Buntings for Early Loss

The item most requested by the hospital infant bereavement programs we support, is tiny knit buntings for early loss.  The bunting is knit or crocheted and lined with flannel.  The flannel is most important for the tiny ones because the skin is so very fragile.  The body and hood of the bunting should be lined.  The bunting is closed using a crocheted yarn chain or ribbon.

Sizes Needed:

For every 3 buntings you make, please make two (2)of the small buntings  and one (1) large size

Finished Measurements of Buntings:

Small Bunting:

total length  8.0 – 8.5 inches

body width   7 inches

hood length  3 inches

Large Bunting:

total length – 10 to 10.5 inches

body width – 8 inches

hood length – 3.5 inches

Colors Needed:

pale pink, pale baby blue, light green, cream. Pastel variegated yarns are acceptable for the buntings. Remember, if the yarn contains ANY pink, purple or peach in it, most nurses will consider it to be for a girl.  We always need more boy buntings than girl buntings.

NOTE: White is NOT the best color for lining the buntings. The tiny babies might leak body fluids.  It would be better for the lining to have some color in it so the stains do not show so badly.

Crafting Guidelines:
  • Buntings must be lined with soft flannel in tiny pastel prints like stars, polka dots, hearts. Do not use  “character prints. Flannel may be hand sewn or machine sewn onto the bunting.
  • Ties in the bunting may be a crocheted yarn chain or a ribbon tie.
  • Use DK weight or lighter. Do NOT use worsted weight yarn. See our List of Suggested Yarn
Requested Patterns:

Knit Burial Bunting – Touching Little Lives, adapted for larger size by Velda LaCoste

Crochet Burial Bunting – Warm Hearts Warm Babies

updated: 8/10/18