Make No-Sew Fleece Blankets*
Cozy up with a winter act of kindness.
These fuzzy fleece blankets are fun to create together, and they provide comfort to a child in need. No sewing required!
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.
What you’ll need
- Fleece fabric (amount varies with blanket size) or a fleece blanket kit
- Fabric scissors or a rotary cutter
- Optional but helpful: masking tape and a T-shaped ruler
- Gather your family to watch this 3-minute video about the difference a blanket can make in a child’s life.
- Take your children to the store (or search together online) to buy soft fleece fabric with patterns you like. Or buy a fleece blanket kit.
- See blanket-making instructions here:
- 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?
- 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
It seems as though nothing will keep Geraldine from her tattered blanket, perhaps not even a brand-new doll. Baby-preschool.
- The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
A young girl’s quilting project with her grandmother becomes a family effort as grandma feels ill. Ages 4 - 8.
- Changing Places: A Kids View of Shelter Living by Judy Wallace and Glen Finland
- Eight homeless children talk share true, poignant stories about life in a shelter. This is a wonderful resource for helping children see the human experience behind the issues of homelessness and poverty. Ages 6 - 12.
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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