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Date: 2/27/13 4:30 AM

Hi everyone,

I heard today that a friend of mine is suffering from a relapse of her cancer. She lives far away so I sent her a card, but I'd like to make her a little something. To make a long story short, I made her wedding dress last year, and I think I might have some fabric scraps still.

But I just cannot up with a brilliant idea... A basket lining? I could fill the basket with stuff like magazines, fruit, etc.

Any other ideas?

Thanks in advance!!!!

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Date: 2/27/13 8:27 AM

I am so sorry to hear this. Sometimes patients can feel chilly. Maybe a bed jacket from her wedding dress scraps? You could piece them together, like a quilt. Or a lap quilt from the fabrics. I think using fabrics from her wedding dress would be wonderful.

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Date: 2/27/13 8:33 AM

A nice headscarf from the scraps, mix with lace--if she needs it? There are free chemo cap patterns online.
-- Edited on 2/27/13 8:59 AM --

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Date: 2/27/13 8:53 AM

Marie-Claude, what a sweet jesture, even to send the card--I am sure that lifted her spirits! I live with cancer and can tell you that my neck is always cold! Maybe a pretty scarf from the fabric--love the infinity scarves out now and are versitile. Also, maybe covering a journal with her wedding dress fabric. I find keeping a journal of my daily activities while being on this 'journey' helps keep me on a positive track. Organic honey is a nice item to include in the basket of goodies--really helps with mouth sores if she is going to go through treatment again.

I will keep your friend in my thoughts and prayers. I know what a hardship it is to have a relapse.

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Date: 2/27/13 8:58 AM

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A basket lining? I could fill the basket with stuff like magazines, fruit, etc.

Oh, everyone loves getting gift baskets (my father loves his so much, he doesnn't like to open them: he says just looking at them is exciting. He's got one that's been on display in his kitchen FOR A YEAR).

I totally love using the wedding fabric scraps: for a basket lining or you could make the bow from that.

Brilliant!

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Date: 2/28/13 1:20 AM

Thank you all so much for the wonderful ideas!

KensingtonCrab, thank you for your your insights, I love the idea of a scarf or journal cover, I hadn't thought of it. My thoughts and prayers go to you too on your difficult journey. *hug*

I'll measure how much fabric I have (not much actually) but I might even just go buy some more of the same (a gorgeous off-white silk dupioni). I don't care much about the price, she's worth more than all the pennies in the world

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Date: 2/28/13 5:29 AM

How about an Armchair Caddy?
If she has to rest, it will keep things easily to hand and her sitting area tidy - clutter can be depressing even when it's all essentials.
This sort of thing:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/8930

Clare

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Date: 2/28/13 7:06 AM

I really like the lap quilt suggestion because they are so comforting anyways, and to be made in the wedding fabrics would be a special touch.
As for baskets, it depends on how well you can match your friend's taste. E.g., I don't like food baskets because I'm picky and don't use the stuff if it's not 'my brand'. But if you know there are certain magazines she always reads or she loves trying new gourmet food items, it's a nice idea.
What about some pillow cases for her bed. Either the entire thing, or use the silk/satin/whatever as the trim for the pillowcase. You could even embroider the date of the wedding in them as a set. In case she's in the hospital, she may be even able to take them with her and cover the hospital ones which are starched and stiff.

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Date: 2/28/13 3:39 PM

You could sew her a comfy cozy prayer shawl. At my church we have ladies who pray while knitting or crocheting a "prayer shawl." These prayers are said for the person who will be receiving the shawl so they know they are surrounded with love and prayers to aid them in whatever suffering they are going through.

My initial thoughts of using wedding dress fabric is not to. When I first read that idea I thought if this was me, I think getting something of wedding dress fabric would remind me that I just got married and now I have cancer..... Maybe I'm different and my thinking is weird. Just want to throw that in the mix though for something to think about.

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Date: 2/28/13 5:18 PM

What about a rice bag?

I'd make the bag out of plain cotton (muslin or duck or maybe a calico if it won't show through) and then a cover from the special material. Maybe a couple covers, so she can have a "dress up" one and a feeling grubby one, lol. Or maybe just a softer fabric like flannel.

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