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Make a pretty post-mastectomy pillow

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Heidi's post-mastectomy heart pillow to sew - Free sewing patterns - Craft -

Heidi Kilgariff opted for a double mastectomy after discovering that she had the faulty BRCA1 gene. She has been inspired to create these post-mastectomy heart pillows for other women. As she explains:

'Immediately after my mastectomy, I felt very sore, and my aunt kindly made me a heart-shaped cushion to pop under my arm for support. It really helped and, determined to do the same for other women, I started up a Facebook page (Heidi’s Heart Pillow Project). It now has 450 followers, with women all over the country making the cushions and sending them to me to deliver to hospitals to help women after surgery. The doctors and nurses are so used to seeing me with my bundles of cushions at my own local hospital that sometimes they forget I’m there for an appointment!’

You will need

● Two 40cm squares of soft, washable fabric
● Matching thread
● Polyester toy filling

To make

Enlarge the template to 36cm high and use to cut out two heart shapes on the fold of fabric. With right sides together, pin and stitch around outer edge, taking 1cm seam allowance and leaving a 10cm gap for turning through.

Work a second row of stitching around points for reinforcement. Trim seam allowances and snip to point of stitching at top of heart.

Turn right side out and press. Fill with stuffing. Stitch opening closed.

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