Operation Pocket Field Pillow (PFP)

Providing comfort for our wounded

Posted on: December 29, 2010

Our friends with Soldiers’ Angels at Landstuhl always have a list of items our wounded troops need at the hospital in Germany; among a great many other things, they need travel pillows. We have the fabric , we have electric scissors — all we need are a few extra hands to help cut fabric and get it ready to be sewn into pillows.

In the photo below, I’m cutting 2 pieces of fleece from 20″ long to 14″ long. I’ve taped a metal ruler to the work surface to use as a guide, and am using a straight line along the long side of the fabric to neatly line up a rectangle. (Allow the scissors to charge overnight, and remove the charger when you use them.)

Hold the fabric steady with one hand, line up the edge of the power scissors with the edge of your guide, and slowly cut the fabric. And please watch your fingers!

That’s all there is to it — quick and easy. When you’re finished, neatly pile the fabric together, and place the pieces in the plastic bag they came in. Tie the top in a bow and you’re done.

We’ll get them back, sew them up, stuff, sew shut, bag, box and ship them. The pillows below have been finished and are headed to Germany.

If you’re handy with a serger and would like to help sew these pieces together, we’d love to have the help. And if you aren’t up to cutting or sewing, we could always use a few more dollars to help buy stuffing or ship these boxes overseas. It doesn’t have to be a whole heck of a lot — every little bit helps. If you’d like to send us a small donation, please see this link for our address.

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Operation PFP is made possible in part by my small business, Just For Baby Gifts, donations of ACU by the Carlisle Finishing Plant, fleece donated by Polartec, supplies donated by Brother International, and by the untold hours of work by hundreds of proud and grateful American volunteers.

...til they all come home
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