General Crafting Guidelines

These guidelines were developed to meet the needs and requirements of the hospitals we support. Please see each individual TPP program to find more detailed information about crafting for our programs

Third Hand Smoke Policy

In accordance with hospital policies, items from smoking homes will not be donated to hospitals for use in the NICU.

Research has proven that tobacco and tobacco smoke clings to furniture, clothes, walls. This is called “third-hand smoke”. “Third-hand smoke” cannot be adequately washed out of fabrics and thus raises the risks for many illnesses in children. Please see the March of Dimes website for more information.

Materials

  • Fabrics and yarns must be very soft and machine washable
  • Acrylic yarns are best; cotton yarns are acceptable but tend to work up too stiff for tiny babies.
  • Please, no wool or pompadour yarn.
  • Do NOT use old yarn. Yarn can become dry and brittle with age.
  • Do NOT use “eyelash yarn or other similar yarns. The strings can tangled in equipment.
  • Do NOT use worsted weight yarn for tiny hats or for any blanket for our bereavement program. See list of suggested yarns.  
  • Try our “Scratch Test” when choosing yarn or fabric. Rub the yarn/fabric on the inside of your forearm. Compare it to a super soft yarn like Bernat Softee Baby. If it feels scratchier, it is too rough to be used to make preemie items.

Colors

  • Bright and pastel colors are most requested for the NICU.
  • Boy items are always in highest demand.
  • For our infant bereavement program, please use only white or soft pastel solid colors.
  • Do NOT use variegated yarns, multiple colors or dark/bold colors for items for infant bereavement.

Measurements

See our Measurement Guide.

Hats: Verify that the length and width of hats fall within the same size category so they fit properly.

Hat/Bootie Sets: Check the measurements to confirm that the sizes for both items fall within the same size range

Bereavement Gowns/Dresses/Sleep Sacks:

Blankets:  Refer to the Knit and Crochet Blanket for Bereavement Packages. We do not have a need for any blankets other than those for bereavement

TPP Mailing Address

The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court 
Coralville, IA 52241 

Try our “Scratch Test” when choosing yarn or fabric. Rub the yarn/fabric on the inside of your forearm. Compare it to a super soft yarn like Bernat Softee Baby. If it feels scratchier, it may be too rough for use for items for NICU babies

Preparing Your Donations

  • Please wash soiled items with unscented detergent before sending.
  • Do not use fabric softener
  • Don’t forget to weave in your ends on knit/crochet items!
  • Package each hat/bootie set for the NICU in a separate ziploc bag.
  • Bereavement and NICU bedding items do NOT need to be in separate bags. Put all items in a large plastic bag to keep them clean in the event of a post office mishap.
  • For a sewn item, double check for pins; clip all loose threads.
  • Include a Donation Tag. Do not attach the donation card with yarn or safety pin. Just include it in the bag with the item.
  • We log all donations. If sending a large donation, a written inventory of your items is very helpful.
  • If you would like feedback on the items you sent, please include an email address.

Mail or drop off your donations at:

The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court 
Coralville, IA 52241 

NOTE: If you are local, you can drop off items at the above address. Just put the items in a closed plastic bag and leave on the front step. Please include contact information so we know who to thank.

Reviewed/Updated: 12/21/18