Crochet for a Cause: Gown for Butterfly Baby

 Crochet Layette in Lavender and White

I have few words for this post.  Except to say … when I got the little sleeves made for a Butterfly Baby, I broke down and cried.

I didn’t have the emotional stamina to create a new pattern for a bereavement/burial gown, but I found a pattern on Ravelry that’s just lovely for the purpose …

Pattern for a Little Gown

Little Gown Crochet Pattern for a Butterfly Baby


A Set in Lavender and White

Crochet Layette in Lavendar

A Set in White

Crochet Layette in White

 The hospital dresses the babies in gowns and blankets

to present them to their grieving parents.


a moment of pause

because this is hard

Pockets for Butterfly Babies

Some Butterfly Babies are so tiny, so fragile, they are best presented to the parents in a tiny little pocket.

I adapted a small purse pattern to make these pockets:

Pocket for a Butterfly Baby

Blue Pocket for a Butterfly Baby


Reality Check:  That’s about as much reality as I can handle in one post.



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  1. I am honored that you chose the Little White Dress for this. You have blessed me more than words can say, what a beautiful presentation. It is my hope that many families can be comforted from this dress pattern, its why I made it free from the beginning. Thank you so much for leaving me a message and letting me know. May I use this post/photos for an upcoming blog post?

    • Sarah, what a precious heart you have. Now that I’ve been getting into writing patterns, I can appreciate all the hard work that goes into it. All those those details! Thank you for creating such a beautiful pattern and sharing it for free. A true gift! I would be honored if you share the post (with photo credit), and thankful that others will learn about bereavement box ministries. So much hurt and so much love – to get the love hooked up with the hurt, that’s my heart.

  2. Denise Connor says:

    Hi Suzanne, Is there a pattern for the “Little white dress”? I crochet bereavement garments for Beth Israel Hospital (BIDMC)in Boston where my daughter works as a nurse in L&D. This looks perfect for what they need at times but the pattern says unavailable on Ravelry. Please let me know, Thanks Denise

  3. Sad to say, it looks like the original designer no longer has a public blog and the pattern is no longer available. 🙁

    I tried contacting her awhile ago when someone requested the pattern, but I haven’t heard back.

    I have a large crochet commission I have to work on this month and next, so I don’t have time right now to develop a pattern, but maybe one day in the future.

    In the meantime, you might find some other patterns for bereavement garments on my Pinterest Board for Butterfly Babies.

    How precious that you serve families in such a delicate and heartfelt way, Denise. <3

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