Here are four different ways to make chemo caps as a gift for a friend or to donate to charity.
You may be wondering, “What’s so different about a chemo cap that a regular hat won’t be OK too?”
So before we get to the DIY chemo cap approaches, here are some key details about how designing a chemo cap is just that little bit different than some typical hats.
What Is A Chemo Cap?
When someone refers to a “chemo cap,” it is typically a form of comfortable head cover made with the specific needs of people who are going through chemotherapy.
Some of theses needs are:
- The cap/hat needs to use soft materials that won’t irritate the scalp.
- All stitched seams should be hidden or on the outside (i.e., exposed) because it’s part of the design aesthetic.
- The design should be comfy and not put too much pressure on the ears since it will be worn for long periods of time.
- It should be easily machine washable.
As you might expect, someone going through chemotherapy may have a lost a lot of hair. therefore it’s important to pay close attention to the types of materials you use – no materials that are scratchy or rough, for example.
Chemo Caps Are Perfect In Chemo Care Packages
If after making a chemo cap or two you decide you’d like pull together something more significant to gift or donate, these are the perfect item to include in a chemo care bag.
A chemo care bag can be as simple as a little gift bag with some goodies or a full-fledged tote with small iteams and larger handmade projects like a no-sew fleece blanket along with one of these chemo caps.
Without further ado, here are the chemo cap patterns.
4 Ways To Make Chemo Caps For Cancer Patients
Make Chemo Caps Using Yarn & Crochet A Beanie
Calling all fiber artists! Whether you're new to crocheting or an old hat (see how I did that), making these easy beanies is a straightforward beginner project.
This project is also portable so a perfect option for a year-round DIY project since the hats are always needed.
So why not take a look at your soft yarn stash and pick out some that needs a to find a home and support someone going through chemo with a handmade cap?
And, if you're looking for additional chemo cap patterns using yarn, check out this site.
This reversible fleece hat pattern (aka fleece beanie) is guaranteed to be favorite of anyone going through chemotherapy. The soft fleece is easy to wear and feels really nice against exposed skin.
This is also easy to wash and dry. It's about as low maintenance as it gets!
The free reversible fleece beanie pattern allows you to make a hat that affords someone a serious (solid color blocks) or sassy side (fun pattern maybe?).
You can easily use your creativity when you make this fleece beanie as a chemo cap.
You may not be surprised to learn that the shape of a surgical cap (aka scrub cap) is similar to what someone would use as a chemo cap.
So, using this free surgical cap pattern to make a fabric chemo cap that ties in the back is a solid option.
This is another DIY chemo cap that affords a lot of design possibilities.
You can even use some HTV to personalize it or add an inspirational mantra.
Do you have an old, super soft t-shirt lying around that needs to be repurposed?
Try making a chemo cap from an t-shirt. This hat is a little bit bulkier in the back because it is fashioned after a snood.
This design therefore allows for people to tuck the hair they have within the hat if need be.
If they've lost their hair? It adds a little dimension in the back that creates a different look for anyone who is feeling self-conscious.
Add a Chemo Port Pillow for Additional Support
If your fabric scrap pile is calling to you after you finish the chemo cap, a chemo port pillow is the perfect additional support item for a chemotherapy patient.
Not familiar with a port pillow? It’s a small pillow that you attach to a seat belt or bag strap to prevent the material from irritating the port.
All you need are two pieces of fabric measuring 7″ x 4″, some hook and loop tape, and some polyfil.
You can also follow this detailed chemo port pillow tutorial.
Honor World Cancer Day and Donate Chemo Caps
If you don’t already have a specific organization that would like your donations, call around to your local cancer center to see what their needs are. Or, ask them what local nonprofits support them and if they need help.
After all, donating chemo caps is the perfect way to honor World Cancer Day on February 4, 2022.