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Some steps confused me a little and I was wondering if you would be kind enough to post a video tutorial. I will be making some of these i will be starting treatment tomorrow November 22nd.

Again Thank you so much!! You are an inspiration and I am going to make some too. God Bless and I will say a prayer for everyone going through these challenges of life. I am also going to make these for seatbelts. I also had cancer and a port. I also had to wear a pump home for three days after the office infusion. I found a small handmade should bag that really worked holding the pump.

I didnt have pockets. It was only about 7 inches long and 5 inches across. The shoulder strap was long enough for me. Maybe i would use velcro to make it adjustable. I also wore it under a top to kinda hide it out in public. A lot of others were interested in it. I need to get off my butt this winter and make a bunch. Thank you for for your ideas!! Ive been clear on my last tests.!! It was stage 3 colon cancer No early warnings, i just kept putting off my test. At 50 yrs old would have been a polyp.

At 55 waould have been stage 2. Please do the test!! So easy, really, you feel nothing afterward. I recently gave away all of my material, but I could start collecting again. My sister is wanting to start learning to sew. What a great way to start. It was wonderful to receive these items. I would love to give back. Praying all is well. Thank you so much for this tutorial. Love and hugs, from Christy in Florida.

Enlarge the picture of the finished pillow by clicking on it and the details are much better! I am four years cancer free!

I have a lot of scrap materials and will be making some for the cancer center I attended. Even though my port has been out for two years, that area is still tender and constantly moving my seat belt around.

Will experiment on myself first and then make more! Thank you for sharing your pattern. I also celebrate my cancer free birthdays! Hi Kathy-I hope you are well. Thank you for your post. I love to do charity sewing and this is perfect. Is it necessary to have Velcro or could you use ribbon to tie the pillow to the seatbelt?

Just an idea, what do you think? I found your blog while searching Google to find out what these pillows look like. Thank you for posting the pictures, the dimensions, and the instructions for making them. I wanted to do some charity work for Lent! Jan on March 13th at 8: I just found out I have cancer.

I read your story and was touched deeply. I hope to be as strong as you going through this. Hope to stay in touch with other survivors.

Kathy are out ok? What a wonderful idea this is. Sorry I am very very late in replying …. And thanks for joining in! Hi, I just found this post thru Pinterest. I had no idea of how useful this could be to person going thru chemo. Thank you for sharing it and I hope you are doing well. I have been very neglectful about replying to comments and I apologize.

I am doing well, thank you! My mom and sister were both diagnosed with breast cancer 6 months apart. I am sitting here in the surgical waiting room waiting for my mom to have her second port-a-cath placed. Such a great idea! The perfect idea, just when I needed it! Sorry I am so late in replying! Too much at one time! My daughter is a breast cancer survivor and I wish I had known about these when she had her port.

I am thinking that two pillows might be better than just one. By placing one above and one below the port site, it might be more comfortable. I asked my daughter and she totally agreed. But the one thing we could never figure out was how for her to wear a seatbelt after her reconstruction.

It was a concern but just not possible. Actually her doctor gave her a written statement that she should not wear one. Consequently, she did not travel at all during that time. Bless you for taking the time to provide these little treasures to those who can use them. I live in a very small town quite a distance from any kind of treatment centers, but maybe they would accept something by mail. This is something I will look into. My mother was a Hoskins! Whatever works to make someone more comfortable is good with me!

Sorry for my very late reply! My 45 yr old son-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 colon and liver cancer. Currently undergoing chemo and he to complained of the strap cutting across his neck with the home chemo pack. Going to try making some but adjust the size.

He also complained of his hands being cold sensitive so made him some micro wave bowl cozies but adijusted the size for using to hold anything cold. My prayers go out to each and everyone. I have been very neglectful in responding to comments lately. I hope your son-in-law is doing well.

I underwent my first chemo treatment a little over a week ago. I have to say the seat belt is very annoying on my port. Thank you so much for sharing. I think I will make up several with my mom. She is constantly trying to find ways of helping me. We are also making soft knit, yet stylish, hats for me to wear. Hi Kathy Hope all is well with you, and prayers for continued good health! Thanks for posting this pattern! What a great idea and a great act of charity,.

I think these little pillows are needed everywhere there is a cancer treatment facility!!! I volunteer at one of those places and today I found out that our supply that a Girl Scout troop had made, was running very low.

A few minutes later I assisted a patient who had a lovely quilt. She said that her sister made the quilt. The light went on and I asked her sister if she could make us some of these pillows. She got really excited about doing it, so I left a copy of your pattern with her!!!

Thank you so much for posting the pattern!!! Quilters are my best source of fabric! It takes so little fabric to make one of these pillows and my quilting friends often have scraps that I can use.

Thank you for this great idea. My husband passed from colon cancer this year. The LORD willing, I will get some of these made up to share with the patients at the cancer center where my husband visited. Thanks again for giving me a way to bless those who are going through it now. I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Cheryl. Any pillows you make will be a blessing to those who receive them. You know what little things mean.

Thank you so much for these directions! Never had heard of them before which is surprising since we have had many family members with ports.

I will be whipping up some to donate and it is a perfect craft to do with my kids! Keeping you in my prayers Kathy. I sew and from what ive seen I will be able to make several of these cushions—I may add some lavender into the stuffing. I will be taking then to our local hospital so hopefully they will be able to help other patients.

Thank you again to the lady whose friends asked her to make these cushions , you have helped so many and in deed me. I have lots of scraps of material and would be glad to make some of these pillows, do you know the address of where I could send them? Hope your doing well.

Prayers for you, Karen Roberts. I go in for my third six month appointment today. Kudos to every one who is working on survivorship! Also, a shout out for the caregivers. I hope everyone has one as great as my husband has been. Using up scraps and the stuffing left over from other projects. I always wonder how much stuffing so I checked this posting. One more thing I do with the Velcro is make the rough side at least an inch shorter. I make the soft side shorter too. When making batches of 30 every inch adds up.

I buy my hooks and loops off the roll. I made one for myself out of a minky scrap to use to protect my neck from the seatbelt when riding in the back seat. Thanks for sharing your pattern for the port pillow. I have started making them for our local hospital cancer center. I have a friend who has a pacemaker who also had problems with the seat belt being uncomfortable so I made one for him! Best wishes for continued good health. I think the pillow is a Wonderful idea, I am a Breast Cancer Cerviver 5years , when I had a port for the chemo my partner he put a piece of sheepskin on my seat belt which did help , I have joined some lovely ladies who call themselves the Knitted Knockers , we knit cotton implants for ladies who have had Mastectomies, they are free to everyone who would like them , lovely to see the kindness of one another in times of ill health.

Wonderful idea and so easy to make. I hate hand sewing so just tucked ends in and top- stitched. Most important, of course, are people with a port. However, they are great for most anyone who finds the seat belt uncomfortable.

I will be making lots of them! Dear angel on earth. I lost my husband after his second cell transplant and I thank you for the wonderful idea for helping a potion of the community that is many times overlooked. Many people would like to help others but so many times the ideas that are presented are for money making.

Thank you for generously offering the instructions and clearly showing how it is done. God bless you aann may the next year find your health and life in wonderful condition. I am a stage 3 colon cancer survivor. I wish I had one of these pillows when I had my port. I stumbled upon this while searching for something to make for my Relay for Life event. I think this will be something that folks will appreciate. Thank you for taking the time to post this. What a wonderful act of kindness you are doing for so many people.

My sister has had cancer and is presently in remission, however she is still having chemo and has a port. This will add to make her a little more comfortable. I am glad I found this. What a great idea. I also have a friend that has cancer that has to go for treatment. I hope you are doing well and thank you. Hi, I just saw your post. Hopefully you are in best of health, I pray. Thank you so much for this Portacath pillow idea, It must be very therapeutic to make them, I will certainly make some and donate it to cancers centers around my city.

Just praying that I am able to do it. Thank you once again. Less of a problem with knitting than crochet, I would think.

You can give it a try. I would suggest synthetic yarn rather than wool so that it could be washed if needed. What a wonderful idea. I am basically housebound so I busy myself with craft work. I lost my mum to metastases breast cancer in These would be great to make in her name for people battling this darn desease.

I am delighted to hear you are still cancer free. I would like to note I do believe in God. With your post, God gave me a wink. Let me explain before you think I am crazy. I always get notifications from Pinterest. My mother was free of breast cancer for almost a year. After she had a bunch of test, she was notified the week be for Christmas that she had metastatic stage 4 breast cancer. Her breast cancer was back and spread into her lung and lymph nodes.

I was hoping to share something with others to show they are also loved. Hats took me too long and I simply could not think of anything. So I had no ideas. God winked and made me click on my Pinterest notification and led me to you and your idea.

I opened my Pinterest Notification. I may make one change depending on how it feels. I will probably be lazy and use a top-stitching seam around the pillow to close up the end after stuffing. LOL My hand sewing leaves a lot to be desired. Oooh maybe I can use a strip of fusible stuff.

Miss Kathy, I apologize for going on and on. God Bless You and may you continue to be cancer free. I will be making this for our office. Just love the idea, thanks Donna. What a great idea to give back to those who needs it.

Always good to give back I hope all your Families are progressing well with their treatments! God Bless you all! Found this info and will immediately make her several of these pillows and add a fabric cross inside them.

It would be nice to have one for each car she rides in but the velcro allows her to take it with her to use any time she rides in a different car. Someone mentioned placing a fabric cross inside and I plan to take the ones I make to be prayed over and blessed by the pastor and congregation, much like a prayer cloth would be. There are healing powers in those prayers! Hi Kathy, Iike many others here I, too, am a cancer survivors of two going on 7 years now and I feel so blessed.

I am sewer and wanted to do something nice for all that I was given and these lil pillows are perfect. I will begin tomorrow and hope to make enough by the following Monday to take some in. May God Richly Bless you and your family. Thank You and have a blessed week ahead.

Kathy God Bless you and many more years of good health. Is it possible to send me the address for this hospital in Texas. I would like to make some an donate them to this hospital. Is there anything else I can make that would help out some of the Patients?

I have lots of fabric to use up. I have known too many friends with cancer and hope to make these to give to the local hospital. Sending lots of love your way , Lesley xx. This would e a great project for high school children to do. It would help the patients and the students. Most school systems require a student to give back to the community with projects of ideas in such as one like this. I really need an address of this hospital in Texas, so I may talk with my school district.

They maybe interested they may not but I would really like to offer this to them. But I need this one more thing. Thank you I just went and bought my materials to start making these port pillows.

There are cancer centers and hospitals in every community. I suggest that you locate a local medical facility that would appreciate receiving the pillows. Walmart has lots of economical cardstock! Pinterest has lots of great ideas for handmade card decorating. Scripture says fervent prayer availeth much. You Can put it under your arm if you lost a breast, or take it and hold around it. Here it is a great succes.

If someone are interresting I Will try to get the pattern. Best regards and have a good year. Hello to everyone that has sent loving messages of hope and love. I myself had 3 breast cancer operations over a few years. Resulting in eventually having a double mastectomy and ive never looked back. Every time you have the chemo imagine good solders blasting out the bad—sounds a simple thing to do but the more chemo you have the worse you feel so something simple is more manageable.

I found the radiotherapy just as bad-trying to look after 3 children and feeling that poorly all the time. That was 7 years ago and going strong. This opportunity of helping others is a way of travelling the cancer free road even more enjoyable.

There are so many people still experiencing dreadful news from hospital appointments my heart goes out to all of them. What a wonderful idea! Sewing is one of my greatest joys in life. I will be making these to donate to our local clinic. Thank you so much.

I hope things are well with you. Hope that today is a day of celebration for you as I see that it is the anniversary of your stem cell transplant. I am a 18 month breast cancer survivor. The day of my surgery I received a bag that contained a heart shaped pillow to put under my arm after the surgery to relieve the pressure on the incisions under my arm and on the tumor site.

I keep it in the truck, because for some reason riding in a vehicle causes there to still be pain in that area at times. Have another heart pillow that I made that I keep in my car. Have another small travel size pillow that I use in the bed at night to help relieve the pressure that still causes discomfort all these months later. Each time I see my heart pillow I am so thankful that someone cared about what I was going through to make the pillow and donate it to the hospital where I was cared for.

A few months ago I made some port pillows to be put in the infusion room at the cancer center and they went very quickly. I would like to make some more, but the pattern that I used, took a while to make and so I have not gotten any more made. I saw your pattern and thought I would try it. I had seen your pattern before, but was concerned about the velcro getting against the patients skin and causing discomfort. Was that a problem at all for you?

The other pattern I used uses fabric straps and then adds a small piece of velcro to the end. The straps are part of the reason it takes so long to make the pillows. The concern I had with the fabric strap is that there might not be enough velcro on them to keep the pillow on the seat belt. Thank you for sharing the information that you share about these pillows. I was blessed not to have to have a port, but many of my friends have had to have one and I know that they are very uncomfortable for some.

Thanks for noticing my 4th birthday! It is such a comfort when we are blessed with a heart pillow or whatever it is that makes us feel cared for and more comfortable.

I have not been bothered by the velcro on the pillow I use. It had not been trimmed to size and sometimes bothered me, but once trimmed, no problem. Some velcro is much stiffer than others. Kathy this is wonderful. Thanks for sharing the pattern. My daughter had deep brain stimulation in and they are on her right and left sides of her chest.

I sure wish I would of known sooner. I am definitely going to make some to donate. If anyone needs one and cannot make one themselves or know of someone please contact me and I would be happy to make and send them and hats if needed just send me there address at 8Luv2Knit8 gmail. I feel blessed that I found this site. My sweet young friend who is like our granddaughter found out recently she has breast cancer.

She gets her port tomorrow and chemo begins next week. She has two young girls and her husband just found out that the company he is working for is closing the location he is at. They will most likely relocate to another site 3 hours away.

The baby girl is being christened this Sunday and we are going to be there. I wanted to do something for her. They are huge Clemson Tiger fans. I have some Clemson fabric. She will love it. Grace and blessings to Kathy and to everyone who reads this. Thank you for the post. I wish I would have found it last year when my late husband had a cardiac catheterization. If you make it little bigger it would work for open heart patients as well. I have just seen this post and pinned it.

This is a wonderful idea. I would like to know if this size pillow would also work for children who have cancer. We have a family member going through treatment now and I know he would appreciate this and anything else that would make it more comfortable.

I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing, I am a breast cancer survivor and I have a port. This is a perfect solution. I made several pretty pockets for a hospital, they are pockets to pin inside of your shirt or blouse, it keeps the drain tubes from pulling loose. I would like to make some of theses and donate them how do I find where to take them in my City or town? Thank you so much for sharing this idea.

I just finished 24 pillows to donate to the local cancer hospital. Although my husband lost his fight with leukemia last year, I know he would be pleased that I am doing this to help others who have a portacath and are undergoing treatment.

Thank you for the tutorial and all the best for the future. I truly appreciate your sharing the directions. Thank you for letting me know how to help I understand the pillow part but not the Velcro part? I am 83years old and just starting to learn to sew on my sewing machine I will give me pleasure to make these little pillow thank you and may God bless you and keep you well Dorothy. Good for you learning a new skill! The idea is to sew the two side of the velcro into the seam of the pillow so that when you turn it right side out, the velcro straps will be there to use for fastening onto the seatbelt.

I hope looking at the pictures again and laying everything out before sewing will help you figure it out. Just take it one step at a time. I volunteer in the oncology center in one of our large hospitals. So far I have made 30 and they go off the shelf as soon as I can make them. I bring in 10 a week and they are always gone. Patients tell me they are wonderful! So glad you are doing well! I just recently got back to sewing since taking care of my elderly parents, who have passed away within the past year.

I wish that I could have made these for my dad when I was taking him for his chemotherapy for two separate cancers. This will be such a wonderful way for me to help others, and carry on their legacy of always helping others in need. May God Bless you many years of health and happiness! I hate my shoulder seatbelt as it locks in place and digs into my shoulder badly; had a bad fall in the winter on ice and tore 4 muscles in it which requires surgery now.

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