Please join me in helping to send every baby born at Southside Hospital home in something warm and cozy. Southside Hospital is located in Bay Shore on Long Island.They deliver about 200 babies a month. Most of the families who havebabies there have nothing to bring their babies home in. That’s where we come in. My group, Bella’s Babies, provides warm, handmade items for these families.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Winter is Coming!

It's time for our annual Blanket drive. It will be getting cold here soon on Long Island so it's time to
start thinking about making warm items for the babies. I will be collecting warm things from now until December 1 and then again until February 1, 2017.

I did not receive any donations for our Fall delivery so the hospital will be out of everything by December, if they are not already. 

Here is a list of what will be needed:

Newborn Blankets
Preemie Blankets
Sweater sets
Burial Garments

Blankets can be knit, crochet or fleece. Think warm, no holey patterns.
Newborn blankets should be 30"x30" on up.

Here are some pattern links:

Newborn Blankets: Crochet

Dragonfly Blanket (you can change the size by chaining a multiple of 13+5)
Virus Blanket I made this using Caron's Simply Soft and it came out really soft and warm.
Box Shell Afghan
Hugs for Baby Afghan
Twin Stich Afghan


Kerry Baby Afghan
Knit Baby Blankets there are a lot of knit blanket patterns here


Flannel Receiving Blanket
Crochet Fleece Blankets has crochet border

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fall 2016


Well Fall is almost here! Time to work on sweaters, hats and blankets. Our Fall delivery will be the first week of October. This is the time of year to start on warmer items for the babies. Sweater, hat and bootie sets. Snuggly newborn blankets. Preemie blankets and fall hats. I have a lot of fun this time of year making pumpkin hats, but any fall inspired hats are welcome. Think apple hats, acorn hats, even football hats. I will add some links to the end of the post with pattern ideas.
Unfortunately we also need burial garments in all sizes.

Here are some pattern links I found:

Football hat with Earflaps
Baby Acorn Hat
Turkey Earflap Hat
Red Apple Hat
Sunflower Pixie Hat
Newborn Crochet Pumpkin Hat
Knit Pumpkin Hat

Here are some Blankets:

Dragonfly Crochet Blanket (you can change the size by chaining a multiple of 13+5)
Virus Blanket
Call the Midwife Blanket

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Summer Clothing Drive


We are starting our second quarter here at Bella's Babies. That means our next delivery will be the beginning of July. This is the time of year to make summer going home outfits. Of course we are also collecting the usual, blankets, hats and burial garments.

Some things to keep in mind when making summer outfits. Please do not use Worsted Weight yarn (especially Red Heart SS) the outfits come out much too large. Stick with baby weight, sport weight and DK weight.  My favorite yarn to use is Bernat Baby Softee.  It is the perfect weight for summer.

Donations will be due by June 30, 2016.

Here are some of my favorite patterns to use. Some are mine and some are links to other sites.

My Patterns:

Azalea Dress
A-Line Dress
Cross Stitch Pullover
Sweater Dress *can be made with short sleeves for summer*
Baby Shorts
Boys T-shirt

Favorite Patterns:

Baby Girl Sleeper set (pinafore& diaper cover)
Baby Ripple dress
Peggy's Shell Dress
Ripple Gown
Preemie Bubble Suit & Dress **if you use a G hook it will be a newborn size**
Easy Baby Sun Dress
Bev's HDC Shirt

Monday, January 4, 2016


Happy New Year!
I just wanted to update the site for what we are working on right now. We are currently in the second half of our Newborn Blanket drive. That will go until February 1st. Please check the previous post for
We are also working on our first complete delivery of 2016. That will go on until March 31st. We will be collecting all items for that delivery. Items include: sweater sets, preemie blankets, newborn blankets and burial garments.

I hope we have a very productive year.
Thank you,

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Newborn Blanket Drive

It's that time of year again, blanket time!

 I will be collecting warm newborn sized blankets for our winter delivery. The drive will run until February 1, 2016.

 Sizes: 30" X 30" and larger.

Blankets can be knit, crochet or fleece. Think warm, no holey patterns.  I will include some pattern links, check back as I will be adding more as I find them.

Pattern suggestions:

X-Stitch Baby Blanket

Box Shell Afghan

Twin Stitch Baby Blanket

Hugs for Baby Blanket

Lilacs in February Baby Blanket

Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket