Relief Share is busy making baby cocoons for the hospital – want to help?By
Relief Share volunteers have been very busy knitting, crocheting, sewing, serging and donating towards our baby cocoon project for the hospital. Lots of questions have been asked and answered so for convenience, we are going to put most of the answers to questions regarding this project in this post for easy accessibility.
Question: What are baby cocoons?
Answer: Baby swaddling items that can be knit, crocheted, tatted, sewn and serged from either new or recycled material. Here is a picture of a baby cocoon in use:
Hand knitting pattern for “THATCHER’S COCOON” – click here.
Machine knitting pattern for the baby cocoon - click here.
Sewing and serging pattern for the baby cocoon – click here.
Crocheted pattern for the baby cocoon – click here.
The general sizes are:
The baby’s weight for the general sizes are:
XXS – 14″ long x 50 stitches wide (6″ across) – 12″ diameter 1.5 to 3 lbs
XS – 16″ long x 60 stitches wide (8″ across) 3 to 5 lbs
S – 18″ long x 70 stitches wide (10″ across) 6 lbs to 8 lbs
M – 20″ long x 80 stitches wide (10″ across) 9 lbs to 11 lbs
L – 23″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across) 12 t0 15 lbs
XL – 25″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across) 15 to 17 lbs
The hospitals use the XS size the most, the the families we donate to use the S, M and L the most as well as the XL. The XXS are used by the hospital, some of them for infant demise.
Hints and tips for making cocoons have come in from many sources and the ideas volunteers have suggested are wonderful. We’ve been scouring the thrift shops and our own closets for sweaters that are soft and made from yarn that can be washed, taken apart and the yarn used to make the cocoons.
A wonderful thrift shop in Breckenridge Colorado named “For Pets Sake” donated 4 sweaters, we also purchased many of them off their $1 sale rack. Other thrift stores in Boise, Idaho, such as the Deseret Industries yielded beautiful sweaters that we got a lot of yarn from after washing them and taking them apart. We bought a large lot of yarn on craigslist from money donated by caring volunteers to help make baby cocoons, hats, blankets, and layettes. JoAnn Fabrics had a wonderful sale on yarn as well. Use your imagination to come up with sources for materials to make the cocoons from.
Babies love the cocoons and rest peacefully swaddled in them. They are so easy to use, quick and safe, and the hospitals and mother’s love them as well.
If you would love to help with our baby cocoon project, here is what is needed:
1. Volunteers to make the cocoons and send them to
6078 Lundy Rd,
Houston, MO 65483
2. Donations of yarn, fabric, and sewing, knitting, and crocheting supplies are needed.
3. Funds to purchase supplies and ship the items to where they are needed the most can be sent through paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org – all donations are tax deductible.
If you have comments, suggestions, ideas or questions, please email us at info@ReliefShare.org – we would love to hear from you. All Relief Share patterns are FREE for charity or personal use.
President Carol Green