Patterns

If you are in need of a pattern, project or inspirational “push” to get you started on a Project Linus quilt, afghan, or blanket then Project Linus Headquarters offers PDF print-outs of many wonderful patterns.

Please remember:

Blankets must be:

  • NEW, and made from all new materials
  • Homemade
  • Washable
  • Free of pins and embellishments
  • Free of pet hair
  • Free of smoke or chemical smells (According to studies presented at the National Project Linus Conference, these elements can NEVER be washed out of the blankets and are potentially very dangerous to a child whose health is already compromised)
  • Child-friendly (we encourage you to choose colors and patterns that would be cheerful and kid-friendly)

Suggested blanket sizes include:  (minimum approximately 36” x 36”)

Infant – 36″ x 36″ to 38″ x 38″

Toddler – 38″ x 38″ to 40″ x 42″

Elementary – 40″ x 50″ to 50″ x 60″

Pre Teen to Teen – 50″ x 60″ to 60″x 72″

 

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Blanket Requirements

Blankets must be:

  • NEW, and made from all new materials
  • Homemade
  • Washable
  • Free of pins and embellishments
  • Free of pet hair
  • Free of smoke or chemical smells (According to studies presented at the National Project Linus Conference, these elements can NEVER be washed out of the blankets and are potentially very dangerous to a child whose health is already compromised)
  • Child-friendly (we encourage you to choose colors and patterns that would be cheerful and kid-friendly)

We are no longer accepting double-layer, tied fleece blankets — as the facilities are no longer accepting them.

Please check our page on specific guidelines for making no-sew fleece, single-layer blankets.

Suggested blanket sizes include:  (minimum approximately 36” x 36”)

Infant – 36″ x 36″ to 38″ x 38″

Toddler – 38″ x 38″ to 40″ x 42″

Elementary – 40″ x 50″ to 50″ x 60″

Pre Teen to Teen – 50″ x 60″ to 60″x 72″

Project Linus welcomes blankets of all styles, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Blankets must be new, handmade and washable. In addition, they must come from a smoke-free environment. You don’t have to be an expert to create a blanket that is beautiful to a child! Visit our Chapters page to locate contact information for your local Project Linus chapter so that you can ask about specific current needs.

When we say “handmade” or “homemade” we mean something that is not commercially manufactured or purchased. Of course, home sewing machines, knitting machines, etc. are fine. It has always been the mission of Project Linus to donate only handmade blankets. We receive thousands of letters and thank you notes every year from children. Over and over they express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. They really know the difference. Purchased blankets are nice, but handmade blankets are from the heart. If you do not have the time or ability to hand craft a blanket, perhaps you would consider a monetary donation.

WHAT TYPE OF BLANKETS DOES PROJECT LINUS NOT ACCEPT?

Project Linus chapter coordinators are instructed to reject blankets that are not of excellent quality. In addition they must be free from contaminants. Special care should be taken to insure all blankets are free of smoky smells or any chemicals which could cause problems for a child. Hospitals will not accept these blankets, and they will most likely be discarded. Recent studies show laundering such blankets does not remove contamination, and in some cases can even make it worse. Again, if unusually strong smells due to chemicals used in detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets, mold and mildew or smoking products are apparent, most hospitals will discard the blanket rather than jeopardize the health of a patient. Always check blankets carefully for pins, and remove any embellishments such as buttons that could be swallowed. Thank you for helping to make sure that Project Linus blankets are safe and healthy, and will bring only comfort and security to a child in need!

 

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No-Sew Fleece Blankets

Always remember that blankets must be:

  • NEW, and made from all new materials
  • Homemade
  • Washable
  • Free of pins and embellishments
  • Free of pet hair
  • Free of smoke or chemical smells (According to studies presented at the National Project Linus Conference, these elements can NEVER be washed out of the blankets and are potentially very dangerous to a child whose health is already compromised)
  • Child-friendly (we encourage you to choose colors and patterns that would be cheerful and kid-friendly)

Suggested blanket sizes include:  (minimum approximately 36” x 36”)

Infant – 36″ x 36″ to 38″ x 38″

Toddler – 38″ x 38″ to 40″ x 42″

Elementary – 40″ x 50″ to 50″ x 60″

Pre Teen to Teen – 50″ x 60″ to 60″x 72″

No-sew blankets can be made from a single layer of fleece. Please no double layer, tied fleece blankets.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Blizzard or Anti-Pill Fleece fabric:  1 1/2 yard piece or choose your own custom size.  (Fleece is usually 50-60″ wide)
  • Ruler or Shape Cut Ruler, Rotary Cutter or sharp Fabric Shears: A rotary cutter works best to create neatly cut fringe.  If you are using shears, make sure your cuts are clean, even and straight with no frayed edges. Small, very sharp pointed scissors. Masking tape or plastic canvas template.

Download Printable Directions:   No Sew Directions

 No Sew Directions

Download Printable Directions:   No Sew Directions   

 

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Blanket Drop Off Sites

Quilt of Many Colors
15026 SR 1
Leo, IN  46765

Edwards Sewing Center
4114 N. Clinton
Fort Wayne IN 46805

New Haven City Hall
815 Lincoln Hwy E
New Haven, IN 46774

Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts
4616 Coldwater Road
Fort Wayne IN 46825

Jo-Ann Stores – Angola Plaza
2010 N Wayne Street
Angola, IN 46703

Lowery’s Sewing Center
707 E. Winona Avenue
Warsaw, IN 46580

Quilts N Gifts
2035 Commerce Drive, Suite 205
Bluffton,  IN  46714

Sewing Sewlutions
1650 South Wayne Street
Angola IN 46703

The Creative Stitch Embroidery Shop
208 E. Main Street
North Manchester, IN 46962

Fabrics & Friends Quilt Store
126 W. 2nd Street
Roanoke, IN 46783

Yoder’s Department Store
300 S Van Buren St.
Shipshewana, IN 46565

 

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