This is a pressie I sent to Joanna. It's a masectomy pillow. The idea is to tuck the cleavage of the heart under your arm to take the weight and pressure of your arm off the inscision. I used this wonderful dimpled chenille. It's so soft I couldn't quit petting it while I was sewing it. Anyway, it arrived at Joanna's finally and I hope it will bring her lots of comfort and healing. If you know someone who needs one, they really are simple to make.
1. Cut a large paper template of a heart out.
2.Fold your fabric right sides together and pin your template securely on top.
3.Using your sewing machine, stitch around the edge of the template, leaving a 4 inch opening on one of the straight sides.
4. Remove the template and trim the fabric to within a 1/4 of your sewing line. Clip the curves.
5. Turn right side out and stuff firmly with fibrefill. (You can add a little prayer for healing, written on fabric with a pigma pen to the stuffing at this point if you like!)
6. Hand sew the opening shut.
EDIT: For those of you who wanted to know how big I made the heart, I used a 15 inch square of paper and cut the heart from that. I folded the paper in half and drew 1/2 the heart, then cut it out on that line to make it symetrical. I used the heavy brown parcel paper you get on a roll to make the template.
For those of you who have already mailed off your contributions for the Breast Friends Collaborative, THANK YOU!! If you haven't mailed yours yet, please do so ASAP so I can get the everything put together before the month's end. THANKS!!