How To Make A Mastectomy Pillow

For women who have to have a mastectomy as part of their breast cancer treatment plan, a mastectomy pillow is small item that will bring them great comfort.

I already shared a tutorial on how to make a chemo port pillow, and this mastectomy pillow is another easy-to-make option to create and donate to local hospitals, clinics, and nonprofits in need.

Across the internet, there are several different shapes and patterns used to create this pillow. After talking to one of the team members at Bay Area Cancer Connection, however, I learned that one pillow shape is better than the others when it comes to overall comfort and use.

So this mastectomy pillow sewing tutorial will walk you through how to make a heart-shaped pillow that has space to easily put under one’s arm..

The pattern I used is available at All Free Sewing because of a 2014 breast cancer pillow drive they were holding. While the pillow drive may be over, the pattern still works beautifully.

Let’s Make A Mastectomy Pillow

Like most simple pillows, making a mastectomy pillow requires minimal materials.

As for the sewing? The most challenging element of this project is sewing the curved top – but that’s only if you aren’t as familiar with sewing angles. I will talk more about that below.

Mastectomy Pillow Materials & Tools

You need the following to make a mastectomy pillow:

  • Two 15″ x 15″ pieces of 100% cotton fabric
  • Polyester fill
  • Pins or clips to secure the fabric
  • Rotary cutter & mat or scissors
  • Sewing machine (stating the obvious, I know)
  • Pillow pattern

Steps To Make A Mastectomy Pillow

1. Cut out the two pieces of the heart from your 15″ x 15″ pieces of cotton fabric. With this pattern, you can just cut on the fabric fold.

2. Open up each piece of fabric then place them right sides together.

3. Clip or pin the two pieces together.

4. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew the two pieces together.

I decided not to do the “beauty shot” here of the edges being sewn together because I think you all know what that looks like.

So instead, I want to share some info on sewing the curves. I typically start in the top right corner just before the curve. If you’re looking at the above picture, it’s right around the purple clip on the right.

Then, use the straight edge of the fabric and the guideline on the sewing machine while you hold the fabric in place. You are basically making the curve (sorta) straight for a very short period of time.

Note: Remember to leave a hole big enough to turn the pillow right side out and stuff with the polyester fill.

5. Clip the edges of the center dip in the heart. (This helps it take a smoother shape once stuffed.)

6. Turn the pillow right sides out.

7. Stuff the pillow to a medium firmness.

Since this pillow is typically used post-procedure, the areas it touches are very tender and sore, therefore a too-firm pillow doesn’t feel comfortable and a too-soft pillow doesn’t provide any support.

8. Finish the pillow by stitching the turning hole closed using a ladder stitch.

Note: This can also be sewn closed using your sewing machine.

Share The Goods

If you know of any hospitals, clinics, or local nonprofits in your area that need mastectomy pillow donations, please leave a comment below or contact me so I can add them to a list I am compiling to post to this site. I welcome additions at any time.

Mother’s Day Giveaway

I featured the mastectomy pillow tutorial in this post because Mother’s Day just weeks away, I want people to feel they can make something to support the women in their lives affected by breast cancer.

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3 thoughts on “How To Make A Mastectomy Pillow

  • May 2, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I am not only an Oncology Certified RN, but I have breast cancer! (Doesn’t seem right—I should be giving treatment, not getting it!!!!!) Anyway…..I wish that I had seen this pattern BEFORE seven weeks of XRT (radiation treatment)!!!! Since I also do machine embroidery, I have a “few” of uh oh t-shirts that I plan to use for making these pillows for patients who are currently going through treatment at my oncologist’s office.
    Thanks for the pattern!

    • May 6, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      So happy to know it’s something you can put to use. Jersey knit will be a great material for this pillow. Sending you and your patients heartfelt support from the Bay Area.

  • May 8, 2019 at 3:49 am

    What a great idea! I want to make a few of these for friends. I would spend the gift card on things for my kids.

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