We're excited to share a new opportunity with you for how you can impact patients facing serious illnesses! Many times volunteers ask the question, "I don't know how to knit or crochet, but I LOVE to sew? How can I serve?" While there are several ways you can make hats by sewing them, we are thrilled to have a new project for you that will be extremely impactful to cancer patients.
When cancer patients have their port inserted before beginning chemotherapy treatments, the skin around the port can become extremely sensitive and uncomfortable. A port pillow is placed underneath the patients seatbelt to make riding in a vehicle more comfortable.
Port Pillows can be made without even using needle and thread! This makes for a really easy project just using fabric of your choice, poly fill and fabric glue. Of course, if you have a sewing machine or serger, you can easily sew them as well.
1 yard of fabric
needle and thread
a bag of poly-fil stuffing
grosgrain ribbon (1" thick) - cut in 12" pieces
fabric glue or sewing machine
Cut your fabric in squares that are 8 inches x 6 inches. Make a seam (or place a line of fabric glue) along 3 sides of your rectangle about a half inch into the fabric. If you're using fabric glue, make sure you are glueing the side of the fabric that you want on the outside. Let it dry (about an hour) and flip inside out (where the fabric is facing up). Stuff with poly-fill and fold the fourth side in and either make a seam or use your fabric glue to close the pillow. Take your ribbon and glue to your pillow in the center of the back side. The pillow can then be tied around the seat belt to provide comfort to a patient while riding in a vehicle.
818 Ministries will be accepting port pillows moving forward to be packaged with letters of encouragement to impact patients facing serious illnesses. We're excited about this new opportunity and praying for the patients that the port pillows will impact. Hopefully this will help make their experience a little less painful and will bring some encouragement to their day! As always, you can ship hats + a NICU octopus + port pillows + letters of encouragement to the address below:
PO Box 52343
Knoxville, TN 37950
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Cheering for you,
Executive Director, 818 Ministrie