Would you ever guess that I made this pin from my bras?!!!
A friend called this my MAM-mento.
The weekend that I got my diagnosis and knew my cancer was back and that I was facing a double mastectomy, I cut almost all of my bras in half. (I kept two to wear up until the surgery.) Because the cancer was in my right breast both times, I cut the lacy fabric from each right cup. I ironed the fabric onto pieces of HeatNBond and then ran those through my Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. Once those were cut out, I ironed them to pieces of black and white tiny floral fabric. I cut around the edges of each flower and began stacking them up, larger to smaller. I used the sheep button in the center to sew all of the layers together with a heavy needle and doubled thread. I then took two pieces of bra strap that had a nice lacy edge, gathered those, and sewed them to the bottom flowers for a ruffled edge on the brooch. On the back of this I added one more large flower to cover up my stitching.
I wore this pin to all of my appointments up to and including my surgery. And I will continue to pin it onto jackets and vests whenever I have a medical visit scheduled.