Blanket Specifications

The Greater Twin Cities Area Chapter will accept new handmade blankets from crib size up to twin size and is particularly in need of blankets for teens. The most popular sizes for blankets are:

BABY or CRIB size: approximately 30"x36"

CHILD or PRETEEN size: approximately 42"x60"

TEEN size: approximately 60"x72"

Blankets may be quilted, crocheted, knitted, or made from fleece (edged with fringe or a crocheted border).

Please note that fleece blankets must be single-layer! Double-layer blankets are warm and cuddly, but they are actually too warm for use in a climate-controlled situation like a hospital. The bulk of these blankets also creates storage problems for hospitals prior to their distribution to children. The upside for you? Making a single-layer blanket will cut your material costs and preparation time in half!

These blankets are given to the children as a gift, to snuggle and love. For many, the blankets become a precious part of their journey through life. Often, the children or their families are able to choose the blanket they want when delivery is made to a hospital.


BLANKET GUIDELINES

All blankets donated to Project Linus must meet the following National Guidelines.

DO

  • Make blankets from NEW, CLEAN, and WASHABLE materials in infant-, child-, or teen-friendly colors. Remember, these blankets are meant to be colorful, cheerful, and cuddly. 
  • Secure the batting into outer seams and, if the blanket is tied, please anchor it every 6 inches, cutting ties to 1 inch or less in length. 
  • Check your blanket carefully for straight pins. It is better that YOU find that pin than the child who receives your blanket. 
  • Provide your name, phone number, mailing address, and e-mail address with your blanket.
  • Crochet, knit, quilt, or tie your blankets or tie or finish the edge on polar fleece. 
  • Make blankets from 100% cotton fabric, flannel, polar fleece, or acrylic yarn.
  • Pre-wash all fabric that you feel may cause a problem with bleeding or if the fabric is stiff from sizing.
  • Weave in all yarn ends on crocheted and knitted blankets.


DON'T

  • Make your blankets out of tapestry, burlap, upholstery fabric, double knit, felt, vinyl, wool, holiday fabric, or wool yarn.  
  • Attach buttons or decorative items to a blanket. They can be a choking hazard. 
  • Use thick fabric paint on the surface of your blanket. When coloring on muslin, use ONLY permanent fabric markers made specifically for fabric. 
  • Use fabric that has been stored in a damp area and has a musty smell. The mold spores can cause an allergic reaction in a child and are very difficult to remove from the fabric.
  • Wash your blankets with heavily scented detergents or fabric softeners. 


PLEASE NOTE

  • Blankets that smell of smoke or strong chemicals (including detergent or perfumed fabric softeners) or that have pet hair on them cannot be accepted, as they may produce a severe allergic reaction in some children. Unfortunately, washing these blankets does not always remove the problem. Please use a lint brush or roller on your blankets if they are covered with thread or lint! 
  • Another word about pins... PLEASE check, double check, and triple check your blankets for straight pins. Tags usually separate from the blankets when they are transported, leaving a lost pin just waiting to poke a child. 
  • Please don't attach cards or notes to quilts. 
  • Please don't attach buttons or other decorations that can come off and present a choking risk. 
  • Be creative! Keep in mind that children will be selecting a blanket with which to cuddle and receive comfort. 
  • We cannot accept commercially-made or used blankets.
  • Blankets that don't meet Project Linus specifications will be donated elsewhere (if possible) or returned to the blanketeer.
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Chapter Coordinator,
Jan 31, 2017, 7:10 AM