Sew For A Cause: Preemies of The Carolinas

If you want to break out your sewing machine and do something heartfelt, why not sew some inspirational fabric hearts for Preemies of the Carolinas?

 

And I’m at peace with that fact that the first sentence of this post is as corny as it sounded.

Because when I think of how difficult it must be for the families of preemies in the NICU, I get a little choked up. No matter how resilient children are – babies especially – it doesn’t erase the worry and concern that families must feel. It doesn’t change how families count the days until they can bring their new little person home with them. And what better joy is there than experiencing those first days with your newborn who is now a part of the outside world?

If those first days are spent in a NICU? It’s not the joyful experience parents were expecting.

So when I learned about the inspirational hearts project for Preemies of the Carolinas, they had me a ‘sewing flannel hearts’. (Nevermind that this is 8 x 8 heart is an ideal project to use up some of my flannel fabric stash and scraps!)

I have long know that cotton fabrics like flannel and jersey knit absorb a person’s scent. I was also aware of the fact that a baby knows a mother’s scent within days of birth.

What better way to connect a new mother and her preemie than with a small piece of fabric that she ‘wears’? After the heart absorbs the mother’s scent, she places it in the baby’s isolette or crib so that the comforting scent is there to soothe the baby.

Who Receives Inspirational Hearts?

Preemies of the Carolinas sends out their Individual Preemie Packets nationwide to parents of preemies who contact them using this page.

The Individual Preemie Packets include 2 sewn hearts along with a poem intended to lift the family’s spirits. There are two inspirational hearts per packet so that a family can continue to have a heart constantly with the baby while mom is ‘preparing’ the one at home.

Sew Hearts For Preemies Of The Carolinas

The inspirational hearts measure 8 x 8 and Preemies of the Carolinas provides the pattern here.

Things to know or do before sewing:

  • All projects must be made in a non-smoking environment or home
  • All fabric must be washed in unscented, non-dyed detergent before the pattern is cut
  • Hearts may be sewn with a sewing machine or a serger. Refer to the pattern for more details.

When you’ve finished your hearts to donate, send them here:

Preemies of the Carolina’s
2764 Pleasant Road, #10803
Fort Mill, SC 29708

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If you plan to sew hearts for Preemies of the Carolinas, please let us know in the comments below.

9 thoughts on “Sew For A Cause: Preemies of The Carolinas

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  • September 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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    What a sweet and beautiful way to do some good. I love this idea and I’m sharing it across my social media!

    • September 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm
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      Marie,
      Thank you for the kind words and for letting people know about the site. If you want to collaborate on a post or know of a nonprofit who wants to be featured, please get in touch. – Dana

    • September 6, 2016 at 5:36 am
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      Marie, Thank You for sharing and wanting to give back to help comfort preemies and their families!

  • September 5, 2016 at 5:22 pm
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    I’ve never heard of this idea before. How fabulous!!
    I love it!
    And easy enough to do!
    Inspire Me Monday

    • September 5, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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      Melinda,
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I felt the same way when I heard about these inspirational hearts. It makes complete sense, is easy to do, and will make an impact on so many lives. If you do make some hearts, please feel free to send me a picture or post to Instagram and tag it #createtodonate so that I can repost to my feeds. Kind regards, Dana

  • September 6, 2016 at 5:38 am
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    Thank You Dana for choosing our organization to use as your inspiring cause. We really appreciate all the work your doing to show other charities and organizations helping in the community.

    Thank You,
    Jennifer
    Preemies of the Carolina’s

  • September 9, 2016 at 7:29 am
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    What a lovely cause. Thanks for sharing at this week’s Inspiration Spotlight party. See you again soon. Pinned & shared.

  • September 18, 2016 at 9:30 am
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    This is such a great idea! I love it! What a great source of good for others during difficult times. #happynowlinkup

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