Halloween Workgroup

The Preemie Project will be holding a super secret workgroup to make surprise Halloween costumes for Iowa NICU babies.  We are very excited to have you come help us.

WHEN:        Saturday October 21, 2017
Setup:  8:30 am
Workgroup:  9:15am – 4:00pm
Cleanup:  4:00pm – 4:30pm

WHERE:      Coralville Public Library
Schwab Auditorium
1401 5th Street
Coralville, IA

**Please use the underground parking.  The above ground parking is reserved for library patrons.**

You can sign up for this workgroup by visiting our Google Signup Form  We will send out a reminder email the week before the event.

Our challenge has been to come up with items that could be made in a group setting and would be appropriate for potentially very sick hospitalized babies.  We will be working on 4 easy items

1. Pumpkin bibs to go with pumpkin hat/bootie sets made and sent in by volunteers
2. Monster bibs to go with monster hat/bootie set made and sent in by volunteers
3. Fairy wings, headbands and tutu skirts for little girls
4. Owl bibs to match owl hat/bootie sets sent in by volunteers.

We are very busy designing patterns and making up kits for you to sew these items.  We will need a lot of help to get this accomplished. We will need sewers to stitch up the items and non sewers to cut out, trim, turn, iron.

We hope you will come for the day and help us finish up these cute, cute costumes for the babies.

Please sign up for this workgroup by visiting our Google Signup Form

What should you bring to this workgroup?

  • Sewing machine if you own one. We do not know how many sewers we will need but it is better to have too many than not enough.
  • We are asking for 3 volunteers to bring a “good” irons.  We will bring 3 ironing pads that can be used rather than bringing a bulky ironing board.
  • We will NOT need sergers at this workgroup
  • Sewing equipment that you prefer to use.  TPP has scissors, thread and all fabric needed to make the items.


Lunch is always the highlight of our day.  In addition to snacks, dessert and fruit, we are asking for 3 volunteers to sign up to bring a crock pot of soup.  The TPP board of directors will bring sandwiches, iced tea and lemonade. There should be more volunteers than spots to sign up for lunch.  So, if all spots are taken, just come and enjoy a yummy lunch.  We hope to not have so much food that it is overwhelming and wasteful.

NOTE:  There is a nice coffee shop upstairs if you require caffeine.

*There is no refrigerator in the room we will be in. If your lunch item needs to stay cold, a cooler or good ice packs would be helpful to ensure the health of all of our friends.*

Please sign up for this workgroup by visiting our Google Signup Form  We will send out a reminder email the week before.

Boo In the NICU

For many years, we’ve been creating “baby pumpkin patches” in Iowa NICUs for Halloween. In the past couple years we have expanded this to include costume hats, booties, cocoons and other NICU sized cute dress-up items.  In addition to pumpkin hats and booties, we will be asking volunteers to make Halloween-themed hats and booties and “costumes” for the babies! Ideas for “costumes” includes Disney themed, Animals, Witches and Ghosts, Frankenstein Hats, etc. This is one donation where our volunteers can be as creative as they want.  Last year we had butterfies, dragons, superhero capes, witch capes, mermaid tails……The sky is the limit.

Items may be sewn, knit or crocheted.

If you have an idea for a costume and need help figuring how to size it for the little ones, please Contact Us and ask for help.

NOTE: This is the one donation of the year that we request booties for all the hats.  If you do not make booties for any other donation, please consider making them for this one. They complete the costume.

Patterns and Guidelines:
Click here for holiday pattern ideas we have collected on our Ravelry Page.  Many of these are already sized properly for preterm and newborn infants.

We are also collecting ideas on our Pinterest Board. Click here to view it now.

If you need help finding an appropriate pattern, please Contact Us and ask for help.

Donation Goals:
We are hoping to bring this donation to as many NICUs as possible.  The more items we receive, the more hospitals we can support!

Costume Sets:
1-1.5lb   20 sets

2-3lb   40 sets

3-5lb   90 sets

6-8lb   90 sets

9-11lb   40 sets

Please put your items in the mail by Friday, October 13th, 2017
Mail Items to:
The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241

Items may also be left on the front step at the above address. Please include your name and email address so we know who to thank

If it is more convienient, items may be dropped off at a Donation Center.

This donation will be made to the hospitals we support on or around October 31st, 2017. Let’s make this Halloween particularly “Cute and Spooky”!

Ghosts and Goblins and Witches, Oh My!!