As most of you are aware I have been working to donate items to local Labor and Delivery units as well as NICUs for babies that are stillborn or die shortly after birth. The items that will be donated are for babies that are too tiny to wear traditional or even preemie clothes. Commercial diapers don't come this small. Having something that is made special for your baby when you are going through something no parent should ever have to experience is incredibly touching and heartwarming. It brings a smile to your face and heart in the worst and darkest moments of your life. Then to know that someone took the time to make two of them so that you could keep one and your baby didn't have to go without, well that's just icing on the cake.
I am super excited to announce that our first sewing day is planned for September 22. I can't wait to get together with other people to work on this project that is so dear to my heart. We will be making Teeny Tears Diapers, blankets, and hats that day. Here is a picture of an example of the items that will be made. Each family gets two identical items of each. One for the baby and one for the family to keep.
All levels of ability are welcome. There is something that everyone can do. We need people to trace and cut out patterns, iron fabric, trim and flip diapers, pin diapers when they are done, bundle items together, sew, etc. If you have a sewing machine please bring it. Please also bring scissors to cut fabric, scissors to cut paper, size 2 safety pins, ribbon (like for wrapping presents), gallon size baggies, white thread, and fabric. The diapers are made out of flannel, the hats out of jersey knit and the blankets are made out of cotton on the front and minky flannel on the back. Please let me know if you are planning on attending. 1 yard of flannel fabric can make about 8 large and 6 small diapers. That will help 7 grieving families. The cotton and minky fabric can make multiple blankets depending on the size. The blankets are 10"x10", 12"x12", 15"x15" and 20"x20". These size blankets will fit a baby from about 14 weeks to about 30 weeks gestation. Since the hats are super tiny and take almost no fabric a yard of jersey knit will make quite a few. I've never actually counted how many I can make out of a yard.
Here are the details for the first sewing event!
When: September 22, 2012
Time: 1pm-4pm, come and stay as long or as short as you can, all help is appreciated
Where: First Baptist Church, Belton, TX Room 124
Who: All people are welcome. Children can even help pair items together and place in baggies.
Please let me know if you plan on attending. If you can't come that is ok. Please keep us in your prayers as we plan and orchestrate this event. If you would like to donate materials or monetary funds we would appreciate that as well.