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How to Make A Heart-Shaped Pillow for Breast Cancer Patients

These instructions are provided as a help. If you have another way to make a heart-shaped pillow or a different pattern, feel free to use yours!

Just keep in mind that the ending product needs enough dip at the top of the heart for a lady to tuck it under her arm. This prevents pressure against the surgical site. It can also be worn at an angle to protect the surgical site from a seat belt.

The shoulder strap is to help her keep the pillow in place, but is not required.

Supplies:

  • ½ yard fabric
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Ribbon and fray check (if adding the optional shoulder strap)

Steps

  1. Print and cut out the pattern.
2. Fold the cloth in half and then in half again so that there are four layers of cloth with 2 folds.

2. Fold the cloth in half and then in half again so that there are four layers of cloth with 2 folds.

3. Place pattern on cloth on the double folded edge. Pin pattern to cloth or mark it with a pencil if needed.

3. Place pattern on cloth on the double folded edge. Pin pattern to cloth or mark it with a pencil if needed.

4. Cut the cloth through all four layers according to the pattern.

4. Cut the cloth through all four layers according to the pattern.

5. Place rights sides together of the two unfolded hearts.

5. Place rights sides together of the two unfolded hearts.

6. Mark where to leave an opening.

6. Mark where to leave an opening.

7. Pin the hearts together.

7. Pin the hearts together.

8a. Sew all the way around the heart except leave an opening for the stuffing.

8a. Sew all the way around the heart except leave an opening for the stuffing.

8b. Pivot at the point of the heart. Backstitch at each start and stop.

8b. Pivot at the point of the heart. Backstitch at each start and stop.

9. Clip the seam allowance by the point of heart to allow it to lay flat after it is turned right side out. You may clip additional places as needed.

9. Clip the seam allowance by the point of heart to allow it to lay flat after it is turned right side out. You may clip additional places as needed.

10. Turn the heart right side out.

10. Turn the heart right side out.

11. Iron.

11. Iron.

12. Add stuffing through the opening. Hand-stitch the opening shut.

12. Add stuffing through the opening. Hand-stitch the opening shut.

Local Distribution Ideas

  • Contact local hospitals or cancer treatment centers
  • Contact local breast cancer support groups
  • Personally deliver to friends in the church or community

PDF File

If you prefer having the instructions as a printable document, download it here.

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