Sewing for premature infants has been a ministry that I have been involved in for the past 5 years. I was inspired by an article in Issue #81 of Sew Beautiful to use my sewing talents for God in making heirloom gowns and clothing for tiny premature infants. Soon after reading that article, I started my local Threads of Love Chapter.
Our chapter sews miscarriage wrappers, tiny to full-term burial gowns and clothing for preemies in the NICU unit at our local hospital. Here is a sampling of our NICU preemie sets.
The NICU vest is made to easily dress a preemie with velcro closure in the front and on the shoulders. These vests work well around all the wires that may be connected to the tiny preemie. We also make a hat and blanket to match the vest, and always include a "Lovie Doll". The "Lovie Doll" is made from a toddler tube sock and is created for the new mom to put next to her breast and sleep with it to transfer her scent onto the doll. She then can place the Lovie Doll into her tiny baby's isolette to help in the bonding process - this is very important to the mom, especially when her baby is too tiny to be held. All the sets that we donate to the hospital always include a prayer of healing. I have an article featured in the latest issue of Sew Beautiful, issue #118, entitled "Precious Preemies" and there is a FREE preemie pattern and embroidery design! For more information about my Threads of Love chapter click HERE