Chemo Bag Covers - How to

Our local warrior, young Mathias Giordano, passed away this past December, on December 7, 2014.  He is missed tremendously.  His smiling face, grace, dignity and giving spirit have been an inspiration to all who came in contact with Mathias and his family.

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.
I posted instructions a year ago, and am happy to share them again:
  • 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.

To read more about Mathias, visit the Team Mathias page on Facebook, or Mathias Giordano on CaringBridge.

1 comment

  1. I'm so sorry to hear about Mathias's passing. He's inspired such a good cause. I'm so glad that you're sharing the chemo cover pattern again, Sylvia.


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