Awaiting Surgery
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These projects are intended mainly as gifts--some practical, some just made with love--for women who are undergoing cancer treatments and/or mastectomy surgery. If you have cancer and are planning to work on a project, please check with your doctors for clearance to do so.

  • Cherrystone Bag

  • A soothing bag that can be heated or cooled.

  • Drain Caddy Belt

  • Make a colorful, personalized belt designed to support the drains placed in following surgery.

  • Grace, the Official Flattops Rag Doll

  • Grace is a very special rag doll--with a heart for a mouth!--who can be made by you for yourself, or donated to women with cancer. She might also be a beloved comrade for children undergoing cancer treatments, as well. Her pattern includes wigs and a chemo cap. Grace is the cartoon in the "Flattops" logo and the official mascot.

  • Grace Redwork (and "A Year of Grace" Quilt)

  • Redwork is a very simple form of embroidery. Included is a pattern for a "by the month" quilt, but the redwork designs can also be embroidered directly on items such as dish towels and aprons. Grace is the official Flattops logo/rag doll.

  • Heirloom Gardening Tool

  • This little wood tool is useful for starting seeds indoors. It's a great gift for friends who like to garden.

  • Make a Mastectomy Bra

  • It's easier than you think, and it's extremely economical. Almost too good to be true . . . it's even comfortable.

  • Platform Bird Feeder

  • This easy-to-make feeder can be placed outside near a window, bringing nature closer to a convalescent during recovery. Or, make it just for fun!

  • Pot of Gold Afghan

  • An afghan to work on bit by bit, as a symbol of going through a journey with something to look forward to at the end.

  • Prosthesis

  • Pattern for a light prosthesis form made from cotton jersey.

  • Purses

  • Here are two easy knitted/felted purse patterns.

  • Raised Pet Feeder

  • This woodworking project will result in a quality piece of furniture for a beloved cat or smaller breed dog. This project may be made as a special gift for someone's furry friend.

  • Share and Care

  • This page is a resource for any "crafter" who would like to share with others. It provides links to charities that collect crafted items, as well as links to crafting instructions of items one could make and give to others facing medical trials.

  • Wool Heart Bookmark

  • This cute little bookmark, which can be made by one person or a group of several people, demonstrates one very important thing: love!

    Think Pink?

    Are you making one of the above items as a heartfelt gift for a friend or family member with cancer? If so, please keep reading . . .

    Ladies who have been touched by cancer may feel overwhelmed by being given pink ribbon and cancer awareness items. There are a few reasons:

  • They may not like being reminded of the cancer. Looking at pink and pink ribbons constantly presents a persistent reminder of cancer.
  • They are already aware of the cancer. Part of wearing pink is helping make others more aware of breast cancer. Someone who already has it is already aware.
  • They may want to be identified by something other than their cancer status.
  • They may just plain not like pink.
  • You could try asking what their favorite colors are before making a craft, or use a theme of something they like. If you make a craft using fabric and your friend likes dogs, for example, why not use a dog print fabric?

    It could be that your friend would like something that's pink or pink ribbon related. But it never hurts to ask.

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