The Sewing Guide to Cancer (or Other Very Annoying Long Term Illnesses)

Useful Craft Projects for Patients and Caregivers


A unique sewing guide for friends and families of loved ones fighting cancer with 27 ideas for genuinely useful gifts, selected by cancer-fighting patients

This book is not yet published, but will be available from April 2024.

ISBN: 9781940655345 Category:

Heather Grant


For those diagnosed with cancer, you know that you do not “beat” cancer. You wait for it to come back. Conceived by friends Susanne Woods and Heather Grant, who both fought cancer, The Sewing Guide to Cancer was made specifically for their friends and loved ones that would tread on eggshells, wanting to help but not knowing what to do. Now there won’t be any questions. Inside, you’ll find 27 genuinely useful sewing projects-designed by two women who have been there-for friends and family to create and give to those fighting cancer. The projects have been designed by 23 industry leaders.

With their guidance, you’ll be able to design a number of useful gifts such as a weighted blanket, hug pillow, infusion bag, robe, seatbelt cover, port shirt, and more. Written with a great deal of black humor, the book offers ideas and guidance to the support team. No longer will those fighting cancer have to endure a multitude of pasta bakes from concerned loved ones. Susanne Woods lost her fight in 2020.

To honor her and the many others, all profits from the book will go to the American Cancer Society.

Erin Burke Harris, Amy Friend, Kathy Mack, Jacquie Gering, Andrea Tsang Jackson, Heather Grant, Berene Campbell, Samarra Khaja, Heidi Staples, Julie Elliot, Nichole Vogelsinger, Riane Menardi, Cristina Coro, Karen LePage, Olu Falola, Eryn Shields, Kim Martens, Amy Gibson, Angela Walters, Krista Fleckenstein, Nichole Ramirez and Shea Henderson.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 20.4 x 25.4 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 4 April 2024
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Samarra Kahja, Edited by Heather Grant
Dimensions 20.4 x 25.4 cm
Weight 300 g


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Heather Grant is a sewist who is better at creating and planning amazing sewing events than actually sewing. She launched and managed QuiltCon, and now works as the Education Manager at BERNINA of America. She lives in Austin Texas with her husband, son, and too many pets. Heather is a cancer survivor and a has first hand experience of the items that people really need when fighting the fight of their lives. All profits going to American Cancer Society.
Samarra Khaja brings over 20 years of art direction, illustration and graphic design experience to the table. She is also an award-winning author and the creator of a prize-winning 24'x 120' mural, Heartbeat Brooklyn at the corner of 12th Street and 2nd Avenue in Brooklyn.