The following guidelines have been compiled from our Chapter Coordinators and are here to help you with any concerns you may have regarding making a blanket for Project Linus Canada. I hope they give you an idea of some of the different sizes accepted.
- Some chapters have specific partner needs, so it's always a good idea to check with the chapter in your area to discuss their requirements.
- We welcome blankets of all styles, including quilts, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans and receiving blankets. Blankets must be new, handmade and washable. Please use only new fabric and acrylic yarns (not wool) for your blankets.
- We have recently had some issues with fleece for tied or edged baby blankets. We are in the process of having conversations with nurses and care-givers and will share any information we receive when it arrives.
- Nothing is written in stone. The more important issue is that when blankets are being made for children that they are in child friendly colors and fabrics and sewn or knit well to withstand lots of use and washing.
- Some chapters provide blankets in ambulances and so need more 'either' blankets than any other. Chapters tend to have lots of girl blankets, not so many boy blankets and less 'either' blankets. The 'eithers' are in colors suitable to boy or girl. It is difficult for the ambulance personnel if they are trying to wrap a young boy in a blanket who would prefer monster trucks on it and their only choice is a Strawberry Shortcake blanket. We still like the Strawberry Shortcake and Monster trucks for partnerships where they have the time to pick out a boy or girl quilt such as the Children's Wish Foundation and the hospital pediatric wards. For the ambulances, we prefer to avoid pinks and purples which tend to be 'girlie' colors and yes, some boys like the colors, but we have chosen to use that as a guideline and not use them for the ambulances.
Thank you for your interest in Project Linus Canada. We accept all sizes and shapes but this is a guideline for you as you quilt, knit, crochet or edge fleece blankets for this wonderful organization. Remember, they are only a guideline.