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.


Knit and Crochet hats for The Preemie Project

The Preemie Project does NOT need plain knit or crochet  hats, newborn or preemie sized, for use in Iowa NICUs.  Please limit hat donations to those for our Holiday and Special Donations

The hospitals we support receive too many regular hats, newborn and preemie sized. They have asked that we NOT donate plain hats to them.  But, they LOVE to receive hats for holidays from TPP.

As you plan your knitting and crocheting for the upcoming holiday season and new year, please limit hat donations to those for our Holiday or Special Event Donations. Refer to our Event Calendar for all the information about our upcoming donations. You may donate for any holiday at any time during the year.


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!

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!!


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!


NICU Bedding Workgroup

Please join us for a relaxing day of sewing “For the babies”!. We will need both sewers and non-sewers.

What: The Preemie Project NICU Bedding Workday

WHEN: Saturday March 25, 2017
8:30: Setup
9:00 – 4:30 pm: Workgroup
4:30 pm-5:00 pm: Cleanup

WHERE: Solon Public Library
320 N. Main
Solon, IA

NOTE:

We have a LOT of work to get done We have piles and piles of fitted and flat sheets to sew.  Would you consider coming to help?

 

We will bring some lemonade and iced tea.

 

Please email info@thepreemieproject.org to let us know if you will join us for the afternoon. Tell us if you will bring a sewing machine. We need to know how many chairs to set up.

SEWING SKILLS ARE NOT REQUIRED!