Patient Pouch T&B Foundation

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Do you ever sew for a cause?  I do and today, I’m working together with T&B Foundation to help make a difference fighting childhood cancer.  Now, I know what you’re thinking…. make a difference, how??  Well, I’m hoping that together, we can help T&B Foundation reach their goal of creating and donating over 100 patient pouches filled with fun activities to the Willis Eye Institute in Philadelphia. Let’s start with some background-

T&B Foundation is named after two special little boys, Tyler Barnett and Brayden Bateman.(pictured below)  Both Tyler and Brayden were diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma (eye cancer) at a very young age.  They have endured chemotherapy and multiple exams under anesthesia to get to where they are today but in all fairness, their journey is far from over.

T&B Foundation Patient Pouch

The T&B Foundation was started to help make the journey a little easier for children fighting cancer like Brayden and Tyler.  Their moms, Lindsey Barnett and Sabra Bateman, are determined to help ease the stressful waiting period during times of treatment by creating the patient pouch.  This drawstring pouch is filled with fun activities to help provide a simple distraction while waiting for the next doctor’s appointment.

Patient Pouch



Patient Pouch T&B Foundation Included in each Patient Pouch are fun little toys and simple craft activities aimed to the child’s age.

Calling all Stichers!!


Here is where you can help!  Their goal is to deliver over 100 “Patient Pouches” to the Willis Eye Institute in Philadelphia this fall.  So, if you have extra material in your stash and a little extra time to donate, please consider stitching up one of this quick drawstring pouches.

Download the Patient Pouch Pattern today and help make a child’s day a little brighter. This pattern was designed especially to help T&B Foundation provide comfort and smiles to young patients in need.  Please consider donating your talent by creating a patient pouch today.

Learn more about T&B Foundation by visiting their Facebook Page or email them at: TandBFoundation (at) gmail (dot) com
I do hope that you will join me by sharing your time and creative talent for a worthy cause.

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  1. Hi! I’d love to try to help. A few questions: (1) I don’t have a serger, so would using a French seam on the inside be okay? (2) Is quilting cotton okay, or should we use something heavier? (3) When are the bags due? Thanks!

    • Hello Jessica,
      French seams are great. The inside does not need to be finished… it would just be a nice touch. Quilting cotton is fine but I would not go any lighter. Sabra and the foundation would be best suited to answer the timing needs but I believe that they are looking to make a delivery in September. Their contact information is included inside the pattern.
      Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent!

  2. Hello Heather, this sounds like a wonderful project. You didn’t mention where we should send them when they are finished.

    • It is such a worthy cause and wonderful way to give back. The full instructions including shipping information are all included in the Patient Pouch pattern download.
      I do hope you consider making a few to help brighten a child’s day!

  3. Hi Heather – just wondering – is the tree and bird pattern sewn on by someone at the foundation because I didn’t see anything on the pattern about it……..

    • Good Question Kim-
      I wanted to use actual photos for photography instead of drawings and these were images I had on hand ready to go. They are just examples of an appliqué on a bag. Bags should be blank.

  4. Rosalee says:

    What a great project and for a good cause! I will make several for them! Thanks

  5. I’m in for this project, looks like fun. You mentioned a medium weight fabric. Could I use home dec, fleece, and corduroy ?

  6. Kathleen Troost says:

    Just put some in the mail. I put an applique on all of them. Thought it would not matter. Is that a problem? I thought that since the sample had one it would be fine. Please let me know for future plans.

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