NICU Smock Pattern FREE


NICU Smock Pattern

I drafted this pattern 4 years ago after my cousin’s little boy Benjamin was born months early weighing in at 2lbs 8oz I searched everywhere for preemie cloths to fit!  Babies less than 3lbs are considered ‘micro-preemie’ & you can actually find some stuff on the internet to buy made, but not many patterns.  So after looking at different things I drafted up a pattern for a NICU friendly preemie smock that fits a good range of sizes.    When babies are in the NICU it really helps the parents to see their little ones wearing some sort of clothing.  BUT with all the monitors & wires many clothes are difficult to get on, or they get in the way of the wires or the nurses… which is what makes these so great!

I do not want to sell this pattern because I did not create it so people could make them to sell or I could profit off of it, but to encourage people to help others out.  For that reason this pattern is free for personal and charity sewing only.  This pattern, the pieces along with the instructions & photos, are copyrighted & may not be sold or reproduced without the written consent from the owner of Everything Your Mama Made & More!  Feel free to link people back to the blog where they can access it for free.

Before sewing items to donate to the hospital (this or others) PLEASE contact them first & ask what they need… you may need to bring this in to show them before they can give you an answer.  Some hospitals are very strict about what they can take.

If you have any questions feel free to send me a quick email or leave a comment

Happy Sewing!

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Baby Ricardo born at 31 weeks 4lbs 1oz, wearing a reversible smock.

Preemie 6lb doll in the serged version from a generous pattern tester from

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99 Responses to NICU Smock Pattern FREE

  1. Taryn says:

    Thank you so much for this beautiful little pattern! I just made three of them for a baby girl that was born weighing only 2 lbs. and 14″ long. Here are some photos of the smocks that I made being modeled by my daughter’s 14″ baby doll.

    • Kymy says:

      I can’t see the picture as it’s not set to public but I am so glad you liked it!

      • Taryn says:

        Oops! Sorry about that. I have changed the permissions so you can see them. It is my understanding that the baby I made them for got quite a bit of use out of them. She’s more than doubled her weight since I made them and will be coming home soon! Thanks again!

      • Kymy says:

        That’s okay! I am so glad she got good use out of them. Did you make the red one smaller? (it’s hard to tell) if so how much smaller did you print it off & can you as mom how long it fit? I love that use put the buttons on the top to make them cute!

      • Taryn says:

        I made them all from the smallest pattern size you had. The red one was the first that I made and I followed the pattern exactly. After seeing it on the doll, I decided to make the other two a bit longer and added a couple of inches to the bottom length. The baby I made them for was very long and skinny. I haven’t actually met the mother yet. The couple goes to our church, but I’ve been out sick a few times in the last month and she’s missed a couple of Sundays too, so we keep missing each other. I will ask her when I get the chance and let you know.


    • JulieCC says:

      I can’t see the photos, I think because I don’t have a FB account. 😦 I wanted to get some inspriation for making my own.

  2. Jennifer Wangen says:

    My twins were born at 1.8 and 1.9 pounds. I made them these little cover-ups along with coordinating mattress covers and blankies for the isolette. It was comforting to do something for them when I couldn’t be there. They are now 15 years old and starting to drive!!!

  3. Taryn says:

    Yay! Glad you could finally see them! 🙂

  4. Arlene Burke says:

    I think these are so sweet. Making them would be a pleasure but I have a question…I thought flannel was flammable. I make receiving blankets with flannel but I make sure I tell mom not to let anyone smoke near the baby.

    • Kymy says:

      Any cotton is flammable including most of the baby clothes sold in stores. These are designed for the NICU so there won’t be people smoking in there. Very few baby clothes are all synthetic material now a days unless they are fleece. (not that their isn’t but cotton is pretty standard)

    • Taryn says:

      Nobody should be smoking near a baby (especially a premature baby) anyway! 😦

  5. Allison says:

    This is super adorable, I think it is amazing that you not only made this, but are sharing the pattern for others in need. I love that it looks super easy to make it reversible, but the velcro rectangles were bugging me, but then I realized i could just do the opposite thing of velcro on some cute fabric, or bows or something, that can be taken off when reversed. I have a friend carrying twins, high risk, so I’m definitely saving this for later. As cute as this pattern is, I’m hoping that I won’t have a use for it.

  6. Tanya says:

    My son was in the NICU for 39 days. I have been looking for a way to repay them. This will be perfect!
    Thank you for posting this!

  7. Kelcy Workman says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I wish I’d had this when my best friend had her son 11 weeks early. I’ve made this a few times now to give to people I know that have also had preemies. I’m printing out the pattern again to sew some more for the brother of a friend of mine who just had a preemie.

  8. vanessa says:

    I have a friend who delivered at 24 weeks and their little guy is barely 1. 9lbs. I have been looking everywhere for preemie patterns and found this. In my search I also looked around Etsy. I know this is meant to be a free pattern but there is someone in Etsy selling these for $15+ each. I was disgusted that someone would want to make a profit from parents at such a challenging time.

  9. Gayle says:

    Thanks for the pattern and the instructions. I am always looking for a charity project for my students to do. I will try this one out.but will follow your instructions and ask first…local hospitals.Thank you again.

  10. Kymy says:

    I wanted to mention that if you or your group can’t find some place local to donate I recommend contacting Gracie’s Gowns It is a new program that is having some growing pains, but there heart is SO in the right place. The will distribute smocks to individual families whom request them as well as NICU’s & hospital units who request them! They make personalized gowns for older kids but with the NICU smocks they are often needed suddenly and most of the little receivers don’t have large opinions just YET, lol. So they can take donations from anywhere in the world!!! I just wanted to share because I know many groups & people to want to make these & frequently post looking for a place to donate them.

    Also tonight I will be releasing an updated all in 1 .PDF file that has snot just 1 but 4 different smock sizes that are ALL great for donating. I will also be making a new pattern soon with boy & girl specific patterns.


  11. Susan says:

    I made one of these the other day for my chapter of Newborns In Need. I used plastic snaps instead of velcro. I hadn’t made anything like that before and was quite pleased with how it turned out. Thank you so much for sharing your patterns!! Here’s the link if you’d like to see the picture:

    • JulieCC says:

      That’s how I plan to make mine – plastic snaps. My DD’s primary RN said Velcro just doesn’t work in their laundry. Babyville has some great snaps in cute colors!

  12. Janet says:

    I have made one of each size and took them to my local children’s hospice, the neonatal nurse thought they were lovely. She has requested I make the 2 smallest sizes as the babies in their care have life threatening illnesses and some are not expected to live. They are quick and easy to make

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