A shoulder dislocation (on several occasions) led to a tear, that necessitated surgery last Monday. Not a fun surgery, by any means, but I have to make the best of it! I seriously considered making myself a Trendy Hospital Gown, but figured they wouldn't let me wear it, or it would get totally ruined in surgery, so I scrapped that idea.
I had to pick up my sling and take it to surgery with me, so I had it about a week in advance. Since it will be a regular part of my everyday attire for the next 4-6 weeks, I decided that I might as well monogram it and make it pretty! I'm sure I will get alot of comments on it, and it's pretty much a walking billboard if I want to do any monogramming for anyone - hehe!
Ice packs are also something that I knew I would be using multiple times a day, so I got busy and made some!
Easiest way to do this was to use cloth diapers and stuffing beads!Even if you aren't having surgery, these are a nice and easy thing to make up to have on hand. You can put them in your freezer or warm them up in the microwave to use as a heat pack!
All I did was take a cloth diaper and folded it in half lengthwise and serged the seam, creating a tube. I then turned it right side out and with the seam in the center, I machine straight-stitched down the center length, creating two tubes. I then serged one end of the diaper. I now had two tubes that I filled half-way with stuffing beads, which I purchased at Wal-mart. Once the tubes were half-full. I serged the end and that was it!! The diapers make a perfect ice or heat pack, since they are thick and cushioned, as well as absorbent. I made two, so that one is always in the freezer ready when the other one is in use. I really like these much better than the old rice packs we used to make several years ago. I could have monogrammed these too, but I just didn't want to take the time to do it.
I am doing amazingly well, just 5 days out from surgery - I can now type with two hands, which also means that I will be heading back into the sewing room next week - can't keep me out of there for too long - I just have too many things I want to work on!
By the way - these cold winter days are perfect for a heat pack - so get busy and make some - you can even heat one up and put it in your bed to warm it up!
These ice/heat packs retain their temp for an amazingly long time!!