NICU Bedding


The mission of our NICU Bedding Program is to create a comfortable, non-sterile environment for families with donations of soft colorful sheets.  Initially, infants in the NICU are very critically ill.  As a result, most of the caregiving activities are performed by nursing staff.  Being able to choose the sheets for their infant’s bed is often the first and only caregiving act parents are able to perform.

How can You Help?

You can help by sewing and donating bedding to help our NICU families create a homelike atmosphere in their baby’s hospital room. 

Crafting Guidelines

Cottons or Flannels are acceptable for flat and fitted sheets.  Cottons are preferred because they last twice as long as flannel.  In general, bright, bold colors will stand up to the hospital harsh laundry best. If using flannel fabric, many reds and black patterns will bleed and are not recommended.

Flat Sheets

Use 1 yard of bright colorful cotton or flannel; serge or hem the entire piece. No cutting required! Finished size of a flat sheet is about 35 inches x 40 inches

Fitted Sheets

Use colorful cotton or flannel prints. Find our pattern here

Fleece Pads

Use a 22in X 30in piece of solid or colorful print FLEECE to make these.  Buy a 22 inch long piece of fleece; Cut it down the middle to make two 22 inch x about 30 inch fleece pads. Serge, or use your sewing maching to over-cast stitch around edges to keep it from stretching. That’s it!

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Updated 7/20/16


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