The Boston Chapter of ASG shares their passion for sewing by making chemo caps for cancer patients. A true gift of love, these hats provide comfort to patients who have lost their hair after undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Cancer knows no borders, so they are encouraging chapters and other sewing enthusiasts to make cancer caps to donate to organizations or hospitals in their local community. Here they share the pattern they use to help each of you spread your love as well.
- To make 8 caps, you will need 1- 1/4 yards of knit fabric
- The knit fabric you choose will need to stretch width-wise on the hats; however, a 4 -way stretch is not required
- If the fabric has a wide selvage edge of a different design or color, it should be cut off
Cut Pattern Pieces
Fold your fabric in half lengthwise so that it is 1-1/4 yards long. For each cap, you will need to cut the following 3 pieces.
- Crown: One piece of fabric cut to 6″ x 22″
- Band: One piece of fabric cut to 5″ x 22″
- Top: One piece of fabric cut in a 7″ circle
You should be able to cut 8 sets from 1-1/4 yards of fabric.
- All seams are 1/2″ – it helps to place a piece of tape on the sewing machine bed to mark 1/2″
- Straight stitching should be used throughout until the final step of joining the band to the crown when a zig-zag stitch should be used
- Since you are using knit fabric, no pressing is needed
- When you pin one piece to another at the center seams, put the pin to the left of the seam so it holds the seam open
The best way to assemble these hats is to use the factory production method:
- With right sides together, fold the crown in half and stitch the center back seam.
- With right sides together, fold the band in half and stitch the center back seam.
- With wrong sides together, fold the band in half lengthwise.
- With right sides together, pin the top (circle) to the upper edge of the crown and stitch. When you sew the crown to the top, have the top (circle) on the bottom and gently hold the midway points between the pins with your finger.
- Turn the cap right side out.
- With right sides together and matching seams, sew the band to the crown using a zig-zag stitch with a 2 width and 2 length and keeping a little bit of tension to help with the stretch.
~The Boston Chapter of ASG is sharing this pattern that they use and encourages chapters and other sewing enthusiasts to make cancer caps to share in their local communities.