Christmas/Winter Holiday Donation

We need your help to bring Holiday Cheer to Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Iowa.  Participating is simple.  Pick your favorite winter or Christmas holiday hat and/or bootie pattern. Items may be knit, crochet or sewn.

The Preemie Project donates festive hats and booties to help brighten up the holidays for the families.  We are hoping for Santa hats, Christmas tree hats, Grinch Hats, Elf, Gingerbread men and more.  These special holiday donations have become very important events for the NICUs.  The nurses love dressing the babies up and taking pictures to surprise the parents.
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Photo Credit: CNicholl Photography

PATTERNS AND GUIDELINES
Santa Ha  –Crochet
Christmas Hat by WoolWindings – Knit
Preemie Baby Santa Hat by Sandy Davis – Knit
Grinch Hat  – Crochet
Penguin Hat by RepeatCrafterme.com – Crochet
Gingerbread Hat by RepeatCrafterme.com  – Crochet
Crochet Reindeer Antlers by RepeatCrafterme.com – Crochet
Snowman Hat by RepeatCrafterme.com – Crochet
Snowman Hat#2 by RepeatCrafterme.com – crochet
Snowman Hat -knit

We’ve also created a Pinterest Board to gather inspiration.

As always our Crafting Guidelines and Measurements Guide apply.

 

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!

Hat and Bootie Sets:
1-1.5lb   20 sets
2-3lb     45 sets
3-5lb     100 sets
6-8lb     100 sets
9-11lb   35 sets

Mail or drop donation off at the following address by Monday, December 9th, 2019

The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241

This donation will be made to the hospitals we support on or around December 23rd, 2019.
Happy Crafting!

 

Easter/Spring Hats and Booties for Iowa NICUs Donation Deadline

This year we are so excited to include a Spring/Easter donation to our list of special donations..  We are planning to donate Easter and spring themed hats, booties and other costume items to Iowa Neonatal Intensive Care Units this spring.  Items can be knit, crochet or sewn.  Please visit our Crafting Guidelines and Measurements Guide for information on yarn, sizes, packaging, etc.

We have pinned cute ideas on our Pinterest Page.  We are looking for flower hats, lambs, chicks, bunnies, Easter eggs and ducks. The families love hats, headbands, booties, leg warmers, diaper covers, cocoons and other costume items.

We have a few cute pattern ideas on our website pattern page

If you have any questions about sizing a pattern down for premature babies, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We have additional measurements that are not on our website that we could share with you.

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

Hat and Bootie Sets:
1-1.5lb 20 sets
2-3lb   45 sets
3-5lb   100 sets
6-8lb   100 sets
9-11lb   35 sets

Easter 2018 is April 1st. We will make the donation to Iowa NICUs the week before.

Please put your donation in the mail by: Friday March 16, 2018.

Mailing Address:
The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241

You can also drop your items off at the above address.  Just leave it on the front step. Make sure to include your name and contact information.


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!!


Cy-Hawk Challenge

Join us in our tradition of donating Hawkeye and Cyclone themed hats, booties and bedding to Iowa NICUs.  Items are donated during the week prior to the Iowa-Iowa State or Cy-Hawk football game. This donation is a particular favorite of our volunteers, nursing staff and of course the families! The nurses look forward to this donation so they can deck out the warmer beds, isolettes, cribs and babies out in Hawkeye and Cyclone gear for the NICU families! The NICUs love the Cy-Hawk bedding that is sewn and donated by TPP to liven up the game experience.

Simply use any pattern to knit or crochet Hawkeye Black and Gold and Cyclone Cardinal and Gold themed hats and booties

We need about 2/3 of the items to be Hawkeye themed and 1/3 to be Cyclone themed.

Please visit the Volunteer Information section of our website for more crafting information.

You can read all about how to sew NICU bedding on our website.

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!

Hat and Bootie Sets:
1-1.5 lb   20 sets

2-3lb  45 sets

3-5lb   100 sets

6-8lb   100 sets

9-11lb   35 sets

Cy-Hawk Bedding:

Flat Sheets:      50 sheets

Fitted Sheets:  50 sheets

Mail or drop your items at a Donation Center by Monday August 21, 2017

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

This donation will be made to the hospitals we support on or around September 4th, 2017.
Happy Crafting!


Purple Newborn Size Hats for Iowa Click for Babies

We are asking TPP volunteers to make 500 NEWBORN SIZED PURPLE HATS for the 2017 Iowa Click for Babies Campaign!

The goal of the CLICK for Babies campaign is to increase awareness and educate others about the Period of PURPLE Crying that all infants go through, how to respond to prolonged crying, and the importance of never shaking your child – all in an effort to prevent the shaking and abuse of infants.‘

The Iowa Click for Babies has a goal of 3500 hats each year.  Last year, TPP volunteers rallied and donated over 1500 NEWBORN size purple hats for this cause. This pushed Iowa CLICK for Babies way over their goal last year. We are positive that the power of TPP volunteers can help this wonderful campaign reach their goals again this year.

Please visit the Iowa Click for Babies Website to get the most up to date information.

You can find cute pattern ideas on the Click for Babies website.

-Hats must be at least 50% Purple

-Hats must be NEWBORN SIZE. Do not make preemie size

Hats should be about 14 inches diameter (13 to 15 inches)

Hats should be 4 to 6 inches long

-At least half of your hats should be “boy-friendly”.  Many will add stripes of blue, gray or green.  Purple football hats are awfully cute.

-Flower hats are still in big demand for the little girls

The official campaign for Iowa Click for Babies 2017 does not start until sometime late spring.  So, DO NOT send hats to Iowa Click for Babies.

We will finish the TPP “official campaign” for purple hats on April 1, 2017. That way you will have plenty of time to start Red, White and Blue hats for 4th of July.

Please mail your donations to
The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241

Do NOT mail the hats to Iowa Click for Babies