FREE NICU Friendly Smocks

One of the most popular draws to over the last for years has been my free NICU Friendly Smock Pattern.  By popular demand I have gotten around to professional digitizing it AND not just in the 1 original ‘one size fits most’ size but in 4 different sizes for 1lb micro preemies up to 11lb newborns.  It also has links to where you can donate if you  don’t have a NICU looking for them near by. THIS PATTERN IS A FREE DOWNLOAD FROM MY PATTERN SHOP.  It is free to create an account.  You add it to your cart & check out.  Then you can download it as often as you need right from your account by simply logging in.

NICU Smock for Micro Preemies to Newborns 




I drafted this pattern 7 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! 7 years later I have revamped it to include not just 1 but 4 different sizes!!!

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 instead to encourage people to help others out. For that reason this pattern is FREE FOR PERSONAL & CHARITY USE 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 free or to the craftsy listing.

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 would like to help but don’t have a local hospital in need Gracie’s Gowns always has families in need! You can send them there & they will distribute them to NICU’s & families who would love them.

If you have, any questions feel free to send me a quick email or leave a comment
Happy Sewing!
Everything Your Mama Made & More!


  • Micro Preemie 1-3lbs & up to 15″
  • Tiny Preemie 3-5lbs & up to 17.5″
  • NB Preemie 5-8lbs & up to 20″
  • Newborn 8-11lbs & up to 22.5″


  • 1/8 yard or more soft cotton fabric PREWASHED
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Tracing tool


  • Printer
  • Letter Sized Paper
  • Tape


This is one of the few patterns I ask you NOT TO SELL.  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 instead to encourage people to help others out. For that reason this pattern is FREE FOR PERSONAL & CHARITY USE ONLY.


32 Responses to FREE NICU Friendly Smocks

  1. nancy says:

    I can not print the pattern. this looks like an awesome newborn garment. I sew for a group Newborns in need and this would be perfect to have. can you please send it to me?

  2. arlene parks says:

    can you send me the pattern i cant , get it, my grandson was just born, 6 lbs, and he has no clothes to keep him warm, thanks

  3. Sally Rempel says:

    Are there written instructions for how to put this together? Or am I just not seeing them?
    My Granddaughter was born last week at 1# 11.5 oz and needs some of these. The preeme clothes my daughter bought are too big. I’m sure I can figure it out but instructions would be helpful. Thank you

  4. Julie Silva says:

    Can you suggest the best fabric for the NICU Smock? The cotton fabrics seem too stiff to me. Is cotton flannel OK? Wondering what you used (a specific manufacturer, designer you liked) when making the smocks. Thank you!

    • Kymy says:

      Yes cotton flannel & cotton knits work & are softer then regular cotton wovens ;). For flannels with a name I really like the Michael Miller flannels if you can afford it or Robert Kaufman. They are nice quality & wash up well and soft. The snuggle flannel PRINTS from JoAnn’s are nice for more budget friendly fabrics. Their solids are not though.

      • JulieCC says:

        Yes, Joann’s Snuggle Flannel is great. It frequently goes on sale for $2.50-3 per yard which makes a LOT of these. They also have great remnants of it – at least our stores do. The remnants are 50% off most of the time.

  5. fenna says:

    Just a quick note–the Pieces B and C are exact the same–they both would attach on the same shoulder of piece A. I just did a normal and mirror image of Piece B to get the two pieces.

  6. Barbara Bergeson says:

    I can’t download the pattern and would like to make some for our local NICU could you e-mailo it to me?”: thanking you in advance, have a =Merry Christmas

    • Kymy says:

      You have to ‘purchase’ it through Craftsy to download it. Since it is free they will not actually ask for payment information. I will email you a copy as well when I am on my other computer.

  7. kelly says:

    I cant print the pattern. My sister has a new born that this would be great for. He weight almost 2 pounds and its hard to find anything for him that is a reasonable price.

    • Kymy says:

      You have to go to craftsy & ‘purchase’ the free pattern, then it should allow you to download & print it. They will not ask for any payment information since it is free. Let me know if that helps.

  8. Linda Rapp says:

    I also can’t print the pattern. I went through the steps to purchase the pattern, it’s in My Craftsy, I even downloaded the newest version of Adobe, but when I click on the “Download pattern”, nothing happens.

    • Kymy says:

      When you click download it should bring up a pop up window and you hit save then open… For newer versions of explorer & chrome it’s a box/bar down at the bottom of the browser page. For Firefox it is a full pop-up. It will save it in your default downloads folder

    • JulieCC says:

      In IE, there is a bar that comes up at the bottom of your screen and you can open, save, open and save, etc.

      Are you clicking on the photo in your “My Craftsy” or the title link. If it’s the former, it should come up like above. If you’re clicking on the name, it will take you to a new page where you then have to click the orange “Download Pattern” button. Doing that should open the same file bar as I first mentioned.

  9. JulieCC says:

    Thank you for updating this so much! I’ve been trying to find time to make these for the past year or so! My micropreemie is almost 14 and still takes a lot of work, so I rarely find time to sew. This is really helpful!

    You might want to update the blog post to tell people about Craftsy and how it works and how they can get a free account. 😉

    • JulieCC says:

      Also, people may not know they have to scroll all the way down on our Craftsy Pattern Store to find the link to “purchase” the pattern. I use Craftsy all the time, so it was common sense, but those unfamiliar with the site could easily be confused. 🙂

      • Kymy says:

        I have changed the links to go directly to the listing ;). When I first set it up through craftsy I had 3 listings, lol. I should be moving over to my new updated site soon and that should help 😉

  10. Wendy says:

    Thank you for the pattern. My newest grand daughter was born Feb 09 at 4 lbs. I am thankful that she is healthy and home. I am going to make some for her and also want to check with the NICU in Toronto if I can donate some to them.

  11. Danelle says:

    Is it just me, or am I not seeing where the ‘+’ signs are on the pattern to attach the velcro? I mean, I could eyeball it & figure it out from the pictures, but I am anal & want to make sure I’m putting them in the exact right spot 🙂

    • Kymy says:

      I’m sorry I switched those out when I updated the pattern pieces & added more sizes. If you look at the legend it shows you which symbol is for which size for Velcro placement 😉

      • Danelle says:

        Aha, that makes sense! I just cut out & taped the pattern together & didn’t pay attention to that part. Thx 🙂 And thank you as well for this pattern & tutorial. I am making some of these for a friend’s newborn who has some complications & will likely be in the hospital for a few months 😦 I hope these along with some other personalized gifts will help to brighten their day.

  12. Sheila Robson says:

    Thank you so much for this, my granddaughter was born 10 weeks early and weighed 1.2 kg (2lb 11oz), and of course we all wanted to “do something”. Like one of your other commenters, I noticed the pattern is wrong in that piece B is identical to piece C, but that is a minor point easily rectify by turning it over. In fact, as B and C are in fact identical, why not just have two pattern pieces and cut both on the folded fabric, the back piece A on the fold, and the front piece B not on the fold, but so you get one the mirror image of the other?
    Should also point out that any clothing, however cute, may be inappropriate for tiny NICU babies, not only because of all the tubes and wires, but because they may need to be under blue light on and off to counter jaundice. It is also very disruptive for a very premature baby (too much stimulation) to have clothes wrestled on and off – though the brilliant design of this helps a lot. So in fact I never made the smallest size. I am just now making the 3-5 lb size, now our granddaughter is 30 days old and weighs 1.71kg (3lb 12oz). But thank you again for your generosity in posting this, and your clever inventiveness in the design.

    • Sheryll says:

      I made one for the preemie unit so they could decide if it would work or not and they were thrilled. They easily work around the tubing, come off quick in an emergency and the parents love seeing their babies wearing something. I use the baby soft velcro for closures

  13. Cindy SLAMIN says:

    Thank you for offering this pattern! My grandson was born march 7 weighing 1 lb 13oz, gratefully he is doing well and is over 2 lbs now! I would live to make these for him! And perhaps, if easy enough for me, to donate to the nicu as well, thank you, sincerely, Cindy

  14. anneleen says:

    can you please send me the pattern? I’d love to donate some smocks to the NICU where my boys stayed for 3 months. Those nurses wanted to give so much, but had so little clothes to use.

    • Kymy says:

      I don’t have it on my computer right now. If you go to create/login to your account (free) and then ‘purchase’ the free pattern you will be able to check out with-out any credit card information and download it in the ‘my account’ section.

  15. Maree Agland says:

    Our baby charity has made inexcess of 1,000+ of your baby smocks to donate to remote clinics, rural hospitals, helicopter retrieval units and Ambulance (paramedics) around Australia. We have some very wonderful, kind and crafty ladies out there who are making them tirelessly every day for small preemies to newborns. Thank you for making our lives, the babies, and hospital staff’s lives so much easier with your (free) pattern.

  16. Sheryll says:

    I have made 20 or more of these fore my local hospital and they love them.

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