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Wordless Preemie/Doll Afghans

The purpose of the Wordless Preemie/Doll Afghans is to share the gospel message in a fun, non-threatening way to children and their parents. I have given these as gifts, used them at church fundraisers, and various other occasions. I have never seen wordless afghans anywhere else, though some may make them that I am unaware of. They are based on the very well known wordless book. Some also make bracelets, which I believe are called power bands, using beads in the appropriate colors. We’ve done this for VBS many years.

As always, if you see an error in a pattern, please let me know.

These links go to PDF files.

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Front Post Long Stitch

 

About Wordless Afghans

The colors of the afghan are gold (heaven), black (sin), red (blood of Jesus), white (purity, cleansed from sin), blue (baptism), and green (growth). Some add purple (royalty) with the gold. I have not done so in the doll afghans simply because of size considerations. These colors can be adapted to many items. You could make strips for a full size afghan or make a scarf using these colors. I’ve done both.

A little poem has been written to be included with the blankies. It has been donated to the cause by the author, who chooses to remain anonymous. You are given permission to include the poem with your project.

Wordless Poem

I have a little blanket,
I love to hold it tight;
For hidden in its colored stripes
Is a great delight.

Each color holds a piece, you see,
Of a story dear and true;
And because I love it so,
I’m sharing it with you!

GOLD is for the precious gold
With which the streets are paved,
In Heaven above, where all will go,
If sure they have been saved.

But saved from what, you may well ask,
That too, my colors tell;
BLACK is for our stain of sin,
For which we merit Hell.

But with the next bright color comes
A message that brings joy.
RED, the blood of Christ, was shed,
For every girl and boy!

His blood will cover all our sins,
And wash us WHITE as snow;
If we will just have faith in Him,
And that, we all should know.

BLUE is for our baptism,
A sign of new belief,
To show to the entire world
We’re turning a new leaf.

Last of all, we come to GREEN,
The color of things growing,
As each of us shall grow in Christ,
His glory overflowing.

Now you know the gospel truth
My blanket’s here to share,
About the Christ who died for us,
Our sin and shame to bare.

And if you want to hear some more,
The story more complete,
Ask the one who shared with you
For telling it’s a treat!

The first stanza can be changed to be item specific.

Blanket:
I have a little blanket,
I love to hold it tight;
For hidden in its colored stripes
Is a great delight.

Scarf:
Look at this--my favorite scarf,
It keeps my body warm,
And in its stripes (or squares) a message, too,
Will keep my soul from harm

Bracelet:
I have a little bracelet,
I keep it in my sight;
For hidden in its colored beads
Is a great delight.

In the past, before I had the poem, I attached a very short explanation of the colors. If you prefer, you can do something similar. Here are some examples:

GOLD represents the golden streets and glory of heaven, where we will spend eternity with Christ if we believe in Him. God wants everyone to goto heaven.
In the Bible it says: €”Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”€ Revelations 2:10

But we can€’t get to heaven because of our sin, represented by BLACK, which separates us from God.
In the Bible it says:€ “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.€” Romans 3:23

RED is for the Blood of Jesus shed on the cross for us.
In the Bible it says: “€...while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.€” Romans 5:8b

When we ask Jesus to forgive our sins and come into our hearts, our sins are washed away. We are WHITE as snow. In the Bible it says: “...the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7b

BLUE represents baptism, being immersed in water to show our “death” and “resurrection” in Christ. Baptism does not save you, but we do it to follow Jesus’€ example. In the Bible it says: “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.” Matthew 3:13 

GREEN is for all growing things. It represents growth as we study God’s Word and become mature Christians. We can grow in the Lord by reading our Bible, praying, and attending church services.
In the Bible it says: “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18a

Some people like to add PURPLE to their books. Purple represents royalty. Jesus is our Lord and King.

If space is a consideration, try something even shorter, leaving out the verses, which you can go over if the person asks for more information.

Gold

Glory of Heaven with Christ

Black

Sin separates us from God

Red

Blood of Jesus

White

Sin is washed away

Blue

We follow Jesus’ example in baptism

Green

Spiritual growth

You can cut these little squares, punch a hole in the top and attach with a piece of yarn to the afghan. You can also use different verses.

Gold

Glory of Heaven with Christ

Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelations 2:10

 

Black

Sin separates us from God

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 

 

Red

Blood of Jesus

...while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8b

 

White

Sin is washed away

...the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7b

 

Blue

We follow Jesus’ example in baptism

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. Matthew 3:13 

 

Green

Spiritual growth

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18a 

 

 

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