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headwear for hairloss

suesew | Posted in General Discussion on

A friend asked me today if I had a pattern for a head covering for her to sew for her mother who is losing her hair because of chemotherapy. I know that Nancy Zeiman did at least one show about this and I’m sure that I’ve seen other articles or patterns available but I’m not finding them. Do any of you have any suggestions or can you point me in the right direction?


  1. GinnaS | | #1

    Go back to Nancy's Notions and click on Creative Kindness and then on Projects.  There are Chemotherapy Turbans, Gail Brown's Creative Kindness Beret, Gail Brown's Creative Kindness Headband, and Gail Brown's Headcovers for Hair Loss which has several other links at the bottom.

    Also there is a website http://www.cjhats.com for a lady who suffers from inflammatory breast cancer (the most aggressive type) who sells head coverings for about $3 and up which is very reasonable.  She also sells pouches for holding the drains that you must wear when you have a mastectomy.  I had seen these on the web for $50+ when I needed one so I made my own.  Mary understands the problems since she is going through them also.

    If you decide to make them use a non slippery but soft fabric.

    Ginna (who also has inflammatory breast cancer)

    1. suesew | | #2

      Thank you for your quick reply. Threre are some great ideas there. I also found a pattern in an old Sew News. May you sew in increasingly good health.

  2. ElonaM | | #3

    I've made a number of chemo hats for friends, and find that some standard patterns, done up in soft fabrics, work beautifully. On the fine site mentioned on this thread, you'll notice that one of the characteristics of the hats and caps is that they mostly shade the forehead a little, and they tend to cover the lower neck, as well. That little bit of shadow around the face is kinder than a skinned-down look.

    Here is a McCall's pattern that incorporates many of the designs I have found using separate patterns from different companies:


    And if you knit, this site has some very ingenious headcoverings:


    Edited 11/4/2004 10:19 pm ET by Elona

  3. ElonaM | | #4

    On ebay, there's an old designer hat pattern that I have used to make chemo caps. This pattern turns out terrific-looking headwear in microfleece!


    1. sarahkayla | | #5

      I have made a bunch of chemo hats for a friend.... I found the standard chemo hats pretty depressing looking.

      One of the more sucessful ones I made was a tall fabric tube that could flop down to one side...you have to think sculptural..

      I also made one that looked like what dorothy lamour might have worn had she had to go through chemo,,,it was leopard skin with a gold plume in front.. it actually helped the doctors take my friend more seriously..it was a very aggressive hat...

      my pal would go into sloan kettering ( the cancer hospital)in my hats and the guards would all tell her how great she looked...it's not the time to go polite. hats need to be lined in cotton to be soft and comfy..they need a shape..and they need to be fun.

      unfortunately...my friend lost her fight..and died the day she planned to die..in her sleep .

      sarah in nyc

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