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General Blanket Guidelines

Blankets are to be handmade, washable and made with new materials

Blankets created or stored in a smoking environment cannot be accepted under any circumstances

 

BLANKET SIZES

  • LARGER BLANKETS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED. Blankets can be square or rectangle. Each side of the blanket must measure
           36or longer.
  • The body of fleece blankets, not including the fringe. The body of the fleece blanket should also measure 36"  by 36".
  • Length of blanket must be in proportion to the width~ for example: 30" x  60" is too long and narrow. 
 

KNITTED OR CROCHETED BLANKETS

  • Use acrylic (washable) yarn, not wool, in child friendly colors. 
  • The pattern should not create large holes where fingers or medical equipment  could
            get tangled.
  • Remember to weave in at least a 4-inch tail of yarn when finishing.
 

TIED FLEECE BLANKETS

  • The hospitals and agencies request that the fleece blankets be SINGLE LAYER, NOT double
  • For each blanket, we suggested purchasing 1½ yards fleece.
  • Pattern of fleece should coordinate to the size of blanket. For example, a design with baby bottles 
           should be used for a smaller blanket.
  • Tie each piece of fringe on itself. DO NOT tie two pieces of fringe together. The knot should be in the
           middle of the fringe, not near the body of the blanket.
  • BLANKET MUST LAY FLAT BEFORE DONATING. Tying the fringe too tightly causes the blanket
          to curl under like a fitted sheet. 
  • DO NOT MAKE FLEECE BLANKETS USING THE “BUNNY EARS” METHOD -making a small slit
           in the fringe and pulling it through the hole. 
  • Read and carefully follow our instructions for making a fleece blanket which can be found on our
            website under the Pattern & Links Tab.
 

PENNY BLANKETS – crochet-edged fleece blankets

A new way to use fleece in making blankets is to create a Penny blanket. Small holes are made along each edge of a piece of fleece using a skip stitch blade (notched rotary cutter blade). The blanketeer then crochets an edge around the fleece resulting in a beautiful blanket which is much loved by the children. 

  • Pattern instructions for crocheted edges are available on our website under the Pattern & Links Tab.
  • Skip stitch blades cost $10 plus $2 for shipping. Call Penny at 847-521-0672 to order.
  • Prepared fleece is available through our fleece exchange at some chapter events.
 

QUILTS

  • Use only new cotton fabric
  • You can choose any quilt pattern as long as each side is longer than 36".
  • Batting must be attached in outer seams and either quilted or tied.  
  • Please use embroidery floss instead of yarn if you are tying the quilt. Quilt or tie
           every 4-6 inches, or according to the batting instructions.
  • When fleece or flannel is used as a backing, batting is unnecessary.
 

KIDS HELPING KIDS QUILTS

In our Kids Helping Kids program, children decorate 8½" squares of muslin which are then used to make quilts. Please call Judi at 847-498-3987, if you are interested in creating a quilt from these blocks.  We have kits containing 15 decorated and 15 coordinating squares. You can use your favorite pattern or a simple envelope quilt pattern can be used.

 
IMPORTANT  THINGS  TO  REMEMBER  FOR  ALL  PROJECT  LINUS  BLANKETS
Blankets created or stored in a smoking environment cannot be accepted under any circumstances

     Do not use fabric with religious messages. 
     Do not use fabric softener or perfumes when laundering blankets or store in a scented plastic bag.
     Wash and dry blanket created in a home where there is  a pet.  Place in plastic bag before donating. Check for pet
     hair left on the blanket. 
     Do not create any blanket near peanut butter or nuts. 
     Do not attach any embellishments, such as buttons or sequins, to the blankets. 
     Do not use any fabric or yarn that has been exposed to mold or mildew.


CHECK  FOR  ANY  PINS  LEFT  IN  THE  BLANKET

CONTACT JUDI OR PENNY WITH ANY QUESTIONS
JUDY 847-498-3987   OR   CHIC[email protected]
PENNY 847-521-0672   OR   [email protected]

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