- Arts and Design
Charity Hat Projects for Cancer Patients
Make a Tough Cancer Experience Lighter with Your Donation of a Hat
Do you know a cancer patient who'd like a hat? There's all sorts of ways in which you can help them. Check out the list below and choose the one to support.
When I lost my hair to chemotherapy my scalp was tender, inflamed and marked with outbreaks so it was important for me to keep it covered. My oncologist's office referred me to the cancer center's care center, where a lovely woman treated me like a precious jewel.
She told me about their resources and asked about my lifestyle before she selected several hat styles, from out of sight. She is the one who taught me to wear a scarf under a brimmed hat. The scarf, a soft one that's comfortable to the touch, anchors the hat, if the fit is right, so the hat stays put even without hair.
Her examples sparked my imagination, and before long I was able to combine my new hats and scarves for the looks I wanted, and the shade I needed, during the summer of my treatment.
Organizations below offer either hats or patterns for making hats. Join a group of crafters and organize them to make or buy a batch of hats from the selections below, for your favorite cancer care center.
The drawing is a detail from my Chemo Journal Drawings, and is copyrighted. No use permitted, but you can buy it on all those typical things at WhipCancer Please click on "It'll Grow Back."
Crochet Bev's Bear Beanie
This whimsical hat will cover a child's bald head and make the tot laugh too.
Bev's Country Cottage has an easy crochet project for children, for donations to a childrens' hospital, a cancer center, a homeless shelter, or a neighbor family.
Size directions are for little kids. If you are a regular crocheter you can easily turn this out in an afternoon or a day.
Pattern Directions at Bear Beanie
Learn How to Crochet in Your Group - crochet is totable - add a few stitches after coffee
This is a good teaching tool because it shows you how to hold the hook and how to hold the yarn. There's nothing like pictures to show the story.
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Knots of Love Donates Your Handmade Hats to Cancer Patients
Knots of Love/ You Can Help Here! Fill out the Knots of Love Donation Form and set another hat on another child's head!
Request a Hat for a Patient
A kid always feels better in a hat!
Hats Off For Cancer supports child cancer patients with hair loss, to ease their experience of this tough disease.
I can't think of a better way to get your favorite Young Cancer Patient outdoors (protection from a sunburned scalp, or warmth in the winter).
Who doesn't love a gift, and especially a surprise gift when we are very vulnerable. Tell your young friend they are special as a daisy. You can request the style of hat and tell the organization more about your individual so they can make the best selection for the person. request a hat
I had cancer-caused hair loss, and I'm not a kid, but I can imagine what these guys feel like without their hair, and how better they feel in hats.
OK, those were my kids in 1976, and the hats make all the difference, wouldn't you say?
Make the Child's Lion Hat
Ryzellon uploaded this fancy headgear photograph and pattern at instructables.com. Ryzellon made the steps basic and simple.
It can be customized - that is it's charming feature, and it's easy to picture the patients at your local cancer hospital, cheered up when they see another patient in the same Cartoony Hat
Haley Anderson, a St. Louis girl, knits hats for a good cause - she tells us all about it
This young girl comes from a family where philanthropy is a part of their heritage. What an inspiration!
Here's a Favorite Way to Learn to Knit
Make these quick dishcloths as you learn to knit in a jiffy.
Then move on to a beanie.
Join non-profits to create & donate hats
- Variety of Patterns for Head Coverings
Learn to make cool hats from these links to headcovering patterns. In return, simply make an extra cap and donate one to charity. Then forward these links to your friends.
- Find Your Local Head Huggers Group who Make Chemo Hats
Knit or Crochet Chemotherapy hats, chemo caps, Donate your hats to cancer patients. A wonderful loving touch that will make you feel good, and the cancer patient will remember your work each time s/he dons the special hat.
- Knit Chemotherapy Hats for Cancer Patients
Chemotherapy hats - How to knit chemo hats for cancer patients undergoing chemotheraphy treatment. Find chemotherapy hat patterns, chemo cap tags, and mail-in instructions for Head Huggers.
- Chuck's hats For Chemo
Please contact Ginny Hibbard Please mention "Chuck's Hats For Chemo" in the subject line.
- Adult Cancer Cap patterns
Check out Bev's BLOG ~ Bev's Journeyings for knitting, crochet, recipes, and news!
- Make a Chinchilla Hat
Variety of knitting patterns. Chinchilla hat for chemotherapym, for advanced crocheters who want to work with "homespun" yarn, these directions make a stunning and stylish cuffed hat
- Request a Kids' Caps for Cancer Hat from Hats off for Caner
Hats Off for Cancer donates children's hats, in fact, they have donated over 850,000 new hats to medical facilities who treat pediatric cancer, to camps and to individuals, since their inception in 1996. Request a Hat or Volunteer and/or Make a Donat
- Breast Friends
Breast Friends, in Florida, Mississippi and Oregon, understands the importance of a healthy attitude as it relates to healing, with a free pink or turquoise hat designed by the Hat Project designer to perk up a bald (cancer patient) woman's day.
Versatile Cancer Cap is Easy to Make
doubles as an earmuff band and a neck warmer
Some cancer patients lose every bit of hair all over their heads, even eyelashes, and others keep a scattering of hair that continues to grow, leaving them looking especially vulnerable.
These caps give the kids a choice to wear as a hat, or to roll and wear as a fat ear-band. Simple to follow steps to make this handy cap for a cancer patient are illustrated with photos from beginning to end. Directions here www.wikihow.com
ChemoCaps.com donates to Cancer Patients
ChemoCaps is comprised of a group of knitters who make hand-knit caps for cancer patients. You can join the group and help those who really need a healing touch, a gift of a hat. It was started in honor of a young woman cancer patient who lived from 1975 - 2000, by her mother. Countless cancer patients have been the recipients of these gifts.
Please organize a ChemoCaps.com chemocaps group in your neighborhood, and enjoy companionship and the knowledge that you are bringing happiness to special people who may feel vulnerable due to their hair loss. Find patterns on the website, donated by FiberTrends.com. Print and share the patterns with a group of knitters. ChemoCaps encourages school groups, scouts and other young people's groups to undertake this project.
The hat shown is from a pattern you can purchase at buy your pattern for $5.95.
Make Fleece Cancer Caps
Kids can help you make these caps as a family project. Pre-teens and teenagers will be proud of their prowess in making the hats because they are so simple, the project build self-confidence, and a notion of charity. Directions here
1. lay fleece fabric out on a large counter or table
2. cut the rectangle of fabric
3. measure, mark, trim
4. sew one seam at the side
5. sew across the top
6. turn right side out and sew hem
Turbans Make Projects
you can even wear them to bed
Turbans look both exotic and glamorous, with vestiges of the '40s, when they are all dressed up. Yet they can be made of humble fabrics and be the perfect bedtime accessory during chemo or just during winter. Turbans made from this pattern and directions can be whipped up in no time.
My suggestion is to plan a turban-crafting party with a group of friends, followed by/preceded by a potluck lunch. Ask each partygoer to bring a piece of fleece, with trim, in her/his color of choice. Be sure to have large needles and colored threads available for adding the trim.
And look through your broken and unused jewelry to see if you have anything suitable to make a statement at the front of the turban. If you have a BeDazzle tool with studs and jewels, this could be a fine opportunity for using it to secure sparkly trim.
This turban is cut from three rectangles of knit fabric. The pleated effect is made by sewing three tucks in the back of the hat. The front can be jeweled up by adding beads or a pin, or even a small silk or fabric flower. Maryen RogersÂ© provided the project directions at pattern
Cotton Stretch Under-caps in 18 Colors
donate one in each color to the cancer center
These undercaps have deep crowns that come down to the eyebrows. Pop on an undercap and wear a brimmed straw or fabric hat over it!
Presto! you've created a stylish and secure head covering that does not draw attention to your condition of chemotherapy or alopecia or other cause of hair loss.
The caps can also be worn alone, or with a scarf folded and tied on at one side. Use a large scarf for a dramatic wrap.
See ChemoWraps for tips on how to wrap a scarf. Follow the same instructions over the cap. ChemoWraps is at ChemoWraps
A No-Sew Fleece Hat - how Nifty!
MommyDani2 demonstrates how to make this cap. She is a crafter, not a seamstress. She doesn't even sew! She uses a product called Liquid Stitch. She washes these hats in the washer and the hems hold up. She feels comfortable knowing that if a bit of hem should open up through use or washing, she can always apply a dab of glue to close it up again, in the future.
Enjoy learning from this crafty mom, while her toddler walks across her project, and she continues without a blink! This makes an adorable, fun style hat.
Shop for Fleece the Easy Way - save a bundle and sew a bunch of turbans
Bold and beautiful hats add a spark of confidence for a cancer patient.
Enjoy Humor With My Hats
See how I wear some of my Summer Hats!Funny Hats
Hat art from a Breast Cancer Survivor
Hot Hats & Caps!
Gift Hats for Cancer Center Patients - ready made hats for those who want to give, but don't craft
Fabric or knit hats and caps feel best on a tender scalp, and stay in place - no fear of the wind blowing it off and exposing the head. Straw hats can still feel comfortable when lined. Some lightweight woven fabric or straw hats can be secured to an undercap, or soft scarf by a long large-headed pin.
Try assembling a dozen or two dozen hats in various styles, and deliver them to a cancer support group, along with a selection of soft scarves and undercaps.
A Parkhurst brimmed cotton sunhat is what I wore during chemo. I loved it and so did everyone who saw it. I wore it for a couple years, until I left it at a friend's house one day on a trip. Time to get another one.