One of the many things that Mathias inspired others to do was to sew chemo bag covers. A small cotton cover, made from bright fabric is a simple way to lighten the spirit of someone who may not want to see their chemo product. We have hosted a few sit-n-sew events to make these covers to donate to our local hospitals and clinics.
|Mathias, some chemo bag covers, chemo product and a cover in use.|
- 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 product cannot be seen through the fabric 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, iron smooth, 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.