Finally last year I bought these beautiful scapulars (as seen above) from the States, all with different religious images. I carefully chose out each one for each family member...Sacred Heart for dh as we have great family devotion to the Sacred Heart. I chose the Our Lady of Guadalupe image, and if you have come here often enough, you know why! My oldest son chose St Francis as he is his confirmation saint. My oldest daughter chose Our Lady of Lourdes, due to her Marian devotion. My next daughter chose St Therese since she has had a devotion to her since she was 2years old. Then the two younger boys had St Joseph and St Michael, their name saints.
In this image, the scapular in the top half of the picture is after I've removed the original cord and added my own, the scapular in the bottom half is how they looked when I bought them.
Even though this new brand of scapular was stronger and sturdier than any other scapular we had previously owned, we found that we wore through the cord quick enough, so I cut off all the cords and bought a few meters of strong, flat cord and sewed them down the sides and under the scapular ends with very firm, small stitches, I could make the scapular's a little longer as well.
How I originally sewed on the medals
I had wanted to sew on my two most favoured religious medals to each scapular - the Miraculous Medal and the St Benedict Medal.
The St Benedict Medals were taken to Father for a special blessing (not the normal blessing Father would give) there is a special prayer that Father recites to make this a powerful exorcism medal.
I wanted each child to have a miraculous medal as we have a deep devotion to this most blessed medal, with it's companion prayer, "Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." In recent times the children and I made a Miraculous Medal Prayer Petition Mobile. This mobile was to be a visual reminder in the home for us to recite this little prayer often. But it was important that we all wear the miraculous medal, so I had decided to sew on the medals on the outside, like the image you see above.
The trouble is, as firmly as I sewed these medals on, they soon started disappearing off the scapulars...it happened to me and then I checked everyone else's scapulars and it was also happening to them.
What could I do?
Finally I worked out the answer.
Here is it all sewn up, you can hardly see where I have done it since I matched the cotton up better this time. Those medals are going nowhere!