Ever since I read a booklet called Garment of Grace about 15 years ago, I have been wearing a brown scapular. I do take it off for showers. I've had a scapular on during my last 6 deliveries. It makes me feel close to our Blessed Mother, knowing she's right there with me. Once you read the booklet, you probably won't take off your scapular either. Here is an excerpt from the booklet:
Garment of Grace recalls several outstanding miracles attributed to the Brown Scapular and quotes the saints and popes recommending the scapular. It explains what a scapular is, how it is to be worn, the benefits received and more. It also gives a brief history of the scapular and St. Simon Stock.
I've purchased many scapulars through the years, because they just don't seem to last very long. I think we replace them at least twice a year. The cord is not strong enough, or it's not attached with enough thread to keep the Scapular from breaking off the cord. We have a box full of broken scapulars and rosaries, and someday I hope to dispose of them properly. You can also do this with them. So, when I found out some women from our parish had been making Brown Scapulars for a few years, I decided to learn how to make them and I purchased enough brown scapular supplies from one of them to make 12 scapulars. I made one for my husband and for myself almost two years ago and so far, they are still intact.
I didn't want to purchase so much braided cord, because of the cost and the amount of cord that comes in the bolt, so I went to the craft store and bought crocheting thread to use as the scapular cord and I'm making a single crochet stitch about 24 inches in length for my husband's scapular and about 20 inches for the kids' scapulars. That seems to be about the right length for them. The ones you purchase seem to be too long, and I usually end up tying a knot on one end. I'm not sure if I'll make one for Angela, since she's only five years old. I get nervous about the scapulars choking the kids in the middle of the night, so I'll probably make her one for her and save it as a gift for her first Holy Communion.
The next step in making the scapulars is to lay the brown wool on a table and cut a strip of 1 3/4 inches wide. You get one yard of 100% brown wool for $14.95. The wool comes pre-cut in strips of 9 1/2 X 24 inches. You're able to fit six scapular pictures across it, which is exactly how many scapulars I'm making. There is just enough room in between each scapular to cut around each picture.
Next, I cut pieces of Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive smaller than the scapular pictures and place them on the brown wool and iron them on, paper side up. You can also find this at the craft store.
After peeling off the paper, I place the cord on the adhesive and put the scapular pictures on the cord and wool and iron all the pieces together.
Finally, I cut around the wool and scapular pictures and hand sew overhand stitches around the scapulars, making sure the cord is firmly in place. That's all there is to it. The hardest part is the overhand stitching. That also took the longest. I'll be so thrilled to see the kids wearing their brown scapulars.
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