Handmade Items

Handmade Items

Baby Hats
All babies born at Bronson are given a handmade hat to help them maintain proper body temperature. A variety of sizes are needed from micro-preemie to newborn. See above Guidelines for Handmade Baby Items.  Patterns

Ribbon Snuggler
Ribbon snugglers are used in the Emergency Department and Pediatrics for infants to cuddle with and keep them distracted while they are being treated.  Ribbon Snuggler Pattern

Receiving blankets, afghans and quilts are used by:

  • The Volunteers Baby Guild in layettes given to babies-in-need born at Bronson
  • Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Infant through teen patients on the Pediatric Unit
  • Adult patients in the Palliative Care service

Walker Bag
Patients place these on their walkers to hold their personal items.  Walker Bag Pattern

Slipper Socks
For patients with swollen feet that are not able to wear regular socks or slippers.  Slipper Socks Pattern

Angel Wraps and Gowns
These are used in Labor and Delivery for pregnancy loss (miscarriage) situations. Patterns

Slippers are used in surgery to keep children's feet warm. Sizes needed: infant to 6 years old.

The Pediatric Unit uses colorful, fun pillowcases to brighten their patient's bedding.

  • Guidelines:  Standard pillowcase size
  • Suggestions: Kid-friendly prints, fleece, satin border on the open end

Bosom Buddies
Bosom Buddies are knitted or crocheted prosthetic breasts for mastectomy patients. When placed in a bra, the Bosom Buddy takes the shape and feel of a real breast. They are lighter, more comfortable and less expensive than silicone prosthetic breasts. They are also called Tit Bits or Knitted Knockers. They will be offered to patients of the Bronson Breast Surgery office. Bosom Buddy Guidelines

Teddy Bears
Bronson's Bereavement Service provides support to parents coping with the loss of a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, SIDS, newborn or early infancy death. These parents have precious few tangible items with which to remember their child. One item the staff likes to give the parents is a hand knit or crocheted stuffed bear. Teddy Bear Patterns

Red Scarf
WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, has a Heart Scarf program where all new female cardiac patients in the hospital get a red handmade scarf and information about the support group.

  • Guidelines: Knit, crochet or fleece; use red yarn or material; 5 inches wide, 50-60 inches in length
  • Contact:  Sherry at WH-GtrKalamazoo@womenheart.org
    Please send the scarves directly to Sherry.
Isolette Covers
An isolette, also called an incubator, is an enclosed bassinet used in the Neonatal Intensive Care. The cover is placed over the isolette to keep room light from the baby. 
  • Guidelines: Washable material; quilted or thick enough to block light; 40 inches wide by 50 inches long.