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Infant Incubator Studio Project 12-11 Beth McGee


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Table of Contents Supply List Swaddler Instructions Mat Instructions Boundary Use Instructions Patterns and Instructions

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Supply List

Patterns, iron, and a sewing machine with basic stitch (fancy stitches optional) (n.i.c.) Sewing: Scissors. Price: $8 Straight pins. Price: $6 set with cushion Fadeout marker. Price: $8 1/2 yard (1 in wide) Velcro. Price: $7 Thread. Price: $4 multi pack Point turner (optional) Needle. Price: $2 pack of 3 24� flexible drafting curve. Price: $10 1 pound bad of buckwheat hulls. Price: $8 Fabric: 1 yard of organic fleece. Price: $11/yard 1 yard of organic fabric. Price: $9/yard 1 package of Poly-Therm Fleece w/Heat Reflecting Polyethylene Film Silver. Price $7/pkg 1/2 yard of Xorel fabric. Price: $26/yard Other: Heating mat- microwire with fuzzy logic control, max temp of 104 degrees F, to fit in mat. Price: $75 approx. 12 Volt 31 Amp Hour Gel-Cell Battery Extreme Deep Cycle 8GU1. Price: $149.00 BSP40W Batterystuff 40 watt Solar Panel if reliable power not available. Price: $181 Total price: ~$500.00

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Swaddler Instructions Step1: Cut out the pieces from the fabric and foil A.

Cut out the paper pattern pieces from the patterns provided.

B. Fold the cotton fabric with right sides together and selvedge edges aligned. Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric aligning the fold marks with the fold of the fabric using Swaddler Template A-1 thru 3and B-1 thru 2. Cut out each piece following the solid cutting lines on the pattern. Before you remove the pattern, transfer the darts and other placement marks to the Wrong side of the fabric on both sides of the fold on each piece.

Pin pattern to fabric

C. Repeat step B with the fleece. Repeat step B with the foil and Swaddler Template C-1 and B-1thru 2. D. Using a fadeout marker transfer the Velcro placement marks onto the corresponding cotton and fleece.

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Components after being cut out.

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Swaddler Instructions Step 2: Sew the swaddler A. Starting with the darts, on the large cotton piece, with the Right sides together, fold over the fabric so that a fold runs down the center of the dart triangle and both straight marked lines match up. Pin. Pin the B-1 and B-2 foil pouch fabric to the matching fabric outer fabric with the foil side away from the fabric and pin. Repeat for all the darts on both pieces of fabric. Machine stitch from the raw edge of the fabric to the end of the darts, back stitching at the beginning and end. You should sew all the way to the fold at dart’s end. Trim the seam allowances to ¼”, clipping open the fold to lay flat and press with an iron. Repeat on the fleece patterns.

Sew darts

B. With the cotton pieces Right sides together, place the bottom of the swaddler on the larger top piece. Pin. Make sure it’s aligned perfectly with the placement marks around the bottom curve and edges. Repeat with the fleece pieces. Machine stitch from the placement mark on one side around the curve to the Complete on bottom and mark on the other side. Machine stitch at the beginning and end. Repeat with the fleece pieces. Trim the seam allowance to ¼ in up the placement marks and back (see next page) clip around the curved edges (be careful not to cut through the seam). Press the seams open. C. Add the Template C-1 foil to the Wrong side of the fleece larger piece, with the foil side up (See D-1). Use a decorative stitch to sew around foil - ¼” seam

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Trim darts and press, attach foil fabric items

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Swaddler Instructions D. Turn the cotton layer Right side out, and leave the fleece layer Wrong side out. Insert the cotton layer inside the fleece layer, so that the Right sides of the layers are facing each other, tucking the pouch part down inside the swaddler and aligning the flaps and edges. Pin around the back, flaps, and top of the pouch. Leave a 3 in opening under the flaps. Stitch along the pinned edges, being sure to leave the opening unstitched and backstitching at the beginning and end. Ease your way around the corners where the pouch meets the top of the swaddler. Trim the seam allowance to ¼ in, except at the 3 in opening on one of the flaps. Clip the curved edges, being careful not to clip through the seam. Clip the corners at a 45 degree angle. Turn the swaddler Right side out through the opening, smoothing the curved parts with your fingers and using your point turner to poke out the corners. Tuck the fleece pouch layer inside the cotton layer. The fleece should be the inside of the swaddler. E. Fold the ½ in seam allowance on both sides of the opening inside. Press and pin. Slipstitch the opening closed by hand.. On the cotton layer flaps, pin the prickly side of the Velcro pieces, aligning with the placement marks. Machine stitch around the Velcro, backstitching at the beginning and end. A fancy stitch can be used. F On the fleece layer, pin the soft t side of the Velcro pieces, aligning with the placement marks. Machine stitch around each side of the Velcro, backstitching at the beginning and end. A fancy stitch can be used. Original pattern “Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers” by Lotta Jansdotter

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Sew together the top to the back and the foil to the arm bands. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Add Velcro and slipstitch closed.

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Mat Instructions A.

Cut out the paper pattern pieces from the patterns provided.

B. Cutout the Xorel according to the pattern by pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric aligning the marks. Mark the opening the needs to be left for turning the pattern right side out. C.

Sew the pattern with the right sides together and leave the opening as marked.

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Turn the fabric right side out and insert the heating element.

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Slipstitch the opening closed by hand. Seal around the cord with super glue.

Cut out pattern.

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Sew together and insert mat. Stitch closed.

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Boundary Instructions A.

Cut out the paper pattern pieces from the patterns provided.

B. Cutout the cotton and the foil fabric according to the pattern by pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric aligning the marks. Cut out each piece following the solid cutting lines on the pattern. Before you remove the pattern, transfer the Velcro placement marks to the Right side of the fabric. C. Add the 24� flexible drafting curve and hand stitch to fleece side of foil fabric at least in three places. D.

Sew along the long side with a ½� seam allowance.

E.

Sew the ends closed using a folding method or curved line.

F.

Using a funnel fill with Buckwheat.

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Hand stitch top closed.

Cut out fabric.

Foil fabric.

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Add flexible rod and buckwheat inside of foil/fabric lining. Position as desired.

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Use Instructions Recommendations for specific preterm infant body positions according to Sweeney and Gutierrez include the following: www.yourheartofillinois.com/2010_12_01_archive.html

Supine: Head near midline for skull shaping; support under the shoulder and humerus to prevent shoulder

retraction and allow hands to chest or mouth; rolls under the legs to promote flexion and against lateral thighs to prevent excessive hip abduction and external rotation..

Sidelying: Alternate sides routinely neutral head-trunk alignment; support (roll) behind head and trunk and

between the legs; allow hands to engage at midline and reach mouth; if shoulder retraction of the top arm persists, use swaddling or a cloth strap from the bunting to stabilize the arm toward midline.

Prone: Horizontal diaper roll under hips to maintain posterior pelvic tilt and hip flexion; lateral support to

legs and feet to prevent foot eversion and excessive hip abduction and external rotation; alternate the direction of head turn; for markedly hypotonic infants use a vertical (sternum to pubis) diaper roll to support the infant’s chest and minimize shoulder retraction (2002, pp. 8–9).

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Patterns and Instructions Print the following patterns on 8 1/2� x 11� paper. Use overlapping information to align papers and then tape them together to form one whole pattern of each item needed. Cut out pattern with scissors along the solid black line on the outer edge of the pattern and use to pin to corresponding fabric.

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Studio project 2011 Beth McGee


Infant Incubator Instruction Booklet