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Emily Jasmine uses merino off-cuts from her apparel company, Opus Fresh, to make tiny little hats for the premature babies in Wellington’s neonatal ward.

She doesn’t have time to use all her scraps so has been running workshops to teach others to make the hats. Sleeping comfort studies from the University of Sydney and the University of Michigan show that babies that sleep in merino put on weight faster, sleep better and cry and wake less than those wearing any other fabric.

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