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Make No-Sew Fleece Blankets

A wonderful winter act of kindness.

Your young ones can help make these cozy, clever blankets and provide comfort to a child in need. No sewing required!

 


Possible recipients

Any number of local organizations would appreciate your donations of these simple “no-sew” fleece blankets. Check with hospitals, homeless shelters, care facilities, or police and fire stations to gauge interest.  Or deliver them to your local chapter of Project Linus or Binky Patrol. These two groups will distribute them to organizations with the greatest need.

What you’ll need

  • Fleece fabric (amount varies with blanket size) or a fleece blanket kit
  • Fabric scissors or fabric cutters
  • Optional but helpful: masking tape and a T-shaped ruler

Instructions

Reflections

  • Do you have a blanket or something soft and cuddly that you love? How do you feel when you hold it?
  • Why would a blanket bring comfort to a child who is scared or having a difficult time?
  • How would you feel if you had to spend the night at the hospital, or had to be separated from your parents for some reason? What would help you feel better?
  • How else can we make children who are hurt or scared feel safe and loved?

Resources

  • Project Linus and Binky Patrol are national organizations that collect blankets for children who need to feel secure. Their websites explain their work and list your nearby chapter.
  • Geraldine’s Blanket by Holly Keller (Greenwillow Books, 1988). Baby-preschool. It seems as though nothing will keep Geraldine from her tattered blanket, perhaps not even a brand-new doll.
  • The Red Blanket by Eliza Thomas (Scholastic Press, 2004). Baby-preschool. A woman adopting a child from China takes a soft red blanket for her new daughter.

Take it further

  • Blanket-making can involve the whole clan. Purchase yards of wild and woolly fleece fabric and spend an afternoon tying blankets over the holiday, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas. It can be a great opportunity to visit while infusing your festivities with extra meaning.
  • Make a blanket together each year on your child’s birthday. One recipient could be the hospital where he or she was born.
  • Host a “Bink-A-Thon,” where you gather many hands to make a load of cuddly blankets to donate to Binky Patrol.

*Cost can vary greatly on some projects depending on the way you approach them. Consider asking friends and neighbors to “sponsor” your effort if you get excited about a project that may be out of your price range. You might end up with a big-hearted community at your side!

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