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Hearts United Against Cancer accepts Crocheted, Knitted, Quilted, Sewed, or No Sew Fleece Blankets for Cancer Heroes of all ages.



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We are looking for any homemade Crocheted, Knitted, Quilted, Sewed, or No Sew Fleece blanket. The blankets should measure around 3ft by 3ft (note: a No Sew Fleece blanket will be longer because of the fabric width) and be washable.

If you knit, crochet, sew, or make other homemade items (e.g. hats, gloves, scarves, slippers, shawls, stuffed animals, pillow cases, aprons, etc), they are appreciated too.

If you can't crochet, knit, quilt, or sew; we appreciate donations of acrylic yarn, anti-pill or blizzard fleece fabric, and calico or cotton fabric.

Instructions for No Sew Fleece Blankets:

  • Two pieces of anti-pill or blizzard fleece fabric (one coordinating print and one solid) each 1 yard long and a pair of fabric scissors are needed to complete a No Sew Fleece blanket.
  • Lay the 2 pieces of fleece down on a flat surface, wrong sides together.
  • With the 2 pieces of fleece together, trim off the selvage edges (edges with a seam or print on them).
  • Then trim the fleece so that the edges are the same size all the way around, evening up the edges of fabric as needed.
  • Cut a 5 inch by 5 inch square of fleece from each corner of the blanket, cutting through both layers of the fleece at the same time. (Please don't discard, as we use these pieces to sew patchwork pillows)
  • Cut 5 inch by 1 inch fringe on all 4 sides of the blanket, cutting through both layers of the fleece at the same time.
  • Knot your blanket by leaving the fleece laying on a flat surface with all the fringe pieces lined up.
  • Working from left to right, tie the matching top and bottom fringe pieces together into double knots.
  • Continue this until all 4 sides of your blanket are tied and complete!

Homemade Pillow Project:

Hearts United Against Cancer also delivers/ships homemade pillows to Cancer Heroes for them to use underneath their heads and/or arms during treatment.

These pillows are also something soft and comforting a young Cancer Hero can cuddle with while receiving treatment.

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For the Pillows:

    The fabric should be soft and washable.
    They can be either sewed or made out of no sew fleece fabric.
    The filling for both types of pillows (sewed or no sew) should be polyester fiberfill, one that is washable and hypoallergenic.
    The final pillow size should be around 6 inches by 10 inches. If they are a little bigger that's fine as this size is a general guideline.

Instructions for No Sew Pillows:

  • Materials Needed - Anti-pill or Blizzard fleece fabric, fabric scissors, measuring tape, pins, and washable, hypoallergenic polyester fiberfill is needed to make No Sew Pillows.
  • Cut 1 yard of fleece into 8 squares, approximately 13 inch by 17 inch each. This will yield 4 pillows.
  • Take 2 of the 8 pieces of fleece fabric. Lie them down on a flat surface, wrong sides together.
  • With the 2 pieces of fleece together, pin the fabric pieces together then trim off the selvage edges (edges with a seam or print on them).
  • Next trim the fleece so that the edges are even all the way around.
  • Cut a 3 inch by 3 inch square of fleece from each corner of the pillow, cutting through both layers of the fleece at the same time. (Please don't discard, as we use these pieces to sew patchwork pillows)
  • Cut 3 inch by of an inch fringe on all 4 sides of the pillow, cutting through both layers of the fleece at the same time.
  • Knot your pillow by leaving the fleece laying on a flat surface with all the fringe pieces lined up.
  • Starting on a short side, tie the matching top and bottom fringe pieces together into tight double knots. (Note: You will need to tie your pillow tighter than a blanket so that the stuffing stays in)
  • After you have knotted 3 sides, knot the last side leaving 4 fringe pieces unknotted to stuff. Stuff your pillow, working the stuffing into the corners as well. Then knot the last 4 fringe pieces.

For Sewed Pillows:

  • Trim your fabric 8 inches by 12 inches to allow for some shrinkage of the pillow once it is stuffed.

Please send your lovely creations to:

    Hearts United Against Cancer
    PO Box 443
    Sewell, NJ 08080

(If you prefer to ship by a courier that needs our physical address, please submit a request under the "Contact Us" tab.)

Thank you for uniting with us to bring warmth, love, and support to Cancer Heroes through all of these wonderful homemade items.

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