As you MAY have heard, since we totally won’t stop talking about it, FaveQuilts and AllFreeSewing are right in the middle of our National Breast Cancer Awareness Month charity drive. We are making these amazing pillows, designed to alleviate pain and discomfort of post-op patients. The pillow provides a nice cushion between the arm and the tender area, protecting it from pressure and bruising.
Well, after we had such a great time sewing pillows with local Girl Scouts, we decided to hold another pillow-making event here in the office. This time we crammed all of our editors into our craft room over the day to use up our leftover fabric. With Fairfield‘s amazing Poly-Fil Fiber Fill and Bernette sewing machines donated by BERNINA, we made tons of gorgeous new pillows for breast cancer patients!
This pillow is so easy to make, even folks who have never sewn a stitch in their life can do it. Just print out the template, cut your fabric, and sew! You can hand-stitch the pillows if you don’t have access to a sewing machine, it’ll just take a bit more time.
If you’ll give us just a moment to get on our soapbox, 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of their lives, according to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation—this means that roughly every TWO MINUTES, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s a huge, scary number. Almost everyone knows someone who has suffered from this terrible disease. It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of it, which is why we love these pillows and this cause so much.
While there are many ways to treat and overcome cancer, many cases require single or double mastectomies. This surgery, both incredibly invasive and traumatizing, requires long hours of uncomfortable recovery. The Hands-on-Heart Breast Cancer Pillow is specifically designed to help alleviate some of that discomfort by fitting neatly into the space between the patient’s arm and chest, protecting the sensitive area from bumps and undue pressure.
We have already received so many beautiful pillows, but we want this to be a record-shattering year! Send us a pillow and you’ll be automatically entered to win a Grand Prize from Fairfield valued at $250.00! Give a little, get a little—our favorite kind of good deed.
Thank you to everyone who has sent in a pillow so far … and we hope to see many more in the coming weeks!