... make a blanket

Blankets come in many colors, fabrics, shapes and sizes. Some are quilted, or made from flannel or fleece. All materials must be new, washable, and made in child or teen friendly colors or prints. More details below.

Blanket Specifications

  • Should be at least 36" x 36" for infants (small), 45" x 45" or 45" x 60" for older children (medium). Max size is about 54" x 72" (large)

  • Blankets must be handmade without embellishments that could pose choking hazards.

  • Do not use recycled materials or wool; cotton material is preferable.

  • Special note regarding knitted or crocheted blankets: Although most area hospitals no longer accept knit or crochet blankets, there there are several organizations that do. Knit or crocheted blankets should meet the size requirements, i.e., no less than 36" square, be made with new, machine-washable yarn, and use a tight stitch or pattern.

  • A crocheted border around a piece of fleece also makes a lovely blanket.


Click the appropriate link below to download instructions for the No Sew Fleece blanket and NICU flannel isolette cover


NICU FLANNEL INSTRUCTION Although for ease of reference the instructions refer to using two single cuts of fabric, it is fine to piece either or both layers in the size indicated (about 42" square).

Hints About No Sew Fleece Blankets

  • SINGLE LAYER PLEASE, per hospital requests, due to the weight of double layer blankets

  • Should be at least 36" x 36" for infants (small), 45" x 45" or 45" x 60" for older children (medium). Max size is about 54" x 72" (large) [we currently are most in need of smalls]

  • For fringed fleece blankets, start with 1.5 to 2 yards of 54-60" wide fleece. "Minky" fleece is not easy to work with, so you may want to avoid it.

  • Trim off selvages. These are the curly long sides, thick rough looking with tiny holes and print. They are on the uncut sides of the fabric and must be removed.

  • If making the no-sew knot blanket, fringe only the two narrowest sides

  • Use a sharp scissors or rotary cutter. Cut fringe 4-5" long and about 3/4 to 1" wide across the top and bottom of the blanket ONLY. The wider the fringe, the harder to tie.

  • Tie each single piece of fringe with an overhand knot.