Baby Booties for Craft Day! with Pam Crooks

Back in March, I introduced our plans to fill up extra days here at P&P with fun ideas and stories.  I kicked off our Free Days with a knitted washcloth pattern, which you can see again HERE.

As I explained then, I am a very basic knitter.  I would love to take some knitting classes for more advanced projects, but Covid has delayed classes until the fall.  I’d made a gazillion washcloths over the years, but baby booties are a first for me.

I was inspired to make booties through the Mary Madeline Project, an endeavor here in Omaha that benefits preemie and stillborn babies.  The Mary Madeline Project is the brainchild of a grandmother who endured the heart-wrenching loss of a baby granddaughter named Maddie who was born prematurely and hung on to life for seven agonizing weeks with the help of a ventilator.  But eventually brain-dead, the tiny baby girl was removed from life-support.  Amazingly, she lived long enough for the grieving parents to take her home and spend a few precious hours with her.

In the meantime, the baby’s grandmother shopped for a burial gown only to discover there were none small enough, and the happy atmosphere of a department store chock-full of adorable outfits was a bit depressing.  She came up with the idea to provide booties, hats, gowns and blankets for grieving parents, all made by loving volunteers, and all accessible and given away by the hospital.  No department store shopping needed.  Dressing their precious angel in a beautiful outfit for pictures and memories has been incredibly comforting for grieving parents.

You can read more about the Mary Madeline Project at

I’m sharing with you today a pattern for baby booties.  While they are intended for preemies or stillborn babies, the pattern can be adjusted for full-term babies.  They are so simple to make, even I had no trouble. I can finish one in about 45 minutes.



Baby Booties

Use worsted weight yarn, and size 8 Needles.  Make two.

  • Cast on 26 stitches
  • Knit 10 rows.
  • Bind off 10 stitches at the beginning of the next row.
  • Finish row.
  • Bind off 10 stitches at the beginning of the next row.  This will leave you with six stitches in the middle – five stitches on one needle, and one on the other.
  • Knit the remaining stitches for 20 rows.
  • Bind off.
  • Using a yarn needle, sew the bootie together at the toe and the sides.  Turn inside out.  Embellish if you prefer.

Note:  Footbed is 2 3/4 inches long.


Do you volunteer for a cause that is near and dear to your heart? 

One of you could win a pair of little booties or a knitted washcloth.  Your choice!


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38 thoughts on “Baby Booties for Craft Day! with Pam Crooks”

  1. What a beautiful thing you do.

    I volunteer at church which has a lot of missions.

    Not to take away from the heart of what you do, but those might fit a baby doll for a child, too. Or be used for a baby shower.


    • Absolutely, Denise! In fact, I have a couple of doll patterns that I intend to use to make burial gowns, so you’re right – the booties would be small enough.

      I didn’t think about a baby shower, though. There would be a lot of fun ways to incorporate them, wouldn’t there?

  2. That’s an amazing thing you are doing, to comfort parents when they need it most.

    In the past year, I have not volunteered as much as I once did. I still gather food for food drives, give blood, and donate to animal rescue.

    • All excellent causes, Zara! It’s mind-boggling how intense the need for food drives has been during and after the pandemic, isn’t it? So good for you!

  3. Wow those booties are adorable. I try to help donate food for food pantries and I also like to help donate to shelters for animals.
    Have a very fun-filled 4th of July Pam.

    • And you help authors promote their books, too! Ha! That’s an important cause, as well, Tonya – and all goes to show what a generous heart you have.

  4. Welcome. What a beautiful thing to do. I used to help out in our church’s nursery. I was in the kids ministry for 25 years.
    I love those washcloths. I tried making one and it turned out rather funny.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    • Fostering the love of God in children is a wonderful cause, Lori! No doubt you were a inspiring influence during those 25 years.

      I love these washcloths, too!

  5. You are very giving and the booties are adorable. I donate food, books and my time to help those in need.

  6. For years I have been available to many whose lives were difficult. I bring over meals, groceries, and spend time helping them.
    You are very creative and the booties are precious. What a wonderful endeavor.

  7. The booties are adorable. I’ve made the little caps for babies. I’ve worked on church related fund drives and craft fairs and fundraisers.

    L donate items to the local food bank and thrift store that supports the towns people in need.

  8. This is so touching, Pam. What a great way to spend extra time and would mean so much to grieving families. I regret I never learned to knit or crochet. I couldn’t get my nose out of a book long enough for my mom to teach me. I wonder if I’m too old.

    • I find the older I get, Linda, the more I want to learn. It’s like there’s a ticking clock inside me that tells me if I don’t learn soon, I never will. Life is too short to miss out on things you’d like to do but never took the time to do . . .

      Thanks for stopping by!

  9. What a lovely thing to do!! I can see my Mom doing this, if she were still alive. She loved to crochet, and was always making things.

    • I find it very relaxing and a wonderful creative outlet – in addition to writing books, of course!

      Your mom sounds like my kind of gal, Trudy.

  10. Those booties are so cute! I really admire you’re working with such a great organization. I can’t imagine the pain those families must feel at losing their babies so I would think it would be a great comfort to them knowing their babies will be buried in something made with love. Thank you for sharing.

    • I’m happy to share, Megan. You were as touched as I was when I first learned of this project. So many wonderful opportunities for volunteers to help others, isn’t there?

  11. Hi, the booties are beautiful, and what a very beautiful and touching cause you help with, God Bless you my friend. I volunteered as a Catechist for over 25 yrs. , now I only teach it to my 2 grandchildren that live in the same town we do. I also used to volunteer as a reading mentor for 2nd and 3 rd graders. Now my 2 grandchildren and my son in law that live in the same town we do volunteer at a food pantry, they go once a month and help out.

    • Ah, a Catechist! That truly is a wonderful and special calling, and you did it for so long. Good for you! Also, what important life lessons your grandchildren are learning as they help at a food pantry for those less fortunate. Your family teaches by example!

  12. What a neat way to show your love for others! Unfortunately I do not know how to knit. Years ago my grandmother tried to teach me, but I couldn’t get the hang of it. That would be a fantastic gift for premiers as stores do not carry anything small enough.

    • I agree, Karen. The stores don’t stock such tiny sizes, which – depending on one’s perspective – is both good and bad. I love that the hospitals keep a supply of tiny gowns, blankets, booties and hats right there. How comforting for the grieving parents.

  13. I have been volunteering most of my life. I have been a 4-H leader, Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout leader. I have volunteered for military groups on base as a military wife and community organizations that serve social issues. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer for 3 years. I have volunteered at church wherever we have lived. We volunteered at the local Animal Shelter for years and may be able to start doing so again soon. Currently I am volunteering with the Red Cross as a disaster responder and with their Service To The Armed Forces. I also volunteer at the local VA hospital with their No Vet Dies Alone Program among other things. My husband and I have just been tapped to start up a Compassionate Care Program at the VA in conjunction with the Red Cross. We strongly believe that those who are lucky enough to have enough or a lot should share with others. There is so much need out there and all volunteer organizations always need more volunteers.
    I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

    • Oh, my goodness, Pat, you wear me out just reading about all your volunteer goodness! It takes some pretty special people to do what you do, with a big heart inside.

      I admire you to the moon and back.

  14. My husband and I are disabled. We support our local Humane Society. We also feed the stray cats and kittens in our neighborhood. We have “regular” cats that come and go everyday. When we can, we keep an eye out to make sure they are okay. Any food that is left at night does not go to waste. We have raccoons that come and finish it off. I also support a child through Compassion.

    • What a kind thing you and your husband do in caring for stray animals, Debra! Some folks would just shoo hungry strays away, but you are showing them compassion. I applaud you.

  15. I love these types of projects, we have them in Texas, too. We also have a program that collects wedding dresses to make into Christening gowns for the babies too. I don’t believe I’d want to keep pictures of my deceased baby. I’m not sure. I guess I’d have someone keep them so if I asked at a later date I’d have some. I was 10 when I had a brother pass away from a dirt bike accident. We had pictures but if we come across any now we throw them away. This was 42 years ago & the makeup was not good that they did on him. My mother passed away last year & going thru her stuff I found some & it took me quite some time to get that image out of my head. Even now talking about it, him in the casket comes to memory first & I hate that. I did ask my father if he wanted them & he immediately said throw them away before I even got the complete sentence out. I can still remember my thoughts of the way my brother looked thru this memory. We had lived in Kentucky for several years and our neighbors were good friends of my family & their sons were good friends of my brother. They hit the road to come to the funeral with plenty of time, they thought, to get to the service without the mom missing too much work. Between road construction and a bad accident they didn’t make it in time but they came on to be with the family for a bit. When my mother asked them if they wanted to see the pics my reaction was, “do you want me to get a trashcan, just in case…” Unfortunately my mother was shocked because she thought he looked so good. Sure his suit & hair did but not his coloring. I still to this day think, “why do they put a child in a suit when they pass away?” I’m sure on the other side my brother thought, “what the heck do they have me wearing?!?!” I’m sure he’d rarely been so formally dressed up. At 14 he would have been freaking out if he’d have had to wear that suit & tie!! We had recently had a brother & sister get married when he passed away & we had only been back in Texas for a year when he passed away. I’m going to have to dig out pics of those weddings & see if he even had a suit on for those or just dress pants and a dress shirt which I’m sure he didn’t even want to wear! He was in the “I’m cool, 70’s vibe” at that juncture in his life. I had another brother pass away in 2016 when he was in a motorcycle accident. Yes we have a theme I guess. (Motorbikes) I have to say that makeup for the deceased has greatly improved. Sorry I got so far off topic. Things like this are therapeutic for me.

    I wish I knew how to crochet and/or knit. I’m so in tune you see. I don’t even know if there is a difference! The booties are adorable! I love the washcloths and I’ve thought of them often after your blog about them. Thank You for knitting booties for those adorable babes! The only thing even remotely similar I’ve done is floral wreaths for a donation for the penny auction my moms Zonta Club does to raise funds for scholarships for the local kids in my hometown.

    • Thank you for sharing, Steph. I learned more about you and your family, but I must pass on my condolences!! I didn’t know you lost your mother just last year. I know that’s hard.

      I will have to make you a washcloth sometime. I would love it if you had one from me. Hugs!

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