October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So we thought, what better time to discuss and bring awareness to the mastectomy surgery and postoperative care? In this tutorial we are covering how to make a mastectomy pillow.
Are you about to have a mastectomy or know someone who is getting one? A mastectomy pillow is a definite must-have to support postoperative healing.
The pillows are specifically designed to provide comfort and assistance during the healing process. It is small enough to fit under your arm and thin enough to be placed between your chest and the seatbelt while travelling in a car. It also aids in protecting the incisions made during the surgery.
How to make a Mastectomy Pillow
Here is what you need to make a mastectomy cushion.
Cotton fabric approx ½ metre (if your fabric is directional you may require more).
Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine (we used an Opal 650)
Scissors and or rotary cutter with cutting mat
Optional: ¼” Foot
Seam allowance is ¼” Inch (0.5cm) unless otherwise specified.
Cut 2 x rectangles to 22cm x 33cm.
Measure and mark 8.5cm in from each side at the top of your rectangles. Then 8.5cm down from the centre, draw a semi-circle connecting these markings. Cut out.
Fold in half and ensure your pieces line up and look even.
With right sides together stitch around the pillow, leaving a 5cm cap in the bottom for turning.
Clip corners and turn right way out, and poke the corners out, so they are pointy.
Fill with the poly-fil.
Stitch the opening shut with a slip-stitch.
Mastectomy pillows can make postoperative recovery more comfortable and support the incisions while healing. Now that you know how to make a mastectomy pillow, you can make one for yourself, your friends and family or even to donate.
How are you getting involved this Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
At Husqvarna Viking Australia, we are committed to supporting our community. We are proud to be a partner of the McGrath Foundation, an organisation dedicated to creating awareness and funding research for breast cancer.
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