Anti-Ouch Pouch​​

About the Anti-Ouch Pouch

Anti-Ouch Pouch Pattern
Anti-Ouch Pouches (AOPs) were designed by our chapter member Deon Maas. This underarm hanging pillow is intended to add a little comfort to people’s lives during a stressful, painful time. The pillow hangs from the shoulder,
fitting snugly under the arm to cushion and ease the pressure of the underarm and breast area after breast surgery, upper body surgeries or during radiation treatment.

Tens of thousands of anti-ouch pouches have been lovingly sewn and donated to breast centers across the United States. The American Sewing Guild featured the Anti-Ouch Pouch as the 2008 National Community Service Project. Read more at

This will continue to be an ongoing project for our chapter. We take them to the OSF Susan G Komen Center, Methodist Diagnostic Center in Peoria and OSF in Galesburg. The digital mammography is catching so many more cases that our need has increased. We would appreciate help making AOPs.

Click the button at the top of this page for the pattern and instructional video.

If you have questions, contact:
Deon Maas at [email protected]
Sue Barnabee, [email protected]

Please consider donating soft fabric, stuffing or completed AOPs. We donate hundreds every few months in our area at OSF Komen Center and Methodist Diagnostic Center.