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NICU Bedding Donation Deadline

April 1, 2017
Iowa NICUs

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 flat sheets, fitted sheets and fleece pads to help our NICU families create a homelike atmosphere in their baby’s hospital room.


CRAFTING GUIDELINES?
-Cottons or flannel fabric may be used for sheets.

-Cotton fabrics are preferred because they will last twice as long as flannel.

-Please use cute baby prints or modern prints preferred by new moms for their nurseries.  Take a look at this Etsy search for “Nursery Bedding Sets”. These are not your grandma’s nursery fabrics!

-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.


HOW DO I MAKE BEDDING FOR THE NICU?

Flat Sheets

Uses 1 yard of cotton or flannel, serge or hem the entire piece.  Do NOT cut the piece to make it square.

Fitted Sheets

Uses 1.5 yards colorful cotton or flannel prints. Find our fitted sheet pattern HERE.

Fleece Pads

Use a 22in X 30in piece of solid or colorful print FLEECE to make these. Serge, zig-zag or over-lay stitch around edges to keep it from stretching. That’s it!


DONATION DEADLINE:
April 1, 2017 We collect donated bedding all year.  If you want to have your donation included in our BIG ANNUAL donation to Iowa NICUs, please mail your donation by the deadline


Mail your donation to:
The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241

You can find a list of our donation centers HERE.

You can also drop off your donation on the front step of the above address.  Be sure to include your name, address and email.

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