Sunday, November 16, 2008

Newborns in Need

Earlier this year I started sewing for a charity called Newborns in Need . This is a national organization providing items to families in need who have newborns. This includes burial outfits for the tiniest ones that leave this earth too soon. Also, we provide blankets and clothing for preemies and newborns staying in the hospital and those from families with financial needs. The local chapters of NIN make and gather donations then give them to hospitals to distribute. Our chapter meets once a month to sort items, share ideas and make things. You can find a local chapter on the website and find out how you can help. I do this because I believe every baby deserves clothes that fit and a warm blanket.

Here are a couple of preemie shirts I have made:

One of the ladies from the group taught me how to use my serger to make the t-shirts and baby sleepers. We have a lot of fabric that is donated to us and we do our best to find a cute way to use it. The diaper shirt shown above has velcro on the sides and the front so it easier to use on babies in ICU. There are free patterns on the NIN website for sewing and crochet items.
Please take a moment to check out the website to find out what they do. There are also other groups out there that provide some of the same services, so if there is not an NIN chapter near you do some googling to find who is doing this in your area.

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