The cushion provides comfort and support for a patient with an axilla wound, the ‘V’ of the heart fits nicely under the arm.
The actual size or shape isn’t critical, the ‘pattern’ below shows a cushion which is about an inch longer than an A4 sheet of paper and twice the width.
The green rectangle represents an A4 sheet.
The long straight edge of the pattern is placed on the fold of the fabric. Cut two, put right sides together and stitch around the perimeter with a generous seam allowance leaving an opening for stuffing. Turn right side out and stuff but do not over stuff, don’t make it too hard. Hand sew opening closed.
An ‘envelope’ style cover is useful; to make this use the same pattern, you will need three pieces.
1. Cut one piece as for cushion.
2. Cut one piece that is only the top two thirds of the pattern, hem the straight bottom edge with a narrow double hem
3. Cut one piece that is only the bottom two thirds of the pattern, hem the straight top edge with a narrow double hem
Place and overlap pieces 2 +3 on the whole heart shape (piece 1), right sides together, and sew around the perimeter with a slightly smaller seam allowance than you used for the cushion, so the cover is a bit bigger than the cushion. Turn right side out.
If you would like to make a small matching bag it will be useful for carrying a wound drain, simply make a bag about the size of an A4 sheet of paper with shoulder length straps, very easy, very useful.
Feel pleased with yourself. Someone will appreciate what you have spent time making!
If you want an actual pattern, or further explanation see Anne at any MQ meeting.