Anyone who enjoys sewing, knitting or crocheting can make blankets for children's charities. Organizations across the United States collect and distribute blankets to people in need across the nation and the globe. The blankets are smaller than blankets for adults, so making them is a quick process that uses less material. The materials used to make blankets need to be washable, whether it's fabric or yarn. Sometimes organisations even provide yarn for people to knit or crochet the blankets. Keep an eye out for sales on fabric and fibres to find bargains to make the blankets.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Contact local churches, charities or organisations such as the Red Cross or the Salvation Army. Local churches may also have lists of organisations that take donations.
Choose the age group you want to make blankets for. A child's blanket should measure 40 inches by 60 inches, a baby blanket should measure 30 inches by 30 inches, and a teen's blanket should measure 45 inches by 72 inches. Use soft, new materials to make the blankets.
Create the blankets in a smoke-free environment. Many organisations stipulate that blankets must be smoke-free because of allergies and other health considerations. Check the finished blankets for any pins if you sewn them. If you are making blankets for babies, avoid using fringes on the edges of the blankets because babies could choke on them. When using fleece fabrics, finish the edges. Fleece can eventually fray or run, depending on whether it's knitted or woven.
Deliver or send the blankets to the organisation of your choice in time for the group to distribute them. Many of these organisations have deadlines for receiving shipments from donors.
Tips and warnings
- Some of the organisations that send donations to the needy allow people to open chapters in the cities in which they live. If you would like to create a group to make blankets, sign up with an organisation or create your own group.
- Double check your sewn blankets for pins or ask someone else to look them over.
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