I’ve not blogged for a bit—not been feeling it since my friend discovered she has cancer. Hold on—this is not going to be a sad blog post—I’m sharing something I made for her that she really found helpful and I want to spread the word that it may be welcomed by loved ones who are undergoing chemotherapy.
When she told me she’d be having chemo treatments, I did some internet research on what I could do. I found several pins about chemo care hats and care packages and created a board of Chemo Patterns and Gift Tips. So, I did a little shopping and put together a chemo care bag of items she might find helpful:
- Lubriderm lotion
- Aquaphor lotion
- hand sanitizer
- Lemon Heads hard candies (lessens the metallic taste during chemo)
- travel pack of Kleenex
- fuzzy socks with non-slip bottoms
- lip balm
- knitted cap
- t-shirt head scarves in colors she typically wears (easy to make video tutorial here)
- Crossword puzzle book with pens (chemo takes several hours)
I also knit her a shawl (Ravelry page with details here):
While surfing Pinterest for ideas, I discovered a little pillow that Velcros onto a seatbelt so it doesn’t rub uncomfortably over the chemo patient’s port. Here’s the pin with FREE pattern and tutorial that inspired me to make a seatbelt port pillow for her. This project is very easy and would make much appreciated charity gifts for those with a port implant.
And here’s what I made:
Because the Velcro is attached at the sides, the pillow is reversible
The fabric is 100% cotton flannel in a pretty print that I picked up in the remnants section of JoAnn. I purchased the Velcro there as well with one of their usual percent-off coupons. The poly stuffing, I had already. So this was an affordable project to sew.
I decided two Velcro strips would make the pillow stay in place better. Very easy to make, but, according to my friend, so appreciated because it spares her the irritation of a seatbelt rubbing over the port area. She also added that friends who either had or knew someone with a chemo port had never seen this, but thought it was a great idea. So I’m spreading the word for more folks to be aware of these.
My intention is that this will help someone you know or would be a great charity item for a group to make. If children are too young to sew, or if you have a group, the pillows could be pre-sewn and volunteers can add the stuffing, then the small opening could later be quickly sewn closed on a machine.
I can’t fix my friend’s cancer, but I like to think that at least I can make her chemo treatments a tiny bit more bearable with these gifts.