Aug 8, 2019

Heart Filled Days

It’s all I have to bring today—
This, and my heart beside—
This, and my heart, and all the fields—
And all the meadows wide—

Be sure you count—should I forget
Some one the sum could tell—
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.  

 --Emily Dickinson

My Own Heart Shaped Comfort  Pillow for Breast cancer

Catho-Port post surgery, Chemotherapy Seatbelt Protection, Aids in Comforting Pain of Coughing (clasp to chest as with heart surgery patients who are told to bend into a pillow as they coughl


Directions for making your own Heart Shaped Breast Cancer or Heart Disease Comfort Pillow:
1. Tape 2 sheets of 8 5" x 11" printing paper together. 

2.  Fold back into 1 sheet using taped seam to draw a half elongated heart shape, just like cutting school Valentines!

3.  Cut out both halves at once. Open and use as your pattern.

4. Cut out 2 hearts from your fabric of choice.

5. Using the 2 pieces of fabric (front + back) sew together using standard  5/8"  seam along outside curved heart shaped edge but leaving a 6" opening for filling with stuffing!

6. Turn right sides out. 

7. Stuff with polyester fiber fill, kubuying new in bag from a fabric store) or using recycled stuffing from any fluffy pillow or even cutting up leftover quilt batting as i did into 2" pieces!

8. Once fully stuffed, pin opening edges together and hand stitch closed.

For chemo-port or post mastectomy patients, place heart pillow below one breast angling center curve of heart underneath that area. Seat belt crosses over the body of the pillow when in use.

  💜  Another option  💜

Make small tiny pillows to tuck under places seat belt rubs. Anything whatsoever in the 4 to 6 inches long and/or wide range works.

Give to someone you love or anyone in need or make and  donate to any hospital or ancer care center in honor and memory of someone you loved.

These are also wonderful for those recuperating from chest surgery of any kind, as one does after Cardiac Surgery etc. See, my pieced pillows ormake your own from solid fabric or fleece using my link above.

And here on my huge list of things that can be made, given, or donated to help others.

My Blog List of Free Patterns for Cancer Awareness: Quilts, Ribbons, Quilts, Caps, Pillows, Pouches, and other Projects

Come back frequently.  I now only type, post and blog on my cell phone and it takes a lot of corrections to get a post finally corrected and finished!

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.


O'Quilts said...

Sending my heart to join yours.
I named my daughter after Emily D.

Michele Bilyeu@ With Heart and Hands said...

Oh dear Grandma O'Quilts, it never ceases to warm my heart the endless connections between friends...even those of us online drawn to each others good works and meaning filled words of life.

quiltmom anna said...

this is such a cute idea Michele- I must make a few- my aunt is currently recovering from the treatments she had for breast cancer. You have such an amazing kind heart and giving spirit- thanks for sharing these ideas. Sending healing thoughts to Terin - Hope you are getting some rest and taking care of yourself too. Love and Hugs, Anna

Michele Bilyeu said...

Bless you so very much, Anna. You have the most dearest 💜