Pocket Prayer Quilts

Pocket Prayer QuiltsPocket Prayer Quilts provide comfort to our patients and their families. The ones you see here are quilted and sewn, but you can make them any number of ways. Finished pocket prayer quilts should be between 2 1/2” x 2 1/2" square to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square.


  • Fabric (New or freshly laundered. Please avoid musty smells; bodily fluids—i.e. blood, saliva, etc; & animal hair.)
  • Yarn, or narrow ribbon
  • Wooden Hearts & Quilt Cards (For these, please contact the hospital for which your Pocket Prayer Quilts will be delivered. Please make sure to use the proper tag and that it is securely attached to the square.)


Pocket Prayer Quilts can be made in quilt patterns or, if you prefer, you can simply stitch two pieces of fabric together.

Cut out two squares of the same size (please, no other shape) and sew them, front sides, together leaving one side of the square open. This creates the “pocket.” Trim the seams.

Turn the square right side out and press.

Place a wooden heart inside the square.

Tie a small piece of ribbon or yarn on to the quilt card.

Hand stitch or machine stitch the square closed, stitching into the seam the ribbon or yarn as you go.

Please remember:

  • Fabric must be new or freshly laundered, no musty smells please.
  • Use squares only, no other shapes.
  • No bodily fluids should be on them: i.e., blood, saliva, etc.
  • No animal hair. Please use a lint roller if you have pets in the home
  • Make sure you have the proper tag and it is secure

You can deliver or mail the Pocket Prayer Quilts to your local hospital. For Lexington, mail or deliver to:

Volunteer Services at Saint Joseph Hospital
1 Saint Joseph Drive
Lexington KY, 40504

Please be sure to click on this Donation Form link to provide information about your donation. Please print out the form and fill it out. This form must be included with your donated items.