Hats, Booties and Blankets

Hats, Booties and Blankets are donated to the hospitals we support at holidays and special events throughout the year to bring warmth and comfort to preterm and critically ill infants and their families.  Volunteers make holiday hats and booties sized for infants weighing from 1lb up to 11lbs. 

Hats and Booties

  • Holiday donations for 2017 include Easter, 4th of July, Cy-Hawk Challenge (UI vs ISU football),  Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Refer to our Event Calendar for important mail-by dates
  • 6-8lb and 3-5lb size are the most needed.
  • Fewer 1-1.5lb, 2-3lb and 9-11lb size hats and booties are needed.
  • Refer to our Measurements Guide for size guidelines.
  • We need more boy hats than girl.
  • Hats must stretch easily over tiny heads.
  • Booties should be made from a pattern that is not holey. Holes in booties pose a hazard for tiny toes.
  • Although booties are not required with each hat, a matching set of hat and booties makes a wonderful memento of the NICU stay.
  • When making a hat/bootie set, please make sure the hat and booties are in the same size range or the set will be split up.
  • Please make stocking hat type hats. The NICUs request that we do NOT donate bonnets - the type that tie under the chin.

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    The Preemie Project no longer needs blankets to be given to babies in the NICU.  Please limit blanket donations to knit or crochet blankets for our infant bereavement program.

    The colors requested for bereavement by the hospitals we support are SOLID WHITE, SOLID PALE PINK, SOLID PALE BLUE. We need blankets sized from 15 inch x 15 inch up to 36 inch x 36 inch.

    Crafting Guidelines

  • Any pattern may be used for hats, booties and blankets as long as the crafting guidelines are followed
  • Please visit the “Volunteer” section of the website for information on sizing, yarn requirements and patterns
  • For all crafting “For the Babies”, refer often to our Measurements Guide
  • Third Hand Smoke Policy:

    The Preemie Project cannot donate items from smoking homes to be given to hospitalized infants. Research has proven that tobacco and tobacco smoke clings to furniture, clothes, walls. This is called “third hand smoke”. “Third hand smoke” cannot be adequately washed out of fabrics and thus raises the risks for many illness in children. Please see the March of Dimes website for more information.

    last updated 11/11/16


    Upcoming Events

    April 1, 2017
    Easter/Spring Donation
    Iowa NICUs

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    April 1, 2017
    Purple Hat Donation Deadline
    Iowa Click for Babies

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    April 1, 2017
    NICU Bedding Donation Deadline
    Iowa NICUs

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