Baby Blanket Patterns to Make for Preemies

A crocheted baby blanket -
A crocheted baby blanket - "Striped Baby Afghan". Image courtesy of Amy Solovay

Baby blankets are a must for preemies, both in the NICU and at home. For the smallest preemies, we spread blankets, quilts, and afghans over isolettes as a pretty way to individualize beds while providing dark, quiet, and privacy. As preemies grow, we wrap them in blankets to keep them warm - especially during the transition from a heated isolette to an open crib.

Not only do baby blankets make a great gift for premature babies, many NICUs also accept charitable blanket donations.

The parents I've worked with love seeing a splash of color on their baby's bed - some have even been moved to tears by the generosity.

The Hobbies Guides at have collected many free patterns. Whether you love to knit, crochet, quilt, or sew, you should be able to find a free baby blanket pattern below. Happy crafting!

Baby Quilt Patterns

The following free quilting patterns will teach you to make a variety of baby quilts.

  • Pretty in Pastels: Made from Clay's Choice quilt blocks, the finished quilt measures 30" x 42".

  • Baby Blanket Patterns to Sew

The following free sewing patterns will teach you to sew a variety of baby blankets.

  • Small Fleece Blanket: Designed as a doll blanket, this tiny fleece blanket is a perfect coverlet for a preemie who's just moved into an open crib.

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