Holy Sews

Holy Sews provides handmade infant burial clothing for families that experience the loss of their baby during gestational weeks 16-25.  These micro preemie babies are much too tiny and fragile for any other clothing that is readily available. We accomplish this by supplying hospitals and funeral homes with a stock of layettes that families can choose from. All of this is provided at absolutely no charge to the hospitals, funeral homes, or the families that they serve.

We are entirely funded by donations and all of our garments are made by volunteers.

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Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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About Holy Sews

Mission Statement: Holy Sews, Inc. is organized to respond to a call to serve as God’s hands in the world; to show compassion to families experiencing the perinatal death of a child; to provide handmade layettes to treasure these infants who are too small for even preemie clothing; and to educate communities in caring for families experiencing perinatal bereavement.

What is a Layette? Our layettes consist of a small fleece blanket, a hooded wrap with a matching tunic, a knitted cap, a tiny teddy bear and a prayer card which includes a place for the parents to fill in information on the baby, as well as a place for the baby’s footprint.

How are the Layettes made? The layettes are made by the loving hands of our many volunteers. We have work days each month (see our Events Section for dates and locations) in Arkansas, Dallas/Fort Worth, and New York. For example, in Arkansas we meet on the second Sunday of each month from 1:30 to 4:30 to cut fabric and ribbon, to sew trim on blankets and buttons on tunics and to match sets together and prepare them for delivery. Many of our volunteers sew at home. We also have 14 chapters across the United States and Canada who are making layettes for hospitals in their areas.

Layette Distribution: As of January 2018, we currently serve over 375 hospitals, funeral homes, and organizations in all 50 states. We provide the layettes at no charge. Our plans are to continue extending our services into more hospitals, funeral homes, OB-GYN Clinics, and perinatal bereavement programs throughout the United States.

Getting Involved: There are many ways to get involved, including many tasks that don’t involve sewing. We also need volunteers to cut fabric and ribbon and to help package the finished product.  Contact Holy Sews to find out how you can get involved.

How can I become a liaison? If you are interested in becoming a liaison, please contact us so that we can send you a Non-Disclosure Agreement Form for you to fill out and sign and return to us. Once you have done that, we will send you layettes so that you can contact the hospital(s) in your area, show them a layette, and find out if they would like to benefit from our free services.

Chapter Locations


Please contact the Chapter Coordinator for workday times and locations.

Holy Sews’ Founding Chapter – Little Rock, Arkansas

Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church
1003 N. Tyler Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Chapter Coordinator: Mary Sue Whitelaw
Email: info@holysews.org

Hot Springs Village Chapter – Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Village Church of Christ
210 Balboa Road
Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Chapter Coordinator: Cheryl Zabroski
Phone: 501-915-0356
Email: info@holysews.org

Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter – DFW, Texas

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
1705 E. Peters Colony Rd.
Carrollton, TX 75507
Chapter Coordinator: Jennifer Kuncl
Phone: 214-794-3224
Email: jenniferk@holysews.org

New York Chapter – Oneonta, New York

St. Mary’s Church
39 Walnut Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Chapter Coordinator: Sallyann Lamanna
Phone: 607-432-5125

Illinois Chapter – Mt. Vernon, IL

West Salem Trinity UMC
4212 Broadway Street 
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Chapter Coordinator: Ranzie Callahan
Phone: 618-316-1045
Email: ranzie@holysews.org

Missouri Chapter – Springfield, MO

St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
2200 W Republic Rd|
Springfield, MO 65807
Chapter Coordinator: Pamela Stangeland
Phone: 417-860-3808
Email: pamela@holysews.org

Iowa Chapter – Graettinger, Iowa

Chapter Coordinator: LeAnn Tindal
Phone: 712-859-3159
Email: info@holysews.org