Monday, March 2, 2015

Charity Sewing

Twice a year our local guild ~ Music City Modern Quilt Guild  has a charity sew.  We take the entire meeting and then some, to sew little tiny smocks for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital NICU.  These smocks are a way for us to give back to our community and to hopefully make a serious situation just a little bit more pleasant.  They are designed to go on easily and fit 3-5 lb. babies.  

The pattern is available on Craftsy ~ NICU Smock 

These smocks are so very small, cute as can be and they can be a challenge to make! 

The outside is cotton with a soft and snuggly flannel on the inside.  Our last Charity sew was right before Christmas, so we made a pile of Holiday smocks.  

There isn't much to putting these together.  Sew the shoulder seams and then stitch around the outside leaving a section to turn them right side out.  The toughest part about making these would be turning them!  It's a little challenging and I may have swore a time or two!

Once they are turned and ironed, we topstitch and add a couple of pieces of velcro.  

I wanted to finish these up for our last meeting, but we were having some crazy ice/snow weather (seems like everyone was) and had to cancel our meeting.  

I cannot imagine what a parent goes through having a baby in NICU. Thankfully there are many amazing hospitals that give these little ones a fighting chance.    



  1. What a sweet pattern and charity work. I'm going to add these to my list of charity items I'd like to complete. I want to do more charity sewing but it's a lot easier to do with the support of other do-gooders.

  2. What a great idea! And they are adorable, too!

  3. My son was in the NICU unit at Vanderbilt for 32 days (considered short term) I would have loved to have had him wrapped in one of these. I am sure each and every parent appreciates each one you make and the love sewn with every stitch.

    1. I look forward to making these charity smocks, even if they are hard to turn right side out! Knowing where they are going makes it all worth it. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  4. How kind of your group! Charity sewing always leaves us wondering who will receive our gift, and what will they think. I think your cheery fabric will put a smile on a parent or grandparent that might need that little extra bit of hope and faith. I'm sure it's been stitched in there for them.


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