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MASTECTOMY PILLOWS
Community Service Project for Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center/Hartford Hospital


Finished Dimensions: 8“ x 8” Square or 8” x 16” Rectangle*
 Cotton fabric, any color (should be machine/hand washable)
 Fiberfill.

Sewing items:
 Ruler
 Scissors
 iron
 press cloth
 straight pins
 sewing machine
 sewing needle
 sewing thread to match fabric
 Optional: rotary cutter and mat

Cutting Instructions: For one finished pillow either 8”x 8” square (7” x 7” would also be ok) or 8” x 16” rectangle
 Cut two pieces fabric either 8 ½” x 8 ½” or 8 ½” by 16 ½”.
Optional: Use a pre-printed pillow panel or a pieced /appliquéd panel for the pillow front and/or pillow back. Leftover or “orphan” blocks would work well too.

Sewing Instructions:
 Place two pieces of fabric right sides together. Sew seams using 1/4” seam allowance, leaving a space open for stuffing the pillow. Clip/trim/finish seams as necessary.
 Turn pillow inside out; iron if needed. Stuff with fiberfill—not too soft or too hard. Try to get a “medium” weight or feel to it.
 Machine or hand stitch the opening closed.
 
Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center mastectomy patients are given three pillows – two 8” and one 8” x 16” rectangle

Pillows will be collected at every Tuesday meeting.

Thank you all for participating.
 
 
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