Saturday, February 21, 2009

Free Babies and Childrens Quilt and Sewing Tutorials, Patterns, and Links: Updated 2016

                                                             Baby Quilt Patterns

In honor of Project Linus Day, Feb 21, but in honor of all children, and all charitable projects for children... any and all days of the year: Make a blanket or quilt for a child and donate it to Project Linus.

To find a Project Linus Chapter near you, check out

If there is not a Project Linus in your area, consider starting a group. And of course, donate to any local hospital, or baby care project and mention your support of Project Linus and all of us who sew for babies and children, everywhere!

To find other charitable giving organizations for children, check out Quilts for Kids and Downy's Quilts for Kids Comfort programs ,AZ Blankets for Kids ,Wrap Them in Love,Sunshine Quilts , Margaret's Hope Chest, Binky Patrol and so many others. Any local hospital that serves children with special medical needs will almost have quilt donation programs.

 And for that, I have just added to my huge list of Free Quilt Patterns by creating a category of free patterns perfect for children. It also includes some doll quilts and patterns to be used for American Girl Dolls just for fun. This post is specifically for babies and children and includes a multitude of links for preemies and precious angel babies who leave us far too soon.

Please acknowledge my hard work by simply mentioning that my blog With Heart and Hands contains a post which links to over 2,500 Free Quilt Patterns that are continually being updated and have this special section   Free Quilt Patterns: Preemies, Babies and Childre


                          My Harmonic Convergence Quilt: Making it and Directions for Making it


Harmonic Convergence Fabric Calculator

I do my best to donate 25 quilts a year to charitable causes and most of those go to babies and children..the hearts of my own heart. And when I have a grandbaby of my own, of course I had to sew for her, for my children's friends children, and most of the time for babies and children that I don't know and probably will never meet.   It does my heart such good to create and to share and I know it will yours, as well!

No-Sew Fleece Blanket (optional pillow)

Directions for making and cutting fringe for a simple fleece blanket:

Crafting Time:1-2 Hours
Skill Level:No Experience Necessary
*Tip: if your fringe rounds and pulls at corners you are cutting the fringe too shallow. 
*For a baby blanket fringe should be cut 4" -5" deep and 1" apart. 
*For a teen/adult  blanket cut it  6" deep - 7" deep and 1" apart. 
This makes a much smaller blanket when finished but looks so much better. And 7" deep fringe creates a really elegant look! Makes a great gift for any age!!

Sizing for baby blanket: 36"x 36" / 45"x 45" 
Sizing for teen/adult blanket: width of fabric by 72" (buy 2 yards each/4 yds total)

  • Fleece: 2 yds each, print & solid
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat ( I prefer scissor cutting for this)
  • Tape measure
DIRECTIONS: Cut both layers of fleece at the same time.

1. Remove flat selvage edge if desired on both pieces.
2. Lay fleece wrong sides together. Cut a 4"-6" square from each corner of the fleece. (I make a cardboard square template of required size and use it over and over again for ease of cutting)

2. FRINGE: Cut 4" - 7" deep (depending on finished blanket size) into fleece at 1" intervals around all sides of top & bottom layers. Knot fringes together around blanket, using 1 strand from the front and 1 strand from the back. Double knot, but do not tie too tightly or it will bunch and be less attractive.


  • Fleece: 3/4 yd each, print & solid
  • 16" square pillow form
  • Rotary cutter & mat
  • Tape measure
DIRECTIONS: Cut both layers of fleece at the same time.

1. Cut 26"x26" from each piece of fleece. Lay fleece wrong sides together. Cut a 5" square from each corner.

2. FRINGE: Cut 5" into fleece at 1" intervals around all sides of top & bottom layers. Knot fringe pieces together around 3 sides, using 1 strand from the front and 1 strand from the back.

3. Insert pillow form. Finish tying pillow closed.

Make a Fleece Baby Play Pad..use alone or under a little play gym for floor play with baby!

 Fabric and Supplies: play mat ended up being 36" x 36" for a specific use area..but make yours as big as you like!

You'll need a piece of fleece for both front and back ..I used two different co-coordinating pieces

Plus a extra thick piece of batting..I used upholstery batt, but you could use multiple pieces of high loft poly depending on how thick you want it!

Stitch a seam all around , right sides together, keeping an eye on your design if its linear or has a pattern you want to maintain as mine did with this block lines of 'stitching'...

 Be sure to leave a 6" space you can go in and pull it back out right sides out again!

Then I inserted my thick own preference rather than including it in the stitching since mine was extra extra high loft from mulitple layers..I used one piece of upholstery batting sandwiched in between two pieces of regular, thinner poly batting.

Ta Da..a wonderful play mat, make one for baby and one for grammy's house too!

 My Own Free Tutorials for Baby Quilts, Blankets and Misc. Accessories:

I loved making all of these and you will too!!

  Shoo Flies, Don't Bother Me: 

My Own 'Whirlygiggles' Tutorial for a Pinwheel Baby Quilt



Streak of Lightning: A Totally Tubular Tutorial



String quilting Primers and Patterns





Liberated Heartstrings: Setting the Spirit Fre






The Luck 'O the Irish to You!


Streak of Lightning: A Totally Tubular Tutorial



The Simplest of Patches Baby Quilt...make it any way you like with patches!



With Strips and Strings!

  With String Piecing!

With Panels or Blocks! 


With Improvisational Piecing!




Tied Quilts and Comforter Debate:

Just a note on the "Are tied quilts okay to donate for small children and babies" debate and it's urban myth legend started by a simple book in 1935 that creates the false idea that babies 'choked' on the quilt ties. Really? So, if that were true...and it isn't...why do those same groups accept knit and crocheted baby blankets?

If your guild guild has these old fashioned issues..donate to ANY Project Linus group!!!

And I quote from their primary site on becoming a blanketeer:

  BlanketOur volunteers, known as “blanketeers,” provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. It is Project Linus' policy to accept blankets of all sizes, depending on local chapter needs. All blanket styles are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Always remember that blankets must be homemade, washable, free of pins, and come from smoke-free environments due to allergy reasons.

There you go! And if you live in Salem, Oregon, as I do..donate to Alexia's Cozy Covers where they accept all quilts and blankets to the same standards as Project Linus. That's how I got involved with both of these groups when my own guild guild had outdated specifications ;-)


 More of my own findings:

1-2-3 Quilt, Toddler *

A Day at the Calico Zoo Quilt
All-Blues Kids Quilt Pattern
Amish Bars, Toddler ~ Child
Anything Goes Scrappy Quilt
Angel Quilt Patterns
Applique Patterns
Applique Blocks for Elephant block Circus Tent blockJuggling Clown Zebra
A Tisket-a-Tasket

Baby Blocks, Infant
Bear Quilt, Infant to Child
Baby Flower Box Quilt
Baby (Valori Wells) Dreamy Quilt
Baby Quilt Patterns
Baby Quilt Pattern: The Ultimate BlankeyBaby,
Baby, Preemie, Double 4-Patch Quilt,
Baby Magic Quilt Pattern by Jeanne
Baby, Preemie, One Patch Quilt
Baby, Preemie Quilt, 1 Patch, 2 Borders
Baby Boots
Baby Coverlet
Baby MagicBaby Quilt - an easy fast project.
Baby Bunting a 12" block from the 1900's
Baby Flower Box Quilt
Baby Flower Box.pdf
Baby Valori Wells Dreamy Quilt
Baby Quilt Patterns
Baby Quilt Pattern: The Ultimate Blankey
Baby, Preemie, 9-Patch Quilt, 18”
Baby, Preemie, Double 4-Patch Quilt, 18” *
Baby, Preemie, One Patch Quilt
Baby, Preemie Quilt, 1 Patch, 2 Borders
Baby Quilt Pattern - Taking Flight
Baby Quilt: Tumbling Squares
Baby's Little Goslings
Baby's Busy Day Quilt Pattern
Birth Bear Baby Quilt Pattern
Bachelor Buttons (preemie sized)Quilt
Basket Quilt Patterns
Bazooples Storybook Quilt
Beginner Quilt Patterns
Bento Box Quilt Instructions
Big Bricks, Infant to Teen
Birth Bear Baby Quilt Pattern

Block Party, Preemie to Teen
Bordered Brick Quilt, Child to Teen *
Blossom Time
Blue Jeans Quilt
Boxy Stars Bricks & Stepping Stones
Building Quilt Patterns
Bug's on Parade
Buggles Diaper Bag FP 101 and Buggles Baby Quilt FP 102
Bullseye Quilt Block
Bunny Quilt
(My list of 27) Butterfly Quilt Patterns
Butterfly Circle
Butterfly QuiltButterfly Quilt Pattern
Butterfly Quilt Patterns
Cats (Tessalating) Quilt Pattern [PDF]Kool Kats Kwilt Pattern.psd
Cat Quilt Pattern
Cats Can't Stop Spinnin'
Center Panel Quilt, Child
Center Panel Quilt, Infant
Checkerboard Center Quilt, Version 1, Child
Checkerboard Center Quilt, Version 2, Child
Conversation Bricks Quilt, Child
Chinese Coins
Chunky Churndashes
Colorful Butterfly
Charity Baby & Preemie Patterns
Charity Quilt Patterns
Charity Quilt Strings
Charm Square Quilt

Checkerboard,Free Crib Quilt Pattern
Child Quilt Patterns
Child Quilt A to Z Blankets 4 Kids
Child Quilt Bear, Bunny, Butterfly and Cow
Child Quilt, Chicken, Duck, Elephant and Giraffe
Child Quilt, Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat
Child Quilt, Mallard, Owl and Penguin
Child Quilt, Pig, Raccoon and Sheep
Child Quilt, Squirrel, Turtle and Zebra
Chinese Coins
Circus Stars Quilt Pattern
Coming and Going Stroller(or car seat) Quilt Pattern
Corn and Beans
Crayon BoxCrumbs
Crazy Quilts
Curvy Nine Patch

Diagonal Strips Pattern

D4P, D9P, D16P,Disappearing Pinwheel, and Wacky and Wonky Variations

Denim Quilt
Dashing Dragons Quilt Pattern
Dolphin Dream Quilt Pattern
Disappearing Nine Patch (tutorial)
Dog Quilt Patterns
Doll and Baby Scottie Dog Quilt
Ducky Quilt Pattern

Easy Baby Quilt Patterns


Early 19th Century Medallion Quilt
Easy Quilt Patterns
Easy As A~B~C Blanket, Infant
Easy Blanket for Infant to Teen
Elephant Quilt Block to applique
Fastest Charity Quilt Top Ever
Fish, Frogs & Bugs
Four Block Brick Quilt, Child to Teen
Four Block Big Bricks, Infant to Teen
Free Baby Quilt Patterns
Free Crib Quilt Pattern: Mile A Minute Checkerboard
(Free) Dog Quilt Patterns Free Doll and Baby Scottie Dog Quilt
(Free) My List of Easter Quilt Patterns
Free Pioneer Nine-Patch Pattern

happy hearts quilt block...project linus
Click HERE to Download Happy String Flowers for Baby (.pdf)

Hearts, Bows & Ribbons
Framed Pinwheels Baby Quilt

Galaxy of Stars Quilt
Grecian Square
Guardian Angels Baby Quilt Pattern
Grandma's Choice Variation

Happy Blocks and Twisted Happy Blocks
Happy Scrappy Houses
Heart Block Patterns
Heart Strings Quilt Block Pattern Paper Pieced
Heart Quilt Pattern
Hidden Pinwheels
Hidden Spools
Hearts, Bows & Ribbons

*How To Make A Quillow

Home on the Range Quilt Pattern
Hugs & Kisses Baby Quilt

Illinois Roads Quilt, Child Lollipops [PDF]
Infant Snuggle Wrap
In the Pinks Baby Quilt Pattern
I Spy A Four Patch
In the Pinks Baby Quilt Pattern

Jig Swatches Puzzle Quilt Pattern

Kites & Pinwheels Quilt

Leftover Fabric Baby Quilt
Lollipops [PDF]
Log Cabin Doll & Crib Quilt Pattern
Log Cabin/Traditional Quilts
(Irregular) Log Cabin Quilt
Log Cabin Baby Quilt
Lucky Ducky Quilt Pattern

Making a Quillow

Mama Teddy Bear & Baby FP 104
Maverick Stars
Memory, Photo Quilts
Mermaid Quilt Pattern
Mine Shaft Free Quilt Pattern
More Than a Nine Patch
My Blue Heaven

Nine Patch Split
New Year’s Sparklers
Not Quite Bow Ties
Not So Scrappy Quilt, Child
Novelty Checkerboard Quilt, Child
Not So Much of a Trick

Ocean Waves
Ohio Stars & Rails
Oklahoma Backroads
Ohio Star
Out On A String!

Patches & Pinwheels
Patches of Scraps, Older Child
Patchwork Squares Quilt, Child to Teen
Picture Frames Quilt, Infant to Teen
Patchwork Novelty Quilt Patterns
Patchwork Quilt Patterns 

Play Box Crib Quilt 
3-D Pinwheels Baby Quilt

Puppy & Cats Quilt
Playing With Jacks
Pieced Basket Doll or Baby Quilt

Making a Quillow

Quilts with Hearts &Hearts on Quilts
Quilt Blocks
Quilt in a Day
Quilt patterns for American's Girl Dolls
[PDF]Quilts For Kids Nine Patch Quilt Strip Method with Two Borders
Quilting Passion Baby Quilts and accessories

Rag Versions of Child Quilts

Sapphire Stars (3 sizes)Quilt
Sashed Squares, Older Child
Scrappy Bricks Quilt, Child
Scrappy Center Quilt, Older Child
Scrappy Four-Patch Quilt, Older Child
Scrappy Rail Fence, Child **
Scrap Fabric Quilts
Scrap Quilts
Scrap Quilts
Scottish Stars Quilt
Scrap Saver Patterns


Serger Quilt as You Go Baby Quilt


Single Irish Chain
Simple Baby Quilt
Simply Strippy

Sloppy Stars.
Smokey Mountain Stars
Stardance Quilt
Star Struck
Stitched Scraps
Six (6) Hour Quilt
Snowman Quilt Pattern
Snowman Quilt Patterns
Snowman Free Pattern


Speedy Baby
Speedy Baby 2

Speedy Monkey
Soft Baby Blocks for Baby
Springtime Baby Quilt Pattern
Stained Glass Butterflies
Star and Heart Quilt Pattern
Star Flower Quilt
*String Quilting Tutorial and Patterns
Strip Quilt, Toddler to Teen
Sweet Baby Quilt Pattern *
Sweet Strips from All People Quilt
*Sunbonnet Sue Patterns

Sunbonnet Sue and Sam Quilt Pattern
**Sunbonnet Sue: Free Quilt Patterns
Sweet Dreams Quilt
Sweet Pea Trellis and Angel Wings Quilt
Tessalating Cats Quilt Pattern [PDF]Kool Kats Kwilt Pattern.psd
T shirt Quilt from All People Quilt
Take 5 Quilt Pattern Cutting Instructions pdf from accuquilt but works alone, as well
That's My Baby
The Scenes of Childhood Quilt Pattern
Trip Around the World Quilt, Child
Triple-Decker Quilt, Infant to Teen
Tumbling Squares Baby Quilt

Warm Wishes Quilt for Project Linus: free pattern pdf
Whimsical Windmills Quilt.
Wickedly Easy Quilts

Wiggles 'n Giggles Quilt & Pillow FP 103

Yo Yo Nines

AZ Blankets for Kids: ( (All AZ patterns are pdf downloads)
Preemie Blanket Instructions and Guidelines

Preemie, 9-Patch Quilt, 18” * (A Favorite of Nurses)

Preemie, Double 4-Patch Quilt, 18” *
Preemie, One Patch Quilt *
Preemie Quilt, 1 Patch, 2 Borders *
Preemie Quilt, Whole Cloth *

* = Easy
** = Intermediate

Children and Toddler to Teen Patterns:
1-2-3 Quilt, Toddler *
2 by 4 Quilt **
Amish Bars, Toddler ~ Child *
Baby Blocks, Infant *
Bear Quilt, Infant to Child **
Big Bricks, Infant to Teen *
Block Party, Preemie to Teen *
Bordered Brick Quilt, Child to Teen *
Center Panel Quilt, Child **
Center Panel Quilt, Infant *
Checkerboard Center Quilt, Version 1, Child **
Checkerboard Center Quilt, Version 2, Child **
Conversation Bricks Quilt, Child *
Denim Rag Quilt, Teen *
Easy As A~B~C Blanket, Infant *
Easy Blanket for Infant to Teen *
Four Block Brick Quilt, Child to Teen *
Four Block Big Bricks, Infant to Teen *
Illinois Roads Quilt, Child **
Modified Rail Quilt, Child **
Modified Rail Quilt, Teen **
Not So Scrappy Quilt, Child *
Novelty Checkerboard Quilt, Child *
Patches of Scraps, Older Child *
Patchwork Squares Quilt, Child to Teen *
Picture Frames Quilt, Infant to Teen *
Quick Quilt, Toddler to Child *

( How To Make A) Quillow

Rail Fence, Version 1, Toddler *
Rail Fence, Version 2, Child *
Sashed Squares, Older Child **
Scrappy Bricks Quilt, Child *
Scrappy Center Quilt, Older Child **
Scrappy Four-Patch Quilt, Older Child *
Scrappy Rail Fence, Child ** 

  Strip Quilt, Toddler to Teen *
Trip Around the World Quilt, Child **
Triple-Decker Quilt, Infant to Teen *
+++++++++++++++++++++++++Free patterns from

Hopscotch Baby Quilt Pattern

The Hopscotch quilt is easy to make, and even beginning quilters will assemble it with easy. Use this easy quilt pattern the next time you need a small quilt.

Rail Fence Baby Quilt Pattern

Use the Rail Fence baby quilt pattern to sew a patchwork quilt that's filled with color. This easy baby quilt is suitable for beginning quilters.

Broken Dishes Baby Quilt Pattern

Use my free Broken Dishes Quilt pattern to make this popular and traditional patchwork quilt. The quilt pattern also includes information to help you make multiple sizes of the Broken Dishes Quilt Block.

Baby Chains Patchwork Baby Quilt Pattern

Make a baby quilt version of my popular Cozy Chains quilt pattern. One of the hundreds of free quilt patterns you'll find at Quilting.

Baby Monkey Wrench Quilt Pattern

The Baby Monkey Wrench baby quilt pattern is an easy project, even if it's your first quilt. Complete instructions, accompanied by step-by-step illustrations.

Vintage Orchards Baby Quilt Pattern

An easy baby quilt pattern with a vintage look.

Stars Through the Windows Baby Quilt Pattern

Make this easy baby quilt pattern. Called Stars Through the Windows, it's a quick patchwork quilt that beginning quilters can make with ease.

Baby Propellers Quilt Pattern

Make the Baby Propellers quilt, just one of the many baby quilt patterns you'll find on Quilting at

Pretty in Pastels Baby Quilt

Pretty in Pastels is a baby quilt pattern made from 6-inch Clay's Choice quilt blocks.

Framed Nine Patch Baby Quilt Pattern

Make a Framed Nine Patch baby quilt with this free baby quilt pattern. This easy quilt pattern is beginner friendly -- so it's perfect for a first quilt.

Free Baby Quilt Patterns

Baby quilt patterns are tops in popularity, so I'm creating more of them each week. All of my free baby quilt patterns include detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations, making them suitable for quilters of every skill level. I hope you'll find a baby quilt pattern you love in the archives.

Springtime Baby Quilt Pattern

Make a pretty Springtime Baby Quilt from quilt blocks that finish at 6-1/4" square.

Double Star Quilt Pattern

The Double Star quilt pattern is suitable for children or adults. Change the fabrics to alter the theme of the quilt.

Darting Birds Quilt Pattern

Here's a baby quilt pattern with Darting Birds blocks placed on point.

All-Blues Kids Quilt Pattern

Got Blues is a monochromatic quilt that might be somewhat large for a baby quilt pattern, but it's a good size for a child's quilt.

Quick and Easy Road Trip Quilt

The Road Trip quilt is made from squares and rectangles, with color values arranged to give the quilt up and down motion. Its size makes it a good choice for a baby quilt pattern -- just change the theme of your fabric to make it suit a child.

Taking Flight Baby Quilt

This pretty baby quilt pattern is assembled by combining Birds in the Air quilt blocks with four-patch connector blocks, all on point and surrounded by borders.

In the Pinks Baby Quilt Pattern

In the Pinks is an easy baby quilt pattern with lots of visual texture. Not into pinks? You can change the quilt dramatically by choosing different fabrics.

Single Irish Chain Baby Quilt

Combine Single Irish Chain blocks with pre-printed panels to make a pretty baby quilt with lots of color flow.

Framed Pinwheels Baby Quilt

Try this easy framed Pinwheel Baby quilt pattern.

Easy Baby Quilt Patterns

These easy baby quilt patterns are perfect projects for anyone who's making a first quilt. Make this Sunshine & Shadows variation (or Trip Around the World) and it's cousin, the Baby Furrows quilt.

Rag Versions of Two Easy Baby Quilts

Go soft and frayed with rag quilt versions of both baby quilts described in the entry above.

Our Forum Members Make Comfort Quilts

Making comfort quilts is an important activity for thousands and thousands of quilters. A group of our forum members spent one evening at a quilting retreat making baby quilts for an international charity. It's easy to start your own charity quilting group.

Jigsaw Puzzle Baby Quilt Pattern

Super simple and colorful, the Jigsaw Baby Quilt is a perfect stash buster.

Whirlpools Baby Quilt Pattern

The Whirlpools baby quilt pattern is makes a wonderful scrap quilt.

Quilts for Babies and Children, Victorian Times to Present

Ohio Star

Split Rail

Irish Twist Chain

Quilt Patterns

All People Quilt Patterns:

To Add in from APQU:

Released by the designer for free download:

Baby Blocks Quilt Pattern
The finished piece measures approximately 37 X 43 inches. Download the two-page Baby Blocks Quilt Pattern as a PDF to print out the pattern.

Baby's Busy Day Quilt pattern

From squeaking to sliding, baby will be busy for hours with this fun activity quilt. This could be the new mom's best friend! The finished piece measures approximately 351/2 X 351/2 inches. Download the five-page Baby's Busy Day Quilt Pattern as a PDF to print out the pattern.

Birth Bear baby quilt pattern

What a wonderful way to commemorate the birth of a special baby! This heartwarming quilt is personalized with the baby's name, birth date, and weight cross-stitched in the design. The finished piece measures approximately 371/2 X 481/2 inches. Download the three-page Birth Bear Baby Quilt Pattern as a PDF to print out the pattern.

Home on the Range Quilt pattern

Bold western images of boots and cacti, lone stars, and ten-gallon hats give the Home on the Range Quilt Pattern its "mane" appeal. So saddle up and create this keepsake quilt today! The finished piece measures approximately 44 X 53 inches. Download the seven-page Home on the Range Quilt Pattern as a PDF to print out the pattern.
The adorable ducks featured on the Lucky Ducky Quilt Pattern wear their hearts on their sleeves! Each duck is framed in a log cabin border for added interest. The finished piece measures approximately 331/2 X 41 inches. Download the two-page Lucky Ducky Quilt Pattern as a PDF to print out the pattern.

Baby Talk
David Walker/Free Spirit Fabrics

Baby Toiles
Jone Hallmark/Free Spirit Fabrics

Preemie Patterns to try, courtesy of quilt group 'Quilter's Anonymous in Lynnwood, WA.

Ohio Star

Split Rail

Irish Twist Chain

Patterns from AZBlankets4kids:

Baby Sampler
Row by Row for Baby

Baby Bugs
Stuffies Quilt~ Ellie the Elephant

Stuffies ~ Gerome the Giraffe

Stuffies ~ Leo the Lion

Preemie and Bereavement Quilts

Shown above: my own simple 10" to 15" quilts with ribbons sewn on for ties. If you want the bottom to fold up as shown, make them a larger size or sew in another simple square section, folded into a triangle shape at one corner to make a little pocket-pouch.

Many websites offer a variety of fetal demise pouches, wraps, blankets, or simple quilts or garment. Mothers are often offended by the medical term of "Fetal Demise." Fetal Demise is technically a miscarriage, or a still birth, of a non-viable fetus or baby.

When a tiny baby is born before its time, and is too fragile to survive, usually during the second or early third trimester, there is still birth of the baby.. A loss of this kind is huge for the grieving parents to face, yet most of them still want to both see, and to hold, their tiny little infants. It is a very special part of that grieving process, of letting go of the dreams of what might have hold and to bond with their tiny little one.

What can be even harder is discovering that you have nothing to wrap or dress your tiny loved one in, as nothing will fit ,or is appropriate for the simplest of touches that are possible when holding, and saying goodbye. And so to have your little one passed to you in a rough, or not very attractive, piece of cloth only makes that awareness that much sharper and more painful.

Babies are wrapped up in simple tiny blanket like piece of cloth that most hospital provide. But if the hospital has them, a tiny little quilt or blanket.... made for this purpose by volunteers... can be wrapped around their little one for that holding, bonding, and saying goodbye, time.

Angel Wraps and Preemie Blankets + NICU Gowns

Free Patterns, Tutorials and Info on How you Can Help or Donate:

I have just recently made more than a dozen of these tiny little angel wraps and preemie blankets for this very purpose. And gone on to make a dozen more.

It was a deeply moving process for me as I made each and every one of them. I also make lots and lots of preemie quilts and blankets for donation.

My tiny blankets, quilts and wraps are quite simple. They range from as tiny as a 9" square to as large as a 14" one. But each is special and made with love.

Many websites offer a variety of ideas for extra tiny pouches, wraps, blankets, or simple quilts or garments for what is medically termed as 'fetal demise.' And while these words seem harsh to those who have never heard them before, they are simply what the end of life resulting in a still birth is often called.

The idea of a specially made little quiltlet created and made with love and compassion seemed like a wonderful gift to give to our local hospital, so I decided to spend a few days creating some in varying sizes and making a list of other ideas.

I found an assortment of links, files, and free downloadable patterns for a variety of blankets, quilts, pouches and wraps. But making a simple wrap can be as easy as making a simple 9"-12" blanket or quilt that can be tied to create a little pouch like shape for the tiniest of the tiny ones.Some can be tucked under at the bottom for the very tiniest and others can simply have a little half triangle pouch sewed into one corner or be left open to cradle the littlest of babies.

I simply cut two or there squares of fabric sized from 9" to 11". A third square can be folded in half and place as a triangle shape in one corner and sewn in a the same time, or it can be left open as an "Angel Cradle Wrap" as shown by mine, above. The one above is very small and I would add the corner pocket, or cut it more like 12".

I used very thin batting in between or a little piece of flannel, instead of batting. Several of mine are quilted, the others simply have a heart shape quilted on to bind the pieces together. Add some ribbons at the tying points and rosettes or other simple trims and you have sweet little wraps for the tiniest of little angels.

For those who like to use or simply view patterns here are links to free patterns, photos and clothing links for preemies of all stages and sizes. Mine are intended for little ones weighing about 1 lb and about 6" long...a truly sad and yet endearing thought filled with compassion for the losses that so many of us endure.

Adelaide's Angel Wrap

In memory of Baby Adelaide, who did not survive to birth, her mother shares: 

In memory of our angel Adelaide.  To download a pattern for this wrap click HERE
(this pattern and any items made using it are to be used for bereavement support purposes only and are not to be sold)

Angel Babies Free pattern links:

Bereavement,Christening Gowns,Blankets, Buntings, Pockets and Wraps

Angel Pocket Pattern
 Angel Dress (crocheted)
Beth's Burial Bunting -- knit bunting
 ♥  Memory Envelope

♥  Preemie Burial Gown

♥  Preemie Burial Wrap

♥  Angel Wing Bonnet

Tiny Quilts (one block) Patterns: 
Quilter's Anonymous in Lynnwood, WA.
Grecian Square
Ohio Star
Split Rail
Irish Twist Chain

In Remembrance

SEWING PATTERNS For Angel Babies, Preemies, Micro preemies, and onto into Baby sizes:

A friend shared this list for me. Obviously, some one else put it together, so my thanks appreciation to my friend and to the lovely person who found these links. Many are repeats to mine above, but still worth taking another look at it!

♥  Baby Bib (Snap-On)
♥  3-Seam Baby Footies
♥  Baby Blankets
♥  Burp Cloth, Rectangular
♥  Burp Cloth, Contoured .
♥  Burp Cloth
♥  Basic Baby Pants
♥  Beautiful Diaper Bag
♥  Drawstring Bag
♥  Easy Diaper/Tote Bag
♥  Knit Receiving Blanket & Hat
♥  Quilt
♥  Strip Quilt
♥  EZ Pre-Quilted Baby Blanket
♥  Hospital Shirt
♥  Hospital Gownl.
♥  NICU-Friendly Smocks
♥  Burial Bunting
♥  Memory Envelope
♥  Infant Peasant Dress
♥  Preemie Burial Gown
♥  Preemie Burial Wrap
♥  Angel Wing Bonnet s.

  NICU and PICU Babies:

Shirts, gowns, smocks, blankets, wraps,

and a 

Snoedel or Snuggle Doll


Making a Snoedel, Snoodle, Snuggle Scent Doll

Shirts, gowns, smocks, blankets, wraps

And for all all of the precious little ones who do make it, but face so many challenges in their lives after birth! All of us have been touched by a precious little one in our life, often someone very near and dear to our own hearts, that faces a myriad of challenges after birth. 

God Bless all of the families, all of the care givers, the doctors, the nurses and the surgeons who work tirelessly in heartfelt service to these little babies who have to fight so very hard to be brought to life, to live, and to face their lives when they do make it through birth, through surgery (s) and often have long recuperation periods both in special NICU or PICU wings of hospitals.  

 Miracles happen every day and what a blessing to families everywhere that surgical techniques have been invented in the past three or so decades that allow these tiny preemies or even full term babies to have their congenital issued corrected with wonderful new life saving techniques. It allows little mended hearts and bodies to survive, to grow, and to lead happy and often quite healthy lives.  

So don't forget to make special items for them! You can make anything from special little snuggle gifts that can be kept close to mama or daddy's heart and then kept close to baby in their little NICU or PICU isolette, to tiny NICU gowns with multiple and easy fastener openers to accommodate tubes and wires!

 Make them for your own loved one or to donate to any local hospital's neonatal care unit or to specialty hospitals like the Oregon Health Science Center/Dornbecher Children's Hospital that we have close by in Portland, Oregon.


 This, believe it or not becomes a tiny NICU shirt/gown for a little one! Use your imagination and see how this shape becomes the tiny garment below!!

Download the free NICU pattern here

This one below is from Pinterest,  I need to figure out where the original link came from and then I will add it in! But here is another version without the open side seams (which I personally like as simple softer pieces of velcro can tab them open or shut. But many babies could also use this version below, which velcro opens and closes at the shoulder seam!

Or if you prefer, one like this with side seams and a cross over that can cross on either or both interchangeably, sides!

 Need a pattern? Just use a garment of choice for shape and size and draw around it, to create an approximate piece! They should be loose, so no need for perfectionism of any kind. Just soft flannels,and the softer velcros. Some people like snaps, saying that velcro catches, well..snaps take a lot of pressure and its not easy with one hand under to push and one on there are choices you have to decide on for your own preference! But shop around and touch the velcro on the rolls, some are softer than others for the hooks and loops! And little simple ribbon ties work nicely, as well!


  NICU Craft Buds  

"These teeny, tiny NICU smocks are designed to fit babies weighing 3 to 5 pounds. When babies are in the NICU, it can really be a gift to the parents to see their little ones wearing some sort of clothing. (With all the monitors & wires, clothing is difficult to get on.) Make one to donate to your hospital’s neonatal unit."Download the free NICU smock pattern here

And from Project gowns and a free tutorials as showcased below but it its entirety here:

Project Linus: free sewing, knitting and crocheting patterns for babies 

link over to their own page as they have their own direct links to all you could want and need in one spot including!!!....

a listing for this, my own dear blog and website:

With Hearts and Hands
Yes, this is a blog site, but do not let that fool you! Quilter Michele Bilyeu has gathered a GIGANTIC listing of links to thousands of patterns that are sure to please any quilter! On her blog you will find great links on her 2,500 Free Quilt Patterns and Huge List of Free Quilt Block Patterns pages. She even has a blog entry in memory of Project Linus Blanket Make a Blanket Day held the third Saturday of February each year. This page is Free Babies, Childrens Quilt Patterns. This is one website you will not want to miss!

Thank you and bless all you do Project Linus!!!

Patterns from AZBlankets4kids:
Baby, Preemie, Double 4-Patch Quilt
Baby, Preemie, One Patch Quilt
Baby, Preemie Quilt, 1 Patch, 2 Borders
Block Party, Preemie to Teen
Baby, Preemie, 9-Patch Quilt, 18”
Baby, Preemie, Double 4-Patch Quilt, 18”
Block Party, Preemie to Teen
Charity Baby & Preemie Patterns

Sewn Blankets
Snuggle Tubes
Blanket Sleeper nb/preemie bib PDF
- pattern only

preemie cuddler PDF - archived

positioning shapee or 'snake'

nb/preemie booties PDF

10 min booties PDF
- pattern only

30 min booties PDF
- pattern only

preemie kimono for ICU PDF

serger preemie gown PDF pattern - archived

preemie sleeper PDF pattern

preemie shirt PDF
- pattern only

isolette cover
preemie mittens PDF - archived - pattern only

bubble cover archived

preemie gown PDF pattern

extra small boy gown

diaper shirt PDF

hospital shirt PDF pattern

day gown instructions (pattern below)

day gown - pattern PDF
preemie hat PDF pattern

preemie cuddler 2

preemie fleece hat

Refer here for size guidelines

Knit and Crochets Angel and Preemie and NICU baby patterns: Free Tutorials

(k)= knit

Ava Lynne Baby Hat (k)
Baby Bear Preemie Hat (k)
Baby Bowties Preemie Hat (k)
Basic Baby Hat (k)
Basic Knit Hat (k)
Basic Preemie Hat (c)
Basic Ribbed Baby Hat (k)
Button Flap Beanie - Preemie (c)
Crossed Texture Hat - Preemie (c)
Crossed Texture Row Beanie - Preemie (c)
 Easy Knitted Preemie Hat
 Preemie Quilt from Project Linus
Half-Double Crochet Preemie Baby Cap (c)
Incredible Expanding Gnome Cap (k)
Joann's Preemie Hat (c)
Juliet Hat (k)
Lightning Fast NICU and Preemie Hats (k)
Melinda's Ruffled Preemie Hat (c)
Preemie Rainbow Beanies (c)
Preemie Ribbed Beanie (c)
Queen of Hearts Preemie Hat (k)
Sewn Knit Fabric Baby Hat (s)
Stretchy Knit Baby Cap (k)
Patriotic Preemie Hats (k)
Butterfly Hat - Preemie (c)
Preemie Pumpkin Hat (c)
Apple a Day (k)
Baby Elf Hat (k)
Christmas Tree Hat (k)
Christmas Hat (k)
Preemie Baby Santa Hat (k)

Baby Quilt Pattern (s)
Easy Baby Quilt Pattern (s)
Easy Baby Quilt Patterns (s) 
Preemie Blankets (s)

Baby Blanket Pattern (c)
Four Square Preemie Afghan (c)

Snowflake Kisses Baby Blanket (k)
Teddy Bear Baby Blanket (k)
 Waffle Blanket (k)

Teddy Bear Square (c)
Teddy Lovey (c)
Thermal Stitch Preemie Blanket (c)

Burial Wraps

Angel Pocket (k)
Angel's Pocket (s)
Angel Wrap (c)
Angel Wraps (s)
Burial Pouch Pattern (c)
Fetal Demise Pouch (s)
Knit Angel Wrap (k)

Preemies Knit and Crochet

Receiving Blanket (s)

Basic Teddy Bear (c)

Bear Pair Teddy Bears (k)

Better Bear (c)

Brenda's Bears (k)

Buttercup Bear (c)

Cashew Teddy Bear (k)

Curly Teddy Bear (c)

Heartfelt Bear (c)

Polar Bear (c)

Smart Teddy Bear (k)

Teddy Bear (k)

Teddy Lovey (c)

Two Tone Teddy (c)

Jester Hat (A Preemie Project beginner favorite)
Michelle's Preemie Booties and Hat
Angel Lace Baby Cap
Mock Cable Baby Hat
Elegant, Simple Baby Blanket
Heirloom Knit Baby Blanketpresto! Preemie Hat
No Button Baby Booties

Crochet Patterns

Bev's Very Easy Preemie and Newborn Booties
Half Double Crochet Preemie Hat (A Preemie Project beginner favorite)
Bev's 5-Day Lovie (A Preemie Project favorite)
Crochet Edging on Flannel Baby Blankets

Diaper Pattern - all sizes
Teeny Tears small crochet diaper pattern - PDF File here

Teeny Tears crochet large diaper pattern

Large Kimono Pattern

Kimono Dress Pattern

Kimono Variations

Large Kimono Pattern w/ pictures

Medium & Small Kimono Pattern

Extra Large Kimono Pattern - goes with the TT Large diapers

Large Bunting Gown Pattern

Large Bonnet pattern

Medium (& small) bonnet pattern

Crochet Hat Pattern

Loom Knit Hats

No-Sew Hats - from Sew Much to Share

Bobble Blanket Pattern 

Jacob's Ladder Blanket Pattern

Basket Weave Blanket Pattern

Hidden Color Blanket Pattern 

Wavy Blanket Pattern

Headband Pattern - there isn't much need for these and sometimes they overwhelm the tiny baby heads - so we're working on phasing this pattern out.

Diaper Shirt Pattern - This is the pattern we started with. We are trying to phase out this pattern though since it fits only a limited number of babies. We are moving to making more of the kimono patterns.

Diaper Shirt Pattern with pictures - This is a pattern we started with. We are trying to phase out this pattern though since it fits only a limited number of babies. We are moving to making more of the kimono patterns.

Diaper Shirt with Dress & Ruffles pattern - This is a pattern we started with. We are trying to phase out this pattern though since it fits only a limited number of babies. We are moving to making more of the kimono patterns.

Embroidered Blocks Charity Quilt (E)
Embroidered Blocks Charity Quilt is very easy to make and it great if you would just like to embroider blocks for someone else to put the quilt together.  Here is the Link for you: Embroidery Block Charity Quilt Instructions


♥  Special Note 

You can donate angel wraps, blankets, gowns to any local hospital in your city. You can donate Preemie blankets and NICU gowns to any major hospital that supports special programs and donations.

Neonatal intensive care unit - Salem Hospital

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - PeaceHealth (Eugene OR)

And best of all, here in Oregon, we are blessed to have an amazing regional hospital that rival those in Seattle and Los Angeles. Our services all hospitals and states in our surrounding vicinity. 

Oregon Health Science University (OSHU)/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Doernbecher Childrens Hospital

I have been asked if others might help that do not sew for their own causes. And the answer is "of course you can!!!!" If you would like to help me as I sew for these special babies on a regular basis, you are welcome to make a small monetary donation to cover fabric or send soft flannels, ribbons, tiny embroidery appliques, to mail tiny items to me. If you have soft baby fabrics to pass on or trims, they are always welcome. If you do not have a personal outlet nearby, you are also welcome to donate your tiny wraps and I will donate them to hospital neo-natal centers for you.

Angel Wraps and Preemie Blankets + NICU Gowns
c/o Michele M. Bilyeu
6140 Lk. Labish Rd. NE
Salem OR  97305

Every child, born or unborn is precious, your donations help me to continue to inspire others and to make items for donation. Bless you for asking about donations. My donations all go to Oregon outlets unless they are specially requested.

If you are willing to have your donation shared here, publicly,  on my blog, please let me know via a little note. Thank you.


And from Project Linus: My Own "With Heart and Hands" Listing

Free Babies, Child's, Preemies Quilt Patterns

And of course, this page:

And from Project Linus:

Easy Preemie Quilt

My complete List of Preemie, Baby and Children's Quilts:

Free Babies, Child's, Preemies Quilt Patterns

Not yet alphabetized:
♥  Baby Bib (Snap-On) — This links to a tutorial that is easy to follow and very cute!
♥  3-Seam Baby Footies — This links to a pattern for baby shoes/footies.
♥  Baby Blankets — Blankets of various sizes.
♥  Burp Cloth, Rectangular — A tutorial for making a simple burp cloth.
♥  Burp Cloth, Contoured — Simple, cute tutorial and pattern for a contoured burp cloth.
♥  Burp Cloth — A tutorial for making a simple burp cloth by Early Buds.
♥  Basic Baby Pants — A tutorial and pattern for a pair of baby pants.
♥  Beautiful Diaper Bag
♥  Drawstring Bag
♥  Easy Diaper/Tote Bag
♥  Knit Receiving Blanket & Hat
♥  Quilt
♥  Strip Quilt
♥  EZ Pre-Quilted Baby Blanket .
♥  Hospital Shirt
♥  Hospital Gown
♥  NICU-Friendly Smocks
♥  Burial Bunting

If you would like to join in, online, with a group that does this special work:

 please check out this group and think about joining in and making some tiny little donations of your own:


Refer here for size guidelines

EXTRAS: Bib, burp cloth and other free patterns:

Free Baby Bib Pattern with Paper Piecing Center
Baby Breakfast Bib Tutorial

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial by Finn, Pieces from My Scrapbag
How To Make A Burp Cloth Tutorial
Overhead Baby Bib
Baby Sling Tie Baby Bib
Moda Bake Shop: Baby Burp Cloth and Bib Tutorial
Button Shirt to Toddler Dress
Chenille back blanket
Dog Applique Onesie
Felt Baby Shoes
Itty bitty Baby Dress
Diaper Changing Pad
Soft Baby Blocks
Ruby Soft Doll
Nursing Cover
Another Nursing Cover
Childs Pool Robe
Bitty Booties
Cloth Baby Shoes
Fabric Bird
Fab Fifties Bib
Childrens Apron
Baby pants from recycled sweater

Crib Rail Cover
A Simple Tie-on Idea for a Stroller Quilt and/or a Cute Quilt Pattern Tutorial


Making a Snoedel, Snoodle, Snuggle Scent Doll


Misc Baby Items:

Baby Nursing Cover-Up Apron Tutorial

Free Baby Snuggler Patterns and Tutorials

A cross between a blanket and something like a baby sleeper depending on the pattern. So popular now, often made in gauze but so lovely in anything from soft flannel for summer, to cotton knits for fall, to baby micro fleece for the winter months:

Thanks to Lotta Jansdaugher for sharing this online!!!!

And some just for baby fun extras to make and tuck in with a gift:

Baby Animal Hats Tutorial with Pattern: from Moth and Sparrow

The baby animal hat patterns are here! You can download the pdfs for the owl, the fox or the raccoon. When you print the pdf, make sure you select "none" in the page scaling drop down menu.

Free huggies and snuggles softies patterns to make for others:

Making a Snoedel, Snoodle, Snuggle Scent Doll

Click on the name to go to the site and get your free pattern.

And from Purl Bee:

Project Linus was so nice about my lists! And yes, Iam proud to make and donate quilts to many causes but this was so nice to discover:

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!


  1. Whew! I finally managed to get the widget in my sidebar. Thanks for a great list!

  2. I DO love your work. I mentioned you on our local Project Linus website as a blogger to watch. You are so thoughtful. Thank you for all this work. I will try to add your widget. You are also on my blogs to watch list. Thanks!

  3. HI Michele,
    Wow what great lists that you have created-
    I have wrote about your lists in today's post so I thought perhaps you might want to check it out.

    I love your new header- it is such a great visual of your name for your lovely blog.


  4. You're so generous Michele. It's fun just going through the list and seeing what's new.
    By the way-for a small price we will come and serenade you during dinner-talk about a quick weight loss method!!

  5. Awesome list! Thanks for all your hard work,and being so generous!

    does anyone know of a free baby warm wishes pattern,for a beginner? (not for me, i am helping a beginner with a quilt)

  6. Anonymous1:14 PM

    No wonder your blog is listed as among the top 20 sites for quilt patterns for children and babies!

  7. Anonymous5:53 PM

    This is the most amazing list of free patterns for children that I have seen on the entire Internet! Thanks so much!

  8. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Thank you for this site!

  9. Anonymous2:03 AM

    My goodness what a blessing you are! ife for me is now a heap easier and more interesting as I try to fit all this into my life. Thank you so much. Helen B

  10. Your way to enlighten everything on this blog is actually pleasant, everyone manage to efficiently be familiar with it, Thanks a great deal.


Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.