Welcome Bags for Babies in the NICU

Interested in helping make "welcome bags"?

Looking around on this site, and other crafting boards inspired me. Well from that inspiration, an idea was born.

So here is my idea; you see a lot of different people/organizations that make handcrafted items for preemies and full-term babies that have to stay in NICU, which don't get me wrong is a great thing. Well I got to thinking back to when I had both of my children who didn't need to be in the NICU, thank goodness, they were both healthy babies.

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New moms usually get the basic plain diaper bag that let's face it most of us do not use. I got to thinking about the idea of making "welcome bags" for the new mommies and their newest addition(s) to their families. I thought about including a diaper bag, diaper/wipe holder, burp cloths, receiving blanket, etc. in these "welcome bags". What's a better way to welcome these newest bundles of joy into the world but a handcrafted "welcome bag"? New moms with healthy babies are usually "forgotten" about, and some new moms do not have the means to do much of anything, if at all, special for their new babies.

My mom is passing down her sewing machine to me since she recently purchased a new one, so I thought I would put it to good use and try to get this idea of mine going. I am currently in the process of contacting different fabric retailers/distributors/companies to see if they would be willing to donate fabric to make these "welcome bags" a reality. So far I have gotten 1 yes from a company, and still waiting to hear back from a bunch more.

If you live in the middle Tennessee area, or for that matter anywhere in Tennessee, and would like to help in this endeavor, please let me know. If you do not sew, and want to help in other ways, be it knitting, crocheting or even donating fabrics/other materials to make the "welcome bags", please feel free to contact me. I would love to see this idea really take off.

Thanks for listening

Nikki from Hohenwald, TN

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June 20, 20080 found this helpful

I live in W. Tn. I crochet a lot! I might be interested in making some things or helping.

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June 21, 20080 found this helpful

Karen

What a wonderful idea! I do not live anywhere near Tennessee, I wish I did! I hear Tennessee is beautiful, in fact our neighbor's will be moving there soon. They can not take the winter's here anymore. I have been wanting to do something like this forever. How do you get started? I would love to help, but we are in PA on Lake Erie.

I would like to keep in touch if you do not mind. We could come up with ideas and you can help me along. I would very much appreciate this. I had been thinking of getting a bag ready for people that have babies and have no money to buy new, much needed & special things for the little bundle or large bundle of joy.I was always blessed to be able to buy what I needed and I just enjoy helping people! Best of Luck Darlene In Pa.

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June 25, 20080 found this helpful

What a great idea. I am going to suggest this to our community service chairperson at our sewing guild. Thanks for the idea.

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August 24, 20080 found this helpful

Karen,

Please feel free to email me at angeleyes78_us@yahoo.com. Any ideas are greatly appreciated. I have been so busy with family situations that have arose recently, I am still trying to get things up and going for this.

Anyone else that would like to contact me with ideas/suggestions at my email is also more than welcome to.

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August 30, 20080 found this helpful

Karen,

Sorry for the long delay in responding but I did not get the chance to get on the computer much while the kids were out of school for the summer.

I live in Oak Ridge, just north and west of Knoxville. I like to sew, especially the small quick projects. I have made lots of baby gifts over the years.

If you still need help with this project, email me at mbhay06@comcast.net and we can work something out.

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January 11, 20090 found this helpful

I love the idea of helping others as well, however, I live in Texas. I'm sure there is a need for something like your idea here as well..... if you could let me know how and where to get started I'm sure it would be greatly appreciated by those recieving such a "gift". Thank you for your help. I can be reached at TLin8632@aol.com.

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