or By sending me an e-mail  theonethingps274@att.net
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tricia says:

    The no sew blanket looks like such a fun challenge too! Here’s ours from last week. Thanks again for prompting us ~ the hodgepodge

    1. Angie says:

      Thanks so much for sharing your families adventures in life skills!! =)

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