Chi Does Good: Make A Security Blanket for A Kid In Need
Everyone has a security blanket at some point in their life. Many campers (and staff) come to camp with a favorite stuffed animal, or a sweatshirt they find comfort in. And many bring a special blanket or their blankey. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having these items that are symbols of love and safety. These are our security blankets.
Now imagine being in a hospital or facing a traumatic experience and not having that safe and loving item. It can be very scary and lonely, but we can help by making security blankets for those who need them.
We are working with Project Linus to help make blankets for children who are critically ill or traumatized. Their name comes from the iconic Peanuts character who is rarely seen without his blanket. There are many different ways you can help make a blanket. You can find all the requirements, patterns and tips for all type of blankets Project Linus accepts here. Here are the requirements:
- Blankets can be square or rectangle. Each side of the blanket must measure 36″ or longer.
- Blankets may be knit, crocheted, quilted or fleece
- The body of the fleece blanket should also measure 36″ by 36″. That measurement does not include any fringe
- Length of blanket must be in proportion to the width~ for example: 30″ x 60″ is too long and narrow.
- Blankets can be square or rectangle and each side must be longer than 36”
- Blankets must be handmade, washable, and made from new materials
The easiest blanket to make is is the no-sew or a tied fleece blanket, which is what we are asking the Chi Family to help with. Here are their suggestions to get you started:
- The hospitals and agencies request that the fleece blankets be SINGLE LAYER, NOT double.
- For each blanket, 1½ yards fleece is the recommended purhcase.
- Pattern of fleece should coordinate to the size of blanket. For example, a design with baby bottles should be used for a smaller blanket.
- Tie each piece of fringe on itself. DO NOT tie two pieces of fringe together. The knot should be in the middle of the fringe, not near the body of the blanket.
- BLANKET MUST LAY FLAT BEFORE DONATING. Tying the fringe too tightly causes the blanket to curl under like a fitted sheet.
- DO NOT MAKE FLEECE BLANKETS USING THE “BUNNY EARS” METHOD -making a small slit in the fringe and pulling it through the hole.
For a pattern and full step-by-step instructions download the No-Sew Fleece Blanket Instructions.
Once you blanket is done, let us know and we’ll coordinate getting it from you and will deliver one big donation to Project Linus. These blankets will help kids in need feel the warmth, safety, security and friendship that we feel at camp each year. For a full list of places Project Linus works with and more information on Project Linus check out their website.
For other ways to give back to our community and show that you live the Chi values all year long, check out all our Chi Does Good pieces.