GUIDELINES FOR SLEEP SACKS


Materials: Use fleece.

Machine: Use serger or sewing machine

Size: We need both newborn and preemie sizes

We have sleep sack patterns that we ask you to use. We've gotten input from the facilities we deliver to and the patterns on our web site are the right size/proportion to meet the babies' needs. If you want the pattern, please ask your Work Group Coordinator or email us at info@touchinglittlelives.org to have the pattern sent to you. Also, we have volunteers who "precut" the pattern for other people to sew, so we can provide volunteers with sleep sacks ready to sew. If you cut your own, fabric should be cut so that the stretch will always go across the body.

Sacks should be serged or use zigzag stitch around the neck edges and arm holes. Front opening of clothing items need to be topstitched. Don't cut serger tails off without securing them first as this will cause the garment to unravel the first time it is washed.

Items hand made by volunteers MUST be snapped with plastic snaps. If fabric is non-gender, please use non-gender snaps so that finished item could be used for either a boy or girl. Example: If fabric is blue don't use pink snaps. When adding snaps, the male/stud should always be on the bottom and please close all the snaps so that finished items will be ready to be packed for delivery. The snap will make a click sound when being snapped so that you can hear that it is on correctly. If you don't hear this snap, press the snap in the press again.

Preemie and newborn sleep sacks will require up to 6 snaps depending on the size. Please place the snaps accordingly so that there will not be gaps in the closure.

Sleep sacks can be turned in without snaps and snapped by other volunteers later, but please wash them first. Do not use fabric softener in the dryer when drying them.

 
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