We Believe...

..that the solution to inequality, pain, suffering, and lack in the world is ‘those that have’ sharing willingly from the heart with ‘those that have not’ who are sick and/or needy.

Warm clothing and bedding for babies, quilts for the aged or ill, books for the disadvantaged, essentials and household goods for those who have lost everything in floods, house fires, or due to job loss; these are just some of the need we assist with. You can help.


Relief Share is busy making baby cocoons for the hospital – want to help?


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:

Baby cocoon for swaddling babies

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

Relief Share,
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  – all donations are tax deductible.

If you have comments, suggestions, ideas or questions, please email us at – we would love to hear from you.  All Relief Share patterns are FREE for charity or personal use.

President Carol Green




I love making these and I have a few to donate. Are you still in need? The cocoons are various sizes other than the dimensions listed but babies come in all sizes. I have also made hats to match. Judy


Thank you so much, Judy – yes, we would love for you to donate the cocoons you’ve made. The nice thing about donating to the hospital is that all sizes are needed and no matter what you are making, there is a baby waiting! The address to ship to is Relief Share, 6200 N River Pointe Dr E302, Boise, Idaho, 83714. Please include your email address for us to send your thank you letter and tax receipt to ;-) God bless you for helping! President Carol Green


What is the deadline for this project…or is it on-going?


This project is ongoing as more and more hospitals and crisis centers are asking for donations of cocoons.


I want to say thank you very much for the marvelous information on this site. It has been so nice of you to offer for free what some people might have offered for sale for an e book to make money on for themselves especially since you can charge if you wanted but don’t. The ideas, patterns and instructions help in a big way to fully understand what is needed and how to do it. It is wonderful to know that most people have a similar passion just like me to address this situation better. I’m sure there are some more pleasant opportunities ahead for people who take a look at your blog post.


What a wonderful email. Thank you so much, Bethanie ;-) If there are any patterns or information you are looking for but are not up on the site yet, please email me and I would be happy to share with you.

Carol Green


They are super easy to make on the round knifty knitter looms. :)


Hi Relief Share, I am impressed with your blog!

Roset, South Africa
May 22nd, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Thank you for this pattern, I am trying to knit a cacoon from a photo but now I have a real pattern. Do you have a crothet pattern for a new born baby also?
Keep up your good work! I am working at a hospital and women from a church bring knitted clothes for the premature babies and a gift for the mothers.
Kind Regards


Thank you for your kind comments ;-) Yes, there is a wonderful pattern for a crocheted cocoon by one of our wonderful volunteers, Marla Caneer. You can find the free pattern at


I absolutely love making these. They are absolutely adorable. Is there a hospital near me, Tennessee, that’s taking donated cocoons?


What a wonderful offer – I know the hospital will love your donation. Just call the local obstetrical unit, ask for the nursing supervisor and ask them if they will accept your cocoons. If they are not sure what a cocoon is, take one of your cocoons by to show them. I bet the medical clinic would love some, too ;-) Good luck!!


Are you still need them? I can make some for donation. Thank you.


We always need baby cocoons and would love it if you made some and donated them. I handed out my last cocoon set yesterday and made another cocoon today, now I need to make a baby hat and momma hat to go with it ;-) Thanks so much for offering to help. Donations can be sent to Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225


Hello. I seen your website and I would like to be a part of donating crochet/knit baby cocoons. I knit and crochet stuff like that. I will mail them soon.


Premature babies need a lot of care and attention after leaving the womb so this is why we give thanks to the world of modern technology and to all the life saving masters in the medical profession that nurture our before-time babies with their knowledge, thus increasing the odds for their survival. Hospitals today are well equipped to deal with emergencies like early births. The welfare of the premature baby is first and foremost in all hospital maternity wards.The reasons given behind why a woman may go into labour earlier than anticipated are all health related factors e.g. smoking-poor diet-infections-twins-cervical ineptitude and other conditions that can be life threatening such as pre-eclampsia. All of these can speed up the process where premature baby births are likely.*


Thank you so much, Michelle ;-) We need all the baby items we can get for the sick and needy. Our address to ship donations to is Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. God bless you for wanting to help.


Any idea what weight of baby would fit each size cocoon???


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


Have any Canadian hospitals expressed interest in cocoons for premies, or sick newborns?


All hospitals can use the help from donors with clean usable baby items. Please call your local hospital and ask to speak to the nursing supervisor for the OB unit. They will be able to tell you what the greatest needs are. Some hospitals have set rules of what they can and can’t accept ;-) Good luck and thank you for wanting to help. We have donated to the Lethbridge Regional Hospital in Alberta in the past and they were very appreciative of what was given them. We also donated to hospitals in Calgary through patients.


I recently began the Colored Halos project to make hats for babies, specifically those who are stillborn, in the memory of my own stillborn son, Eric, who was born in September 2013. The causes you support have always been very close to my heart, so I wanted to let you know I would love to spotlight you in my Colored Halos blog for those who are interested in making items for more than just preemie, stillborn, and SIDS babies. It is good to see this great work getting so much support and the wonderful, loving hearts of those who are sharing their time, patterns, and skills.


Thank you so much, Relief Share really appreciates your support and sharing. Please feel free to use any information you find on our website, blog or facebook page at


Dear Judy, Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are very grateful for the volunteers and donors who make miracles happen for the sick and needy babies and their families. The cocoons are put on the babies much like putting on a pair of pantyhose – you gather them up and starting at the babies feel, gently slide the open part of the cocoon up the baby until the baby is all snuggled in :-) It’s easy to take the cocoons off and put them back on for diaper changes. Many babies prefer to be in a cocoon for most of the day. If the cocoon has no stretch, as when they are made out of quilted material, they need to be much larger to accommodate the little ones and are called buntings. Hope this information helps ;-)


Does anyone have a pattern or suggestions of how to make these with Knifty Knitter looms? I would love to make some of these, but I don’t know how to knit or crochet. I love making things with those looms though.



41 peg Knifty Knitter or 40 peg Boye Loom (Yellow 41 peg KK loom used in video)

Knitting pick


tape measure

crochet hook


Super Bulky #6 yarn or use 3 strands of worsted weight yarn (video coming soon on pulling 3 strands at the same time from 1 ball of yarn!)


Cast on in Ewrap

Row 1: Ewrap

Repeat Row 1 till desired length achieve. Recommend 18-20″ or even 22″

Bind off:

Decreased crown bind off shown in video or standard drawstring bind off.
This is the page we found the pattern on for you:

Have fun!!


What about making the cocoons on looms? I have the knifty Knitter Looms (Large gauge), Martha Stewart Looms, KB Looms. The MS and KB Looms are smaller gauge. It would be a tighter knit.


Thank you so much for your post and free instructions on looming a cocoon. We really appreciate you :-)


Here is a great page with instructions for looming cocoons :-)


I have 5 baby cocoons and hats to match I’ve made them on knitting looms would love to send them to you I wash all of my things in dtaft laundry soap before I send them out Thank you for all you do to help out all the babies in need God Bless each of you Wanda


What a wonderful post, thank you so much, Wanda. We really appreciate you.

Mary Ann Lefebvre
May 12th, 2016 at 10:57 AM

I enjoyed reading your blog and love the pattern for the baby cocoon. I suffer from COPD and am not able to do much so crocheting has been a life saver to me.

Is there an organization similar to yours in Canada? I have limited funds (retired) so I don’t think I could afford the postage to send my items to the USA.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Mary Ann Lefebvre
May 12th, 2016 at 11:01 AM

Hi, glad I found your site, but wondering if there is a similar charity here in Canada.

I am retired and suffer from COPD so I am not able to do many of the things I used to enjoy but I have found crocheting to be very relaxing. Being retired I cannot afford to pay the postage to send the items I make to the USA

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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