Mathias Giordano is 12 years old, and he and his family live here in Leesburg. Mathias is battling osteosarcoma. He's bravely been through 25 rounds of chemo and several surgeries - including amputation of his right leg. And still, he has a smile on his face. He and his family are inspirational with the outreach they do to promote childhood cancer awareness.
|Mathias, some chemo bag covers, and one in use.|
Mathias liked to play soccer before he was diagnosed with cancer, and his jersey number was 12. So, Roya picked Wednesday, the 12th to be the first sit-n-sew event. We're holding a morning sew-in this month, and an evening sew-in on March 12th. I'm very excited about this effort!
These chemo bag covers are simple to make:
- Cut the fabrics 11"L x 9"W and pair them (for a front and a back to the bag). Pay attention if the fabric has a directional print - cut it so the design is straight up with a portrait orientation rather than sideways or upside-down.
- Darker, brighter color fabrics are preferred, so the chemo bag cannot be seen through when hung on the IV pole.
- You can print the directions here. (The instructions do not indicate a seam allowance, but based on a sample bag I had, I used 1/4" seams.)
|A pair of 11" x 9" fabric|
|Fold over the short sides of the fabric 1/4 inch and stitch down.|
|Attach a Team Mathias label to the front cover fabric (if done for Team Mathias).|
|Lay the two fabrics right-sides together.|
Leave about a 3" opening in the center of the top of the cover.
Pin to mark the opening.
|Stitch from the pin to the corner and down the side edge.|
Repeat for other side.
Leave the bottom edge open.
|Turn out, and you're done!|
You can also make these chemo bag covers to donate to your local hospital/clinic near you. It's an easy way to make a child's day a little brighter. You can use non-child print fabric for adults as well.
To read more about Mathias, visit the Team Mathias page on Facebook, or Mathias Giordano on CaringBridge.