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Become a Blanketeer

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What is a Blanketeer?

Our volunteers, known as “Blanketeers,” provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to children up to 18 years old who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.

 

All blanket styles are welcome (based on local needs) including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors.

For ideas on patterns and projects for quilts, blankets & afghans, check out this page from the National Project Linus website.

 

Follow our Pinterest page for more patterns and inspriation.

You may wish to coordinate or participate in a Make A Blanket Day. Some Blanketeers gather coworkers and hold an event at work.  Students, clubs and troops often work together to create a number of blankets.  Some chapters gather and make as many blankets as possible. Others hold an open house to simply collect blankets and materials. Together as a chapter, we can decide the best activities for our community and the materials we will need (fabric, fleece, yarn, food etc.) to accomplish them.

Chapter coordinators are required to  be non-smokers and live in smoke-free homes.  We ask that our Blanketeers do the same.  Because many of the children who receive our blankets may already have compromised immune systems, we must ensure our blankets are free of smoke and chemical odors (including scented detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets) mold, mildew, and pet hair. 

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Baby blanket

What guidelines should we follow for making blankets?

Our organization accepts NEW, HANDMADE, WASHABLE quilts, blankets, and afghans for children zero to 18 years old.

 

General Guidelines
 

  • Crochet, knit, quilt, or tie blankets or finish the edges of fleece.

  • Fleece blankets should generally be one layer thick for delivery to hospitals and two layers thick for other deliveries.

  • Make blankets from new, clean, washable materials in infant, child and teen-friendly colors.

  • Blankets must be durable and washable as they will be laundered many times.

  • Use age-appropriate fabric or yarn for the blanket you create. 

  • Low-loft batting is preferred.

  • Please check, double-check, and triple-check your blanket carefully for straight pins.  It's better you find that pin, and not the child that receives your blanket.

Suggested Blanket Sizes

Baby             30" x 30" to 36" x 36"
Child/Youth    40" x 60"  
Teen             45" x 72"

 

Fleece

Check out Finish a Fleece Blanket for general instructions and patterns for fleece blankets.

Afghans

  • Use small crochet hooks or knitting needles and soft baby yarn when making baby afghans.

  • Little fingers and toes and medical instruments can get caught in loose, loopy big stitches.

  • If you prefer to use larger hooks or needles, consider making larger child and teen sized afghans.

  • Weave in all yarn ends on crocheted and knitted afghans.  Do not just knot and cut off the ends.

Basket to hold blankets

What are drop-off sites?

Drop-off sites are local businesses or community areas that are convenient for our Blanketeers and donors to drop off items being donated.  Other volunteers will come by and pick those items up on a regular basis.

Current Drop Off Sites

Central Sewing Center

4300 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith

Joann Fabrics

7609 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith

Crooked Creek Quilt Shop

1736 W. Center Street, Greenwood

If you would like to become a drop-off site, please email the Chapter Coordinator and let her know!

Dropping off blankets & donations

Blankets and donations should be in a closed bag that includes your name, address and phone/email so that we can acknowledge your gift with a tax receipt.  

If you don't live near Fort Smith, Arkansas, please visit the Project Linus National Headquarters website for chapters near you. 


 

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