FREE NICU Friendly Smocks (Micro Preemie-Newborn)

Rated 4.96 out of 5 based on 103 customer ratings
(151 customer reviews)

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One of the most popular draws to EYMM over the last 5 years has been my free NICU Friendly Smock Pattern.  By popular demand I have gotten around to professional digitizing it AND not just in the 1 original ‘one size fits most’ size but in 4 different sizes for 1lb micro preemies up to 11lb newborns.  It also has links to where you can donate if you  don’t have a NICU looking for them near by.

I drafted this pattern 7 years ago after my cousin’s little boy Benjamin was born months early weighing in at 2lbs 8oz I searched everywhere for preemie cloths to fit! Babies less than 3lbs are considered ‘micro-preemie’ & you can actually find some stuff on the internet to buy made, but not many patterns.

So after looking at different things I drafted up a pattern for a NICU friendly preemie smock that fits a good range of sizes. When babies are in the NICU it really helps the parents to see their little ones wearing some sort of clothing. BUT with all the monitors & wires many clothes are difficult to get on, or they get in the way of the wires or the nurses… which is what makes these so great! 7 years later I have revamped it to include not just 1 but 4 different sizes!!!

I do not want to sell this pattern because I did not create it so people could make them to sell, or I could profit off of it, but instead to encourage people to help others out. For that reason this pattern is FREE FOR PERSONAL & CHARITY USE ONLY. This pattern, the pieces along with the instructions & photos, are copyrighted & may not be sold or reproduced without the written consent from the owner of Everything Your Mama Made & More! Feel free to link people back to this site where they can purchase it for FREE… http://www.eymm.com/product/free-nicu-friendly-smocks/

Description

Before sewing items to donate to the hospital (this or others) PLEASE contact them first & ask what they need… you may need to bring this in to show them before they can give you an answer. Some hospitals are very strict about what they can take. If you would like to help but don’t have a local hospital in need Gracie’s Gowns always has families in need! You can send them there & they will distribute them to NICU’s & families who would love them.

If you have, any questions feel free to send me a quick email or leave a comment Happy Sewing! Kymy Everything Your Mama Made & More!

***NOTE: Pattern piece C is flipped backwards on this file, we are working on updating it ASAP.  So either cut 2 mirror image for piece B or flip pattern piece C over before tracing/cutting***

SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS:

  • Micro Preemie 1-3lbs & up to 15″
  • Tiny Preemie 3-5lbs & up to 17.5″
  • NB Preemie 5-8lbs & up to 20″
  • Newborn 8-11lbs & up to 22.5″

MATERIALS:

  • 1/8 yard or more soft cotton fabric PREWASHED
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Tracing tool

YOU WILL ALSO NEED:

  • Printer
  • Letter Sized Paper
  • TapeThis is one of the few patterns I ask you NOT TO SELL.  I do not want to sell this pattern because I did not create it so people could make them to sell, or I could profit off of it, but instead to encourage people to help others out. For that reason this pattern is FREE FOR PERSONAL & CHARITY USE ONLY.*Free EYMM downloads do require you create a free account to log-in and download the files for file security.  This also allows us to send out any updates that are made.  Sorry for the inconvenience.*

151 reviews for FREE NICU Friendly Smocks (Micro Preemie-Newborn)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sue (verified owner)

    I made these for a lady who is expecting momo twins girl, I am so great full for being able to help to make these for her little girls. They are not born yesterday but mum is in hospital 29 weeks, they are going to be born @ 32 weeks if all is going well.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lori (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for sharing this free pattern in the multiple sizes and easy to understand directions. In 2001, I had twins born at 31 3/7 weeks. They had twin to twin transference and weighed 1 lb 10oz and 3lbs .8oz. It was a really challenging and hard time for us. It was fun to come to the NICU and see the boys in little outfits someone had made and donated. i was excited to see this pattern 15 yrs later and “pay it forward”. I made 10 lined smocks in a variety of sizes and patterns and donated them to a local NICU. Thank you for helping me help others.

  3. Louise (verified owner)

    Thanks for this free patten. I have a nephew i have made them for he us due another operation in march. These will be great fir the parents and staff. Thank you

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rae Matthew (verified owner)

    easy peasy super fast, super fit

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pamela (verified owner)

    I purchased this pattern for my Knit4Charities group. We are supporting an organisation called Ava Grace – No Footprint Too Small (you can find them on Facebook) as part of our Charity Calendar in May (2017) and they have asked up to make tiny smocks. Although I do not sew myself – I just dont have the time – I do have a lot of sewers in my group. Those who have used the pattern so far just love it. Thank you so very much for offering it as a Free pattern. We hope to give comfort to many parents with our donations made from it.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa V (verified owner)

    I have been searching for a NICU/preemie pattern for months. This one was free and very easy to follow. Thank you for providing it.

  7. Susan (verified owner)

    I made one of the micropreemie shirts for my sewing group to see. They are all very excited to take on this project. Thank you the pattern was so easy and sews in a jiffy.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Trisha C (verified owner)

    I made these for a great nephew who was born at 27 weeks. Because they didn’t reach him in time, there were donated to the hospital NICU. They were very grateful to receive them. They were very easy to sew and were adorable! I am very glad that other babies are able to use them. <3

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hannele I. (verified owner)

    Using this pattern in my hometown Espoo in southern Finland. Very useful, thank you for sharing it!

  10. Judy (verified owner)

    Great pattern! So excited to find this. My daughter and I make little things for our local NICU. This will be a good way for us to use up some of our flannel scraps! I make doll clothes and have lots of fabric left over big enough for these little shirts/gowns. Thank you for making the pattern available.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Thank you so much for making this pattern! One of my daughter’s closest friends has 10-day old twins born at 30 weeks. They are tiny, and the clothes that are premade are expensive to try to dress two of them! I am excited to be able to make them something sweet and adorable!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eithel Simpson (verified owner)

    At the request of my niece i made 4 of these for her friend’s preemie baby boy. She was thrilled

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Belinda Kennedy (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for this sweet patern. Making a micro preemie for a friends great grand daughter.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    debbie meloy (verified owner)

    Thank you for this pattern. Our church made these for a sew to serve project and they came out so cute!

  15. Teresa (verified owner)

    I tried it. Think I’m going to do it with a rolled hem next time.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marie (verified owner)

    First let me say thank you for sharing this pattern. There is such a need for NICU items. Our local smocking guild makes smocked gowns for the babies that don’t survive. The families REALLY appreciate them very much.
    I’m an experienced sewer. I’ve look over this pattern and directions and they seem fairly easy so I’m sure I won’t have any issues.
    Thank you again for sharing!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katie Fay (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for this pattern…I have made several and am donating them to the Chandler Regional Hospital in AZ. My first little boy was born at 4# 3oz many years ago and we could not find anything to fit him then 12 years later our baby daughter was born in the Chandler Hospital at barely 5# and was with us only 7 weeks but still we could not find anything to fit her. So it is with many memories that I am taking these wonderful gowns to the hospital so those little ones may be a bit more comfortable. Once again thank you, thank you, thank you, Katie.

  18. Stephanie (verified owner)

    Would this pattern work with flannel?

    • kymy (verified owner)

      Yes, it is actually designed with flannel in mind.

  19. Carol McCalla (verified owner)

    I have a shop on Etsy where I create unique infant & toddler fabric items but end up with small sections of fabric that are too small for regular size items. Although I have not completed any of the smocks at this time, Having looked it over carefully, I am convinced that they will be perfect for not only using up the small fabric pieces but would be a welcome addition to the NICU at our local hospitals. Thank you for providing this pattern. I will post photos once completed.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christina McCollum

    Thank you so much for sharing. I’m very excited to reach out to my community and start giving back.

  21. Hillary (verified owner)

    This pattern worked perfectly and I am a beginning sewer. Thank you for letting me use it without cost. My niece’s little girl was born at 3 lbs and two weeks later weighs 3.5 lbs. We are so thrilled.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Thank you for this pattern. I just delivered my baby at 24 weeks. I can’t wait to get home and make him a little outfit.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yotzabel Soekhies (verified owner)

    Very easy instructions to use

  24. Anna Platcow (verified owner)

    Thank you for sharing your talent. I’ve made a few for our local hospital and will continue to do so. I enjoyed being able to help these parents and their precious babies.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sonia (verified owner)

    Thanks for sharing these pattern, I have made several of them for a few hospitals in my community. The size is perfect for preemies.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pascale (verified owner)

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    I made the smallest one for my collegue who has an extreme premature baby. I took some ribbon in stead of velcro because I could not find the soft one. My collegue is very happy with this, she says it keeps her baby warm and he’s not exhausted when they put his clothes on.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pascale (verified owner)

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    I made the smallest one for my collegue who has an extreme premature baby. I took some ribbon in stead of velcro because I could not find the soft one. My collegue is very happy with this, she says it keeps her baby warm and he’s not exhausted when they put his clothes on <3

  28. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kary Alicea (verified owner)

    Pattern was very well thought out. It does need the updates. I also wish scaling was better but over all it is so nice to have something to give back. Thank you!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vicki (verified owner)

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    I have made many of these. Very easy to make.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacinda (verified owner)

    Love this pattern. It is so easy to make and works wonderfully for those little ones in the NICU!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tracey (verified owner)

    Thanks for all the effort you have gone to to supply this amazing little pattern. I can’t wait to start sewing and drop them off at the hospital. Keep up the awesome work

  32. Susan (verified owner)

    Thank you for providing this simple to make and sweet to have NICU top. The velcro makes it easy to use and having something made with love wraps the little one in hugs.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Heather (verified owner)

    I made some of these for a friend’s premie. She was thrilled with them. The nurses were really in awe of them too. Obviously no one makes and donates to hospitals here. Thank you so much for offer8ng this pattern free of charge.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa (verified owner)

    This pattern was simple , even for a beginner sewer.My new grand daughter is a micro preemie.These little smocks are so perfect.Thank you for sharing this pattern with all of us. I’m looking forward to making these little smocks for the knoxville nicu
    Thanks again
    .

  35. susan (verified owner)

    Thank you for freely sharing this pattern. Our church ladies are starting a sewing group and we are wanting to sew gowns for the deceased babies when the parents view them. They will then be able to take it home with them as a reminder of the precious life they held in their arms. Thank you for your kindness.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dee by the Sea (verified owner)

    My daughter works in the NICU at a children’s hospital. I have recently made a few of these for the NICU but have not yet delivered them. I plan to make many more for those precious wee babies that she works with.
    Thank you for this wonderful and easy pattern!

  37. Kinde (verified owner)

    Easy to make as clothing for deceased premies. I use boy-themed flannel prints and I’ ve recently added a pair of pull on pants, hoping to mimic pjs. Fathers prefer baby boys are not dressed in gowns that look like dresses according to NICU nurses.

  38. Lyn

    Unable to obtain the pattern for free; just keeps going in circles to different sites or stating no longer available site. Please help. Thank you. If you could send same to my email would truely appreciate as i make preemie items for our hospital; think these would be a hit…i’m a retired nurse who knits, sews & crochets. Thank you for your help & time in advance.

    • kymy (verified owner)

      Sorry I am just seeing this, your comment got marked as spam for some reason. You have to ‘add to cart’ and then check out. After you do that click ‘My Account’ and the download should be listed there.

  39. Birdie

    What do you mean by soft cotton? I am always afraid my fabric won’t be soft enough.

    • kymy (verified owner)

      If it is soft to the touch it should be fine. Some cotton blends are not, and feel kind of rough. I hope that helps!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anonymous (verified owner)

    These were so cute and easy to follow directions. The one part needs to be flipped, not sure why that hasn’t been updated on the file yet, but there was a print out on the very last page noting it needs to be flipped. I did not see that note until later, but once I figured it out, everything was fine. Thank you!

    • kymy (verified owner)

      I have had some health problems and have been working on a full update of the directions etc. but haven’t had time to finish which is why I added the additional note temporarily. Sorry for the inconvenience, hopefully I will have it finished soon!

  41. Tracy (verified owner)

    Looks great but I can’t find the free pattern link anywhere

    • kymy (verified owner)

      Sorry I am just seeing this, your comment got marked as spam for some reason. You have to ‘add to cart’ and then check out. After you do that click ‘My Account’ and the download should be listed there.

  42. Christine McKinney

    Hi, I would really like to obtain a copy of the nicu smock to make and donate some for the local hospital but can’t find out how to download the pattern. I must be having a dopey day.
    Can you please help me?

    Many thanks

    • kymy (verified owner)

      Sorry I am just seeing this, your comment got marked as spam for some reason. You have to ‘add to cart’ and then check out. After you do that click ‘My Account’ and the download should be listed there.

  43. Linda (verified owner)

    I am very excited to start making these for my 6 granddaughters due July 25 but will be taken C-Section around June 7.
    They will be first 6 identical babies split from 1 egg! Will be born in Dallas, TX 2018.

    • kymy (verified owner)

      That is crazy to have identical sextuplets!!!! I would LOVE pictures after they are born/doing well if mom is okay with that. These help so many babies all over the world, but since they are donated I don’t see many pictures on actually babies to share.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marcy (verified owner)

    I’m really excited about making them. Thank you for designing
    This and for sharing the pattern…God Bless you

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzan (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for this free pattern.
    One of my coworkers is expecting twins and they plan to take them early.
    I made two sets of matching NICU Smocks so far In coordinating double flannel.
    Even if the babies don’t end up in Nicu I think it will help mom and dad during those first few weeks to get them dressed.

  46. Linda (verified owner)

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I made quite a few of these in all three sizes and donated them to the NICU. They turned out really nice. The pattern was easy to follow. The hospital staff was delighted to get them.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura (verified owner)

    This is a wonderful pattern. I took a batch of these made in flannel, double sided (not reversible) to my local hospital and they were ecstatic. They had never received gowns like this and all of the NICU nurses were super excited to try them out and I received a thank you email, then a letter from the hospital’s “foundation” board, which handles the large money donations and things, and then I received another thank you card from the NICU nurses themselves!!
    I’ve made these in the past, and mailed them to out of state hospitals that request them, but I was floored by how much it meant to my local community hospital. 🙂
    Thank you!!

    • kymy (verified owner)

      That is simply wonderful to hear!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barbara (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for making this pattern available for free. I have made 40 of these for Newborns in Need. They stated that these little smocks are really appreciated by hospitals in Southwest Missouri. So happy that I can help out the littlest babies!

  49. Sherri

    This is an easy pattern to use. Thank you for making it a free pattern. I quickly put together 4 micro preemies outfits and moved onto a preemie outfit. Some of them I made a backing from flannel for my grandson.
    It was an easy way to use up some of my bags of scraps and it went to a good cause. Maybe when I retire, this can be one of my many projects.
    Thanks for sharing.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    LR (verified owner)

    I sew with a group of volunteers at Florida Hospital Health, Celebration, FL, and we ll love this sweet NICU smock. Thank you so much for providing it free of cost for these fragile little babies.

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