Some charities has rules about the size, colour and type of material used. If you plan on creating an afghan for a charity plus review your local charity guidelines before you start. From the Tennessee Chapter of Project Linus the rules are as follows:
We accept only blankets made with new, clean, and washable materials in infant, child or teen friendly colors. We accept blankets that are crocheted, quilted, knitted, fleece blankets, or a tied comforter. Remember these blankets are meant to be colorful, cheerful, and cuddly. We require that every item donated be totally new.
- Please sew in smoke-free, pet hair free environments, or thoroughly wash the blanket before donating it.
- Please use new materials to make a Project Linus blanket. The older the fabric is, the more fragile the fibers become and will break down and tear with each washing.
Note: Blankets that smell of smoke or strong chemicals, or have pet hair on them, or are musty-smelling cannot be accepted as they may produce severe allergic reactions in the children. Rarely, have we had to deem a blanket unacceptable.
Blanket Sizes and TypesPlease note that there is no specific size of blanket that we need. Below is a guideline for you, but do your own thing. We can use any size.
- Preemie and Newborn Baby Blankets – A very small blanket (18″ x 18″) can easily wrap a premature baby, but in many hospitals they prefer a (30″ x 30″) or (36″ x 36″) blanket used to cover the entire bassinet. Crochet / Knit patterns will require approx. 24-32 oz. of yarn depending on the pattern and size of hooks/needles.
- Toddler Blankets – An average sized blanket is (40″ x 60″). A cut of fabric is usually 40-42 inches wide — so 1 2/3 yards of a 40-42 wide fabric is perfect size for a toddler blanket. Crochet / Knit patterns will require approx. 48-64 oz of yarn depending on the pattern and size of hooks/needles.
- Teen Blankets – In order for a blanket to be comfortable for a teenager, it needs to be at least two yards in length. Since polar fleece is 50″ wide, a 2-yard piece of fleece makes a nice blanket for a teenager. Crochet / Knit patterns will require approx. 64-120 oz. of yarn depending on the pattern and size of hooks/needles.
- Fleece Blankets – Pieces of polar fleece may be purchased and it takes very little work to create a blanket. Serging or hemming, or cutting a fringed edge – which takes no sewing at all, may finish off the edge. This material can be used for any size blanket.
- See the Pattern & Website Links page for easy patterns and sources of fabric.
- denim, tapestry, polyester double knit, felt, vinyl, wool, corduroy, burlap
- wool yarn
- materials that aren’t cuddly & soft
- used, soiled or old materials
- Batting in quilts should be securely sewn into outer seams.
- If the blanket is tied, anchor it every 4-6 inches and cut ties to 1 inch or less in length. Do not use yarn for tying, it works its way out of the quilt. We suggest embroidery floss.
- Do not attach buttons or similar decorative items to blankets, they can be choking hazards for children.
- Please be sure to complete the construction of your blanket.
- Please remove all pins before turning in your blanket -check, double check and triple check it please. It’s better you find that pin and not the child who receives your blanket.
Sizing for one the of the Michigan Chapters:
Blanket sizes (all are approximate suggestions):
Newborn – 36″ to 45″ square
Toddler – 36″ x 45″ to 45″ square
Elementary – 40″ x 50″
Preteen – 40″ x 60″ to 50″ x 60″
Teen – 45″ x 72″ to 60″ x 72″
Soldier’s Angles – blankets for Veterans
The VA Crochet & Craft Team makes and sends lapghans (blankets), hats, scarves, trach/stoma bibs, catheter bag covers, ditty bags, wheelchair/walker totes and slipper socks to VA medical facilities around the country. Members use their sewing, knitting, crocheting and other crafting skills to help provide comfort and dignity to hospitalized veterans while showing them that they are loved and remembered.
Most any style of lapghan/blanket is acceptable, but please keep the following in mind:
- Size: 36” x 48” is most common, though some hospitals have requested larger blankets
- Style: knit/crochet is our specialty, but we also accept quilts and fleece blankets
- Patterns: there is no set pattern, so use your favorite
- Yarn: washable/dryable–bright and upbeat colors are always appreciated