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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Angel Wraps , Gowns, and Preemie Blankets + NICU Gowns: Updated 2022

Angel Babies

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, Preemie and Micro 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 Heart Baby Wrap


Angel Babies Free pattern links:


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

Angel Baby Programs:

Making angel baby gowns from wedding dresses;


Angel Pocket Pattern
 Angel Dress (crocheted)
Beth's Burial Bunting -- knit bunting
Betsy Dey's Fetal Demise Pouch -- knit
Knit Burial Bunting
Ruth's shell Burial Bunting -- crocheted
Angel Wrap
Burial Gown

Burial Wrapper

Jenny's tiny knitted burial gown
Gown for Baby Born Asleep
Long Kimono with Cap -- crocheted
Newborn Angel Gown Set -- crocheted
Debbie Preemie Kimono
Preemie Kimono
Fetal Demise Pouch

Crocheted Granny Square Pouch:

Sewn Pouch:

Sewn Pouch:

Washcloth pouch with crocheted edge:

Satin Burial Wrap: (size small and x-p)

Fetal Demise Pouch 1

fetal demise pouch 2

burial gown and bonnet PDF pattern
- pattern only

preemie burial gown PDF

angel's pocket

bereavement gowns PDF pattern
- pattern only

burial wrap PDF

boy’s internment outfit 

Bereavement Bunting/Gown and Bonnet Instructions

 Bereavement Bunting/Gown and Bonnet Pattern

 ♥  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




Tiny little diapers for angel babies.

  click here to download the pattern

Additional lovely patterns, knit or crocheted


 Angel Babies Outfits Info from "Love You More Than a Bus"


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 Gown

♥  NICU-Friendly Smocks

♥  Burial Bunting

♥  Memory Envelope

♥  Infant Peasant Dress

♥  Preemie Burial Gown

♥  Preemie Burial Wrap

♥  Angel Wing Bonnet 

NICU and PICU Babies:

Shirts, gowns, smocks, blankets, wraps,

and a 

Snoedel or Snuggle Doll

Making a Snoedel, Snoodle, Snuggle Scent Doll

A 'snoedel' is a small soft fabric 'handkerchief' doll originally created by a Dutch woman wanting a small doll for her premature infant. Today, they are a wonderful way to quickly create a small soft doll that can be kept close to a babie's mother to pick up her scent and then placed near baby--offering reassurance that mama is near.

Popular in major Children's Hospitals for newborns or seriously ill children, they are a wonderful way to keep mom close even when she is unable to physically be holding her baby.


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.

February is National Heart and Heart Disease Month! Make and donated in honor and memory of loved ones.


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 underneath  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:

NICU Gown Tutorial

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!!!

Blanket Measurements

  • Tied Fleece Blankets: Use two pieces of fleece that are 1 1/3 yard each. The blankets need to be large enough to cover an incubator. Here is a great pattern.

  • Quilts: should be large enough to be used for "Tummy Time" when the baby goes home.

  • Knit and Crochet Blankets: At this time, the only knit and crochet blankets needed are WHITE blankets for our infant bereavement program. Blankets sizes needed are from 15 x 15 inches up to 36 x 36 inches.

  • Sewn Blankets: Use two coordinating pieces of soft colorful flannel (40inches each). That will make a blanket that is about 40 X 42. Find the pattern here

Hat Measurements

The following are some specific hat measurements in each size category. You will notice that we ask for the hat measurements to be 1.0"-1.5" smaller than the head circumference measurements for each size category.
This is due to the fact that the hats will stretch.

1–1.5 lbs 2–3 lbs 3–5 lbs 6–8 lbs 9–11 lbs
Hat Circumference 7.5" – 8.5" 8.5" – 10" 10" – 12" 12" – 12.5" 13" – 14"
Hat Length (height) 3" – 3.25" 3.5" – 4.0" 4" – 5" 5" – 6" 6" – 6.5"

Garment Measurements Guide: Size Categories by Pounds

Size categories?
1–1.5 lbs 2-3 lbs 3-5 lbs 6-8 lbs 9-11 lbs
9" - 10" 11" - 12" 12" - 14" 15" - 17" 18" - 19.5"
Garment Length 11" - 12" 12.5" - 14" 14.5" - 16.5" 17" - 18" 19" - 20"
Wrist to Wrist 11" - 12" 12.5" - 14" 14.5" - 16" 16.5" - 18" 18.5" - 20"
Bottom of Neck (circumference) 2.5" 3" 3.5" 4.5" 5.5"
8.0" - 9.25" 9.75 - 11" 11.25" - 12.75" 13" - 14" 14.5"
Bootie and Sock Length (length from heel to toes) 1.75" - 2.25" 2.25" - 2.75" 2.75" - 3.5" 3.5" - 4" 3.75" - 4.25"

Updated 1/11/2016
Thank you to the Preemie Project dot com

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 

No Button Baby Booties

Crochet Patterns

♥  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 

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

My other "With Heart and Hands"

links for babies and children projects, tutorials and fee patterns:

Sewing for Baby: Creating a Modern Baby Layette

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

Angel Wraps and Preemie Blankets + NICU Gowns: Updated


 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!