The Preemie Project is an Iowa based nonprofit. Our mission: The Preemie Project seeks to provide comfort and support to critically ill infants and their families in Newborn Intensive Care Units in Iowa.
One of the TPP projects that is in ever increasing demand is "Developmental Hearts" The pattern for Developmental Hearts is on our website.
Here is the pattern:
TPP donates the Developmental hearts to Iowa NICUs. The hearts are given to moms and dads when their baby is admitted to the NICU. The heart is worn against the parent's skin so that it absorbs their scent. The heart is then placed in the infant's bed.
The pattern includes a template for an 8 inch heart. That is the largest size needed. You can use your smaller scraps and make hearts as small as 5 inches for the tiniest babies.
Two heart shaped layers of cotton, flannel, fleece or minky are serged or sewn together. There is NO batting between the layers. St. Luke's in Cedar Rapids LOVES the hearts that have minky fabric on one side. They request, "Many more please!" So SOFT!
Please wash all fabric before sewing the hearts. Special detergent is NOT needed. Do NOT use fabric softener. If you have pets in your home please wash your items before sending. You might need to iron the hearts. Place in a plastic bag immediately.
We need many hundreds of these hearts every year. The demand keeps growing as more hospitals request the hearts from us.
Please use sweet baby and kid prints for the hearts. Right now our supply is low. We could use several hundred in the next couple of months. Mail the hearts anytime to
The Preemie Project
2607 Flagstone Court
Coralville, IA 52241
As always, we cannot donate items to any hospital if it comes from a smoking household due to contamination with "third-hand smoke". http://www.mayoclinic.org/