How To Make A Chemo Port Pillow

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Making a chemo port pillow is the perfect project for a fabric scraps bin that needs some attention.

I mean, that last thing you need is for the bin to take on a life of its own. That could wreak havoc on any crafting space.

And what better way is there to use those scraps on World Cancer Day than to bring comfort to someone going through chemo? I can’t think of a single one.

For the advanced sewers out there, you’ll take one look at the chemo port pillow and stop reading the tutorial because it’s a 7″ x 4″  rectangle with sew-on hook-and-loop tape and polyester fill.

You can whip a bunch of these out in no time.

When you’re done, please consider contacting one of the small, local hospitals in your area to find out where you can deliver them.

For those of you who are new to sewing or just new to this concept, I have created a straightforward tutorial on how to create a chemo port pillow (no pattern needed!) so that you can create to donate along with me.

Let’s Sew A Chemo Port Pillow

Chemo port pillow materials

The materials and tools you need to make a chemo port pillow are simple:

Cotton fabric. You can use any type of 100% cotton fabric – quilting cotton or flannel typically works well.

Sew-on Polyester fiber fill. If you’re only making a single pillow, you’ll need just a little more than a good handful.

Rotary cutter or scissors. You’ll use this to cut the fabric and the hook and look tape.

Sewing machine (which should go without saying). If you like to hand sew, this could be done with a needle an thread but would take a long time.

Steps For Making A Port-A-Cath Pillow

Step 1: Cut materials to size.

Cut the chemo port pillow fabric into 7" x4" rectangles.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric into rectangles that measure 7″ x 4″ and a piece of hook and loop tape that measures 3.5″.

Step 2: Secure the hook and loop tape.

Baste hook-and-loop to right side of porta-a-cath fabric.

To make your life easy and ensure that your hook-and-loop tape placement is exactly where you want it, baste the hook-and-loop tape onto the right side of one piece of fabric.

To do this, place the soft part (aka the loops) of the hook-and-loop tape on a long edge of the rectangle at about the half-way mark.

Since this step is just to secure the hook-and-loop in place, I used a 1/8″ seam.

After sewing the soft side/loop side onto the fabric, place the rough side/hook side face down along the edge of opposite side of the fabric and baste it with a 1/8″ seam too.

At this point, I fastened the pieces of hook-and-loop to each other so they wouldn’t move around when I was completing the edges of the pillow.

Step 3: Sew the fabric pieces together.

Pin the right sides of the fabric together

Now it’s time to sew the two pieces of fabric together.

This means, as you might expect, placing the right sides of the fabric together and sewing around the edges.

I pinned the fabric together for the tutorial pictures so that it was easy to see but for something this small, I don’t always pin it.

Remember to leave an opening (a.k.a. hole) measuring about 2″ on one of the short edges of the fabric.

Not only do you need this to turn the pillow right side out, but you’ll also use this to stuff the pillow with the polyester fiberfill (below).

Time to stuff the chemo port pillow


Step 4: Stuff the chemo port pillow.

Stuff the port-a-cath pillow with polyester fiberfill.

Take the polyester fiberfill and start stuffing the pillow to give it shape. Be careful not to over stuff because you still need to sew the open edge shut.

Once you stuffed the pillow, use either a whip stitch or top stitch to close the hole.

I opted to top stitch the port pillow since the sewing machine was already warmed up.

Admire Your Port Pillow Handiwork

Completed chemo port pillow.

When you’ve finished the project, take a step back and admire your handiwork.

While I was doing so, I photographed mine upside down. It will still work as designed, however.

Another something to note: While the purpose of Create To Donate site is to offer tutorials for items you can make to donate, the chemo port pillow is also called a seat belt pillow and can be used by anyone who finds their seat belt uncomfortable.

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3 thoughts on “How To Make A Chemo Port Pillow

  • February 6, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    What a great idea! I would have never thought to make a chemo port pillow. So often it is the little things like these that can make a huge difference during a terrible situation.

    • February 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you for the comment. I couldn’t agree more about how the little things can make a big difference and since these are so easy to make it’s a quick project that holds a big impact.

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