Making Clothing for a Premature Baby?

July 16, 2008

hand holding a tiny baby handAny suggestions for making clothes for premature babies? I'm thinking doll clothes (12"-15"-18") Does that sound right? If I measure the baby and use the appropriate pattern? Nothing fancy, diaper shirts, sleepers (she kicks the covers off), that sort of thing.



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Doll Clothes Aren't Proportioned Right

From what I understand, most doll clothes are not quite the right proportions for preemies.

I have never made any of these, but here is a good source for some free patterns specifically designed for preemies:

Good luck -and hopefully she will be in full size clothes soon!

By Regina Arlauckas

Water Baby Patterns

I've heard that the patterns for making clothes for the water baby dolls are good for preemie clothes. I've never tried it to verify it, though.

By Judy

Vintage Cabbage Patch Patterns

Have you tried cabbage patch doll patterns? There is a vintage pattern site which will have them if they aren't in the stores. You might also try some of the pattern sites; Simplicity, etc and see if they have preemie patterns. It seems to me that they should since we have more and more preemies coming home and living long healthy lives. I hope your teeny one grows into regular sizes very soon.

By Marty Dick

My Preemie Patterns

I just went a-googling and found something. My Preemie Patterns. Free patterns and an email addy if you need to contact them.

By Marty Dick

Link: Loving Hugs Family

There are some useful sizes given in the left hand column on this page:


Buy Cabbage Patch Clothing

My son's cousin was born at the same time, but was several months premature. They bought him Cabbage Patch kid clothes. Worked out pretty well.

By Jana

Tips For Using Doll Clothing Patterns

I have used 16" and 18" doll clothes patterns for preemies and they worked out fine. 18" will usually fit a 5 pound baby---rub-a-dub-dolly clothes fit also. I did this for all our tiny foster babies as well as for friends who have had preemies.

By Pat

Check Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart used to carry some basic preemie clothes a few years ago. Not sure if they still do, but it wouldn't hurt to check.

By susan

Make Tiny Sleeping Bags

My daughter had a baby, 5 weeks ago. Even though we are in the summer months, it can still get chilly here in Northern Alberta at night and especially in the early morning. Annie has a few of the "sleeping bags" for her little guy, knowing how babies kick the blankets off during their sleep. These " sleeping bags " are made out of fleece material. They are in the shape of a bunting bag with " cover-all " arm holes. You can either purchase them or make your own.

Good luck with your tiny bundle of love.

By yvonne


July 16, 20080 found this helpful

I just typed in "free sewing patterns for preemies" and got all sorts of results. Give it a try. Usually you can download the patterns. Judy

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July 17, 20080 found this helpful

I use to knit all my newborn infants socks, hats and mittens, use to give to the hospitals around here too, Everyone with a new born use to get to take a set home free, Had people call and want me to make more, Stopped making them yrs ago, not really sure why I did

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