Giving Back


About The Brightest Little Star Project

Sometimes the feeling of community is difficult to create in large cities like Berkeley, California.

The Brightest Little Star project is doing its part to change that – at least in the NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. The project has donated over 200 small handmade memory blankets that are presented to parents who have lost a little one.

The project is run by Amy Reid, a parent, whose son, Jonathan passed away in the NICU almost four years ago, and Suzan Steinberg, owner of Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley.

“Our hope is that parents who receive these precious blankets will realize there are others out there in the community that recognize what a tremendous loss they have suffered, and want to offer a small bit of comfort at a difficult time” said Reid.

Larger blankets in the same star flannel fabric are also given to babies in the NICU who are expected to be there for several months. After a newspaper article was published on the project last year, a mother’s group in the community sent in a large donation in memory of two children in their group. The donation was used to purchase fabric to make at least 200 more blankets. The donation went twice as far thanks to the support of Suzan and her store.

The group will hold the first of what they hope will become regular community sewing nights for the project at Stonemountain & Daughter in early May. Suzan is “hopeful that we can attract more volunteers to make this a long term community project for the NICU at Alta Bates. Our goal is to continue to have a blanket or quilt for each of the over 1200 newborns that are cared for each year”.

“With every tiny star we appliqué on each blanket we hope to stitch the community together. My hope is that the sewing sessions will bring together women from all over the East Bay and allow them to grow closer by sharing about their “little stars” and perhaps the memory of some of the tiniest ones who now shine down upon them,” said Reid.

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Consider bringing the Brightest Little Star Project to your Community!

We would love to see this effort “go viral” and spread to other areas in the country.  The need is always there in your local hospital or care facilities.

Here are some great ways to bring this Project to your area

1) See the four downloadable patterns below – consider downloading them
2) Contact any of our member stores for fabric suggestions, or materials to create these fun items – you can use the email link at the top or bottom of any page on this website
3) If you haven’t already, sign up for our Email Newsletter using the sign up bar at the top of the page. When you confirm your subscription, you will receive a 10% off coupon good at any Fine Fabric Stores Member Store.
4) Create some of the products and donate them to your local hospital or care facility
5) Email us with your success stories and we will feature you on this page and website!

 CLICK HERE for more information and below are  four different downloadable templates, including a Blanket Template, a Scent Doll Template,  a “Heart Wrap” or a “Hug A Board” Cover here:

Click here to download a PDF of Blanket instructions

Click here to download a PDF of Scent Doll instructions

Click here to download a PDF of Heart Wrap pattern and instructions

Click here to download a PDF of Hug-A-Board Covers pattern and instructions

Thanks so much for your support! We look forward to hearing from you!