The Basics

Blankets can be knitted, crocheted, quilted or hand-tied by volunteers of all ages and abilities and are delivered to children in hospitals throughout the world or to any child in need of consolation.

Tips

  • Blankets of all styles are welcomed, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors.
  • Fuller Village Knitters 
						Group in Milton
  • Blankets must be made from NEW, CLEAN, WASHABLE materials in infant, child or teen friendly colors. Remember, these blankets are meant to be colorful, cheerful, and cuddly.
  • Provide your name and address with blanket.
  • The ideal blanket size is between 36" x 36" and 40" x 60".
  • Blankets should be made from 100% cotton fabric, flannel, polar fleece, or acrylic yarn. Please do not use mohair, angora or other fuzzy material because they shed and can cause breathing problems in some children.
  • Please only donate blankets that are free of contaminants. 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 fall off and be swallowed.
  • For quilting or hand-tied blankets, please be sure to attach all layer at close intervals so that the layers do not separate. Secure the batting into outer seams and if the blanket is tied, please anchor it every 4-6 inches. We don't want it to fall apart the first time it's washed.
  • Quilt made by Burlington Girl Scouts
  • Weave in all yarn ends on crocheted and knitted blankets.
  • Do not knot the fringe on two-layered fleece blankets very tightly, this will cause the blanket to "bowl up" and we will just have to cut the fringe off and start again (making a smaller blanket). If you wish to knot the fringe, knot each piece loosely to itself (not to the next piece of fringe) or knot every other piece. This allows the blanket to lie flat.

Finishing FLEECE!

Here is a How To video created by an Idaho family who made fleece blankets for Project Linus.

And a printable document we created with some suggestions on finishing fleece blankets.

It's easy and fun for scouting troops and groups to produce blankets this way with little to no sewing or knitting skills. Have Fun!

Make A Blanket Day

Make A Blanket Day at 
				Insync Dance Studio in Quincy

Students, parents and staff at the Insync Dance Studio in Quincy held a Make A Blanket Day. Participants brought in colorful fleece in a variety of themes and carefully made 60 beautiful blankets. Each child also decorated and signed cards that were attached to the blankets.

Make A Blanket Day at 
				Insync Dance Studio in Quincy

What to do with your donations

Email Us with any questions or to find a dropoff location.

Donations in the form of finished blankets, supplies or monetary contributions can be mailed to:

Greater Boston Area Project Linus
c/o Lucy Maiullari
849 Wellman Ave
N. Chelmsford, MA 01863

We currently have dropoff locations in the following towns:

Billerica & North Billerica, Burlington, Cambridge, Charlestown, Chelmsford, Dorchester, Framingham, Marblehead, Marshfield, Medford, Milton, Peabody, Plymouth, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Westford, or Winchester.