August 20, 2023

Crafting, Cancer, and Chronic Illness?

I’m a dreamer, not a crafter. I’ve got material for four baby blankets floating around my apartment. But, these newborns may be in middle school before they get their blankies from Aunt Kairol. (Some of it is nifty Amy Butler fabric to boot.)

If you have crafty visions AND the follow through to match, or if your friends and family are itching to do something productive for you while you are down and out with cancer or other chronic illnesses, feast your eyes upon these free pattern downloads for crafty patient projects:

*  Want a leopard print, tangerine silk, pink taffeta, or camo hospital gown? Try this pattern from Lazy Girl Designs.

*  If you are tired of visitors spying your pee-bag, this is an extremely simple pattern for a catheter bag cover.

*  In four steps you can crank out a polar fleece chemo cap .

*  For more great projects check out Sewing Stuff.

Purchasing fabric can really add up. If you are penny pinching, buy discounted pillow cases at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, cut up your favorite shirt that has a small stain on the front, or dig around discount bins at JoAnn and Hancock’s Fabrics.

Are you a crafter? What kinds of projects do you make? Have cancer boredom or the pain of healthcare costs impacted your craftiness?

For more tips on living young with cancer and chronic illness, check out Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s

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  1. Rotorhead Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 6:04 AM

    You’re making it too easy for me:
    Anyone can do it (with a bit of engineering, woodworking, and composite skills). This one cost me about $50 in materials. I love building this stuff for the kids.
    Also did up a couple of “skateboard paddles” - will post pics soon.
    Aloha, RH

  2. Jen Gray Says:
    December 24th, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    My mom made me several “bandannas” out of 3/4 yard of fabric. I wanted the ease of a bandanna with heavier fabric for colder weather so she just sewed the edges on squares of polar fleece. I wear them folded into a triangle and tied just like your fave red bandanna but they cover my ears and are warm. I like them better than hats right now. Easy peasy! Hmm….not sure how to send you a picture but I’ll try!

    Thanks for your blog…I’m a thirty-something blogger with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and I’ve been enjoying reading what you have to write!

  3. Selena Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 4:46 AM

    I am the proud inventor of the sleep scarf, which you can read all about over at my blog Oh My Ache and Pains!: It helps prevent your neck from getting chilled when you sleep.

  4. amanda Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Great links! Thanks for sharing!

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