I spent the first day of the New Year in my sewing room and after straightening it out a bit, decided to start working on fulfilling one of my New Year's Resolutions - supporting the SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) Wee Care* program. It also helped that the smocked gown was a gift from a SAGA past president (thank you Tawn!) and all I had to do was the smocking. The other gown was cut out at our chapter Wee Care workshop, and all the items to finish it were in the baggie.
Update: Here is a Round-Up of free Wee Care Sewing Patterns. I have designed a Free Wee Care Smocking Pattern, and also have two additional Wee Care Smocking Patterns for Newsletter Subscribers that will be delivered directly to your inbox.
The SAGA Wee Care program was started in 1986 through the Rose Trellis Smockers Chapter. Members Chris Owings and Nancy Newell were looking for a destinctive public service project for chapter members that could be made quickly, would require inexpensive materials, would teach beginners new stitching techniques, yet be worth the time of more experienced members. The members discovered the need for gowns for babies that died at birth or shortly thereafter. It did not take long for the Wee Care* project to be adoped by SAGA chapters across the country. The service was expanded to provide gowns for premature infants that have an extended hospital stay. Over 5000 gowns, bonnets and blankets are donated each year by SAGA members to hospitals across the United States, Canada, and Australia. For more information on this wonderful program and to learn how you can participate, read about the program on the SAGA website. Patterns can be found on the SAGA pinterest page. Then come join SAGA!