The mission of The Preemie Project 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. Most of the caregiving activities are performed by nursing staff. Often, the only caregiving act parents can perform for their child is to choose the sheets for their infant’s bed.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Sew and donate flat sheets, fitted sheets and fleece pads to help our NICU families create a homelike atmosphere in their baby’s hospital room.
- 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.
- 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?
Uses 1 yard of cotton or flannel; serge or sew a narrow hem around the entire piece. Do NOT cut the piece to make it square. Finished size of the sheet is about 42 inches x 35 inches.
Uses 1.5 yards colorful cotton or flannel prints. Find our fitted sheet pattern HERE.
Use a 22in X 30in piece of solid or colorful print FLEECE to make these. Serge, zig-zag or over-lay stitch over the 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.