Preemie Clothes to Make at Home

Free Knitting, Crochet, Quilting, and Sewing Patterns for Preemies

Making preemie clothes can be a wonderful way to show your love for the preemies in your life. It is a thoughtful gift that crafters love to share and the small size makes them easy to create.

Preemie clothes are smaller than regular baby clothes and most of these projects can be created in one night. Hats and booties are great gifts that the new mom will find useful right away. Blankets can be larger so they can be used as the baby grows.

Be sure to choose a soft yarn for baby's delicate skin.

Whether you are knitting a set of hats for the triplets a loved one is expecting or making preemie quilts to donate to your local NICU, you will find the perfect pattern in the links below.

Preemie Hats to Knit and Crochet

A newborn infant girl (age 3 weeks) wearing a homemade knitted hat, while being held by her mother.
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All preemies, even the smallest and sickest babies, need a soft hat to keep their head warm. A handmade hat is a perfect place to begin your preemie projects.

Knit and crochet baby hats are some of the quickest and easiest projects. You might want to make a set at different sizes so the preemie has a supply ready as they grow.

Reasons to Knit or Crochet Preemie Hats

  • Preemie hats make a wonderful gift for parents of new preemies. 
  • Moms-to-be who find themselves on bedrest will find that knitting or crocheting a few hats is a good way to keep their hands busy.
  • Most NICUs gladly accept donated preemie hats to give to their babies.

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Baby Blankets to Knit, Crochet, Quilt, and Sew

Baby blankets are a must for all babies and especially for preemies in both the NICU and at home.

In the hospital, the isolettes of the smallest preemies are covered with baby blankets, quilts, and afghans 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.

Reasons to Make a Preemie Blanket

  • Baby blankets often remain a treasured possession for children through many years.
  • NICUs accept donations of blankets for preemies and it is a great way to give back.
  • Designing blankets is fun and the small size let's you play without being tied into a big project.

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Baby Bibs and Baby Booties to Knit and Crochet

It can be hard to find clothes for preemies and NICU babies that don't interfere with IV lines and monitor cords. Baby booties are one-size-fits-all items that even sick preemies in the NICU can usually wear.

Baby bibs are also useful, especially once baby starts to take feedings by mouth.

Reasons to Make Preemie Booties and Bibs

  • These are simple projects and once you get the pattern down, you can work up a few pairs in a single night.
  • It is a perfect way to use up your yarn stash.
  • They are just so cute!

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