Did you hear about or take part in last year’s Craftsy community service sewing project? They had an incredible response, with blog readers sewing more than 250 NICU smocks to be donated to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital all using the Free EYMM NICU Smock Pattern.
This year, Craftsy (in partnership with the Music City Modern Quilt Guild and Craft Buds) is once again inviting readers to sew along with them and bring some cheer to families of babies admitted into NICU care at Vanderbilt!
Because of the wires and tubes babies wear in the NICU, normal newborn clothing is not an option. That is why I created the free NICU Smock sewing pattern that has been downloaded by thousands of people all over the world in the last 7 years. It’s encouraging for parents going through a difficult situation to be able to dress their baby in a handmade outfit for photos and for warmth.
Last year, readers sewed a variety of NICU smocks in holiday and everyday, child-friendly prints. Every little outfit adds up, and they were blown away by the number of readers who sent in not one or two, but 10, 20 or even 40 tiny little smocks! Each year, Vanderbilt’s Level 3 NICU admits over 1,300 critically ill newborns to its 104-bed facility. All this to say that we’d love to donate just as many smocks as last year, and any number of smocks you can donate will go to good use!
This charity sew-along runs from August 1, 2015 to November 1, 2015. This gives you three months to sew up one or more NICU smocks (each takes an hour or less to sew) and donate them to a great cause. No matter where you live, we’d like to invite you to join us in sewing for charity. You can find all the details over on the Craftsy Blog.