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Volunteer From Home: DIY No-Sew Fleece Blankets

 
Would you like to help a senior citizen by making a difference from home?  This no-sew blanket  is easy to make, inexpensive and will be well-received by senior citizens everywhere!  What a wonderful gift for a senior… a snuggly blanket to help keep them warm when they are relaxing.  The project takes about 30 minutes to complete, and children 8 years and older can easily help.  

 

SUPPLIES: The supplies list is short for this project:

  • Two (2) pieces of 2 yards of coordinating anti-pill fleece fabric, so 4 yards of fleece fabric in total
  • One pair of quality fabric scissors
  • One ruler or tape measure

 

HOW TO:

Step 1:  Align the fabric

 Lay the two pieces of fleece on top of each other so that the edges  line up.  The sides of the fabric you want to show should be facing outward.

Step 2 : Cut off the salvage edges

 Cut off the salvage edge from each piece of fleece.  The cut  doesn’t have to be perfectly straight.  We used the salvage edge as our guide and the cut turned out straight enough.  Note:  You may want to save the salvage scraps for another project.

Step 3:  Measure and cut the blanket corners  

With the fabric pieces aligned, cut a 4 inch square from each corner of the fleece and discard.  Note:  You may want to save the corner scraps for another project.

Step 4:  Cut the blanket fringe  

With the fabric pieces aligned, measure and cut 4 inch strips into the fabric with each cut 1 inch apart.  When you are finished,  you will have multiple fringe pieces measuring 4 inches long by 1 inch wide.

Step 5:  Tie the blanket fringe

The next step is to attach the top fleece to the bottom fleece.  Tie the fringe strips together all the way around the blanket by knotting the strips from the front and back pieces of fleece.  Each knot should be tied tightly but be careful not to bunch the fabric.

Step 6:  Voila! 

Your blanket  is complete!  To add an extra touch?  Roll your blanket and tie it with a pretty ribbon.  

Pictured below: The kind and wonderful Isabella Schuster, the NAM National Cover Miss Junior Teen, 2020, shows off DIY no-sew fleece blankets that she made for shelter pets waiting for their forever homes.  

 

 

DELIVER YOUR BLANKET TO A SENIOR CITIZEN:

There are quite a few options for getting your blanket into the hands of a senior citizen.

  • Nursing care centers in your area would love your no-sew blankets to pass on to their residents.  Reach out to the activities director at a local care center to inquire.
  • Senior daycare centers would also love to pass the blankets to their clients. Contact a daycare center in your area for more information.
  • Small Acts Big Change, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization will happily pass your blankets to senior citizens.  Please send your blanket(s) to:  Share Your Warmth, Small Acts Big Change, PO Box 1374, La Canada, CA 91012.

 

DELIVER YOUR BLANKET TO A SHELTER DOG OR CAT:

  • Contact your local humane society or animal rescue to make arrangements to donate your blanket to a pet in their care.  The pets waiting for their forever homes often lie on cold cement floors in cages.  Your blanket will make a big difference to helping them have comfort and warmth as they wait for someone to take them home.
  • Small Acts Big Change, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization will happily pass your blankets to pets in need.  Please send your blanket(s) to:  Share Your Warmth, Small Acts Big Change, PO Box 1374, La Canada, CA 91012.

 

DELIVER YOUR BLANKET TO INJURED AND REHABILITATING WILDLIFE:

  • Contact your local wildlife rescue organization to make arrangements to donate your blanket to an injured or orphaned animal in their care.    Your blanket will make a big difference to helping the animals have comfort and warmth as they heal.
  • Small Acts Big Change, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization will happily pass your blankets to pets in need.  Please send your blanket(s) to:  Share Your Warmth, Small Acts Big Change, PO Box 1374, La Canada, CA 91012.

 

THANK YOU:  Thank you for helping spread happiness and kindness throughout your community. <3 

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