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Drawstring Bag Pattern

Give thanks to our frontline neonatal health professionals.

Pattern developed by Nicola Foy Barlow.

Our Handmade Heroes donate their time to make the gorgeous handmade-items that we distribute to new families in hospital. Currently though, there is a need that is far more pressing, and you can help!

During this particularly difficult time, the NICU and SCN teams continue on the frontline providing our babies with the best possible care. Now it’s our time to say thanks. They need your help to make up drawstring bags.

A bag may seem like a small gesture, but it’s a big (healthy distancing) hug to those who really need one right now.

Our community have developed a simple sewing pattern for drawstring bags made up for health care workers to carry their uniforms and a change of clothes as they travel to and from hospital. This will help them feel less vulnerable and eliminate unwarranted negative attention in the community. This is an anxious time for all of us and we believe that those risking their own lives to save ours also deserve protection.

If you have spare fabric at home, please consider making up some bags. We encourage you to be as creative as you like— add embellishments with messages of thanks, patterns and shapes, or even include a thank you letter inside the bag. Whatever you do, do it with heart!

Download Drawstring Bag Pattern
Where to send your completed bags

NOTE: Not all hospitals have the capacity to accept donations at this time.  Please only post donations to the following participating hospitals:

    1. Cairns Hospital:
      Jonelle Mayers, Nurse Unit Manager
      Special Care Nursery,
      Cairns Hospital
      C Block, 2nd Floor,
      165 The Esplanade, Cairns QLD 4870
    2. Joan Kirner Womens and Childrens Hospital:
      Seona Emanuelli CNE,
      Newborn Services,
      Joan Kirner Womens and Childrens Hospital
      Level 5, 176 Furlong Road, St Albans VIC 3021
    3. Mercy Hospital for Women:
      Nicola Harwood NUM,
      NICU, Mercy Hospital for Women
      Level 2, 163 Studley Road, Heidelberg VIC 3084
    4. Ashford Hospital:
      Chelsi Lane CNC
      Special Care Nursery,
      Level 2, 55 Anzac Highway, Ashford SA 5035
    5. Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
      Carol Toon Ward Clerk
      Special Care Nursery
      Level 5 20 Butterfield Street Herston QLD 4006
    6. Queensland Children’s Hospital
      Lisa Gyselman Clinical Nurse
      Stomal Therapy Nursing
      3B. 501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101
    7. John Hunter Children’s Hospital
      Kristy Chesworth Nurse Unit Manager
      Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
      Level 3, Locked Bag 1, Hunter Region MC  NSW  2310
    8. Gosford Hospital
      Jane Wardle Nurse Unit Manager
      Special Care Nursery
      K7, Holden Street, Gosford NSW 2250
    9. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
      Emma Borg Social Worker
      Social Work Dept
      KGV Building, Level 6, Missenden Road, Camperdown NSW 2050
    10. Flinders Medical Centre
      Nicole Gauld Nurse Unit Manager
      Neonatal Unit
      Level 3, Flinders Drive, Bedford Park SA 5042
    11. Royal Womens Hospital
      Jo Bell Nurse Unit Manager
      Neonatal Intensive and Special Care Unit
      Locked Bag, 300 Grattan Street & Flemington Road,
      Parkville VIC 3052

(We will be adding more hospitals to the list as we get them.)

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