35+ Preemie Baby Sewing Patterns & Projects

preemie baby sewing patternsDo you know someone who just had a preemie baby?

If you do, here's a great way you can help by making some preemie baby clothes for the new mother and baby.  Neary 10% of all babies in the US are born prematurely so it's a pretty common problem and unfortunately, it's becoming more common.

This is a topic that's near and dear to my heart.  My daughter Samantha was a preemie and born 12 weeks early.  That's her picture below.  Thankfully, she's now a strong and athletic 16-year-old, but at the time it was pretty stressful for us all.

At the time, it would have been enormously helpful to have had some appropriately-sized preemie baby clothes.  No one really plans for a preemie baby, so the family is rarely prepared.  All the clothes we had bought for Samantha were way too big.


As the baby progresses, there are a few other things that you might consider sewing.  One of our most popular patterns is the Perfect Baby Burp Cloth.  We also have a terrific baby changing mat pattern, and a crinkle ribbon toy for babies, and even an insulated baby bottle cover that would make great gifts for the new family.

The perfect Baby Burp Cloth pattern

Preemie Baby Sewing Patterns & Projects

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15 Responses to 35+ Preemie Baby Sewing Patterns & Projects

  1. Diana says:

    HELP…. The X FRONT shirt with ribbon ties has got me stumped. I sew the sleeves as per directions, but for the love of me, when I get ready for the seams, they seem to end up on the inside. I am making this for my niece who just had a micro Preemie l. Just made the pinafore dress without the buttons, but I’m stuck with the X Front shirt.

  2. Helen says:

    Imam goad zi found these patterns as I am making some sleepers for a friend,BUT what seam allowance is used. It does not say on the pattern or the instructions.

  3. Lucy Collins says:

    The patterns all seem way too big – even though I’ve printed at 100% – and there are no scale checks on them.

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  5. Marie-Ange Desrosiers says:

    My Pastor’s wife is expecting twins. They will have to be born early because of problmes with the Mom. The Church ladies are going on a Premie Sewing Spree.

  6. michele dulude says:

    when my 1st grand-daughter was born I used doll’s clothes pattern to dress her. She weighed 5 pounds at 37 weeks of pregnancy.

  7. judie roberts says:

    These are wonderful. I wish that they had been available when my granddaughter was born at 23 weeks and weighed 1lb 9 oz. 700g. I used Tiny Tears doll patterns with loads of press studs to allow all the drips and wires. She is 24 now and a big strong woman.

  8. Jullia Mason says:

    When I was pregnant with my oldest son, I could have used these patterns. My son was not a premature baby but he had a preemie baby weight. He was born weighing 3 lbs, 7 1/2 ozs . But he was not premature because he could maintain his own body temperature.

  9. Sandy says:

    JoAnn, perhaps WHWB=warm hearts warm babies…the site from which the pattern originates?

  10. kathleen andrews says:

    I belong to a group called SAGA. We keep the traditions of smocking and heirloom sewing alive and well. Our most important charity is WeeCare. Every baby and their families deserve at least one beautiful outfit no matter how tiny they may be. Working with neonatal units, we provide beautiful items for these families. I am sure some of these patterns can be adapted and used for these Wee ones. Thank you.

  11. JoAnn Ridenour says:

    What does WHWB’s stand for in step 10 of the preemie romper construction?

  12. Jenny Wilson says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful collection of preemie patterns. My daughter’s daughter was just born a few weeks early so I may try one of these.

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