Charity sewing is a wonderful way to give back to the community. I have a number of tutorials for making items other than quilts for chemo centers and nursing homes on my charity sewing tutorials page. The Fidget Quilts and Port Softie Seatbelt Pads continue to be popular posts, and today I’ll add another tutorial for a very helpful item. Comfort Pillows are softly stuffed, larger pillows designed to place under the arm for patients who have had surgery on the chest like heart or breast surgery.
Beginning with 1/3 yard of fabric, open it up, and refold the edge to the center.
Repeat with the other edge.
Then fold in half, meeting the edge folds. Place the pattern on top with the ‘place on fold’ line on the two folds.
This will allow you to cut out two pieces at once.
Alternately, cut 2 pieces from individual pieces of fabric, placing the pattern on a fold.
Place fabrics right sides together.
Sew with 1/4-inch hem, leaving a space on the edge about 3-4 inches open to turn the pillow.
Clip the inside curves for turning.
Turn right side out, press the seam smooth and softly stuff with fiberfill.
Topstitch the opening closed. These pillows are used for a short time then usually discarded, so the closure doesn’t have to be fancy or hand-sewn.
In a jiffy, the pillows are done. I put together four in just an hour! These are so appreciated by local cancer centers and surgical centers. The design allows the center of the pillow to go all the way up under the arm, allowing them to stay in place with just the weight of the arm with no extra ties or fasteners needed.
Download the free pattern – Comfort Pillow
Aside from using up some stash in a hurry, it is a great use for those fabrics that you bought and now don’t want to use in a quilt anymore. Just an 11-inch piece of yardage will do, perfect to tie up odds and ends of yardages left over from other projects too. This green fabric isn’t the same quality as my other quilt fabrics but I didn’t realize that when I got it, so into pillows it went. The blue and yellow print has a section where the color is fading, but no one will notice that on a pillow. The more masculine print is one from a bolt I have, we cannot forget that some of the patients are men.
Do you have a special project for charity sewing?
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