When cancer hits, it's not always easy to know how to comfort someone. Sewing one of these head coverings, caps, or scarves is a small but tangible way to do that. If you or someone you know is undergoing chemotherapy, make a new hat or two for both fashion and function.
While some of these patterns have cancer patients in mind, others are regular hats or turbans that happen to be perfect during chemo. The styles and suggested materials give you options for different times of the year as well as different looks. Make something warm and fleecy for winter, silky and light for summer, or even something with some glam for special occasions.
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Sew a Knit Chemo Headscarf
This simple to sew cap is a cross between a headband and a scarf. The stretchy band helps prevent it from slipping off, but the rest of it ties and looks like a headscarf. You can make it out of soft cotton knit, which is perfect for a child or use a silky fabric for a more sophisticated look.
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DIY a Double-Sided Head Wrap
This head wrap is as easy to make as sewing two rectangles together! It's also double-sided with a bit of the reversed fabric peeking out. Depending on how you tie it, you can make the knot match the outside, contrast with it, or even show a little of the inside fabric around the edge.
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Sew a Soft and Slouchy Beanie
There's something cute and cuddly about a slouchy beanie. You can pull it down onto your forehead or let it hang at the back of your head more. Melly Sews shows you how to make this adorable style in any size from newborn up to adults.
The free tutorial on her blog teaches how to draft your own pattern or you can purchase the printable version for just $4.95.
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Make a Reversible Turban
This reversible turban from Thriftanista in the City is a great way to keep your head covered while looking stylish. Plus it is two hats in one!
The tutorial shows you how to draft your own pattern, then all you need to do is sew a few quick seams. Finally, follow the photo guide for tying your turban!Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Make a Top Knot Head Wrap in All Sizes
Sew this top-knot head wrap without a sewing machine! The look is similar to some of the other turbans featured here, but instead of tying, the wrap and knot stay fixed in place. The stretch velvet looks great, but you can work with any stretchy fabric.
And although a baby models this, the instructions work to make any size head wrap.
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Sew a Simple Cap From a T-Shirt
Start with a t-shirt and in no time you'll have a simple cap to keep your head covered and comfortable. Because this uses the finished hem of a tee, the sewing is minimal on this project. Plus it's a great way to repurpose a t-shirt you don't wear anymore!
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Create a Twisted Headband for a Chemo Cap
Add a little flair to a simple beanie style cap with this twisted headband. The hat in the picture is actually two separate pieces, but the effect is a hat with a detail. Use this tutorial along with the t-shirt cap above, working with fabric from the same t-shirt, or use coordinating knit fabric for a fun contrast!
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Make a Glam Turban
When it's time to dress up an outfit and still keep your head covered, try this gorgeous pleated metallic turban! Make My Lemonade shows you how to sew this with detailed step-by-step photos. The instructions are in French, but Google Translate should help you enough to make one of these.
DIY Turban from Make My LemonadeContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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Sew a Chemo Head Covering
You can make this scarf-style chemo head covering with a bandana! With a few pleats and elastic, no matter what kind of fabric you use, this scarf should hold in place well. The post shows the full tutorial, but you can also download the PDF version for free through Bluprint.
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Make a Simple Fleece Chemo Cap
Grab some fleece and make this easy chemo cap for staying warm in winter months. Christie from Sparkles of Sunshine designed this hat as part of her series of "Pink Ribbon Projects". It's a great resource for making useful gifts for someone battling cancer, and even includes ideas for making a chemo care kit.