Today is the last post in the Pink Ribbon Projects series. I can’t believe how fast this month has gone by! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have. Breast Cancer Awareness is personal to me because of my family’s history fighting the disease, and it’s been my hope that these projects bring a smile and comfort to others battling breast cancer. Today’s project is possibly my easiest sewing project ever. This easy sew fleece chemo cap can be made in just a few minutes.
A warm cap can be a real lifesaver to the chemo patient. Not only does it help conceal any hair loss from treatments, but it also provides warmth to the body. Today’s easy sew fleece chemo cap will do both! This chemo cap was so easy and affordable to make. It wouldn’t take long to make a bunch and donate to your local cancer center today. Let’s get started!
Here is what you will need for this project:
- A beanie – you will use this as your pattern
- Fleece fabric
- Sewing machine
- Coordinating thread
Fold the fabric over so there are two layers and lay flat. Lay the beanie on the fabric and trace around it. If your beanie is short, I’d add a few inches of length to the bottom. I’ll explain why later, but I was lucky my hubby’s hat was long enough already. Now cut out the fabric so that you will have two pieces. Afterwards I folded my fabric in half the long way and trimmed the outside edge to make sure the two sides were identical.
Pin into place and use the sewing machine to sew around the edge of the cap. Don’t forget to leave the bottom open!
Fold the cap so that the seam lays down the center. Now sew the cap along the outside edge again, but….
this time when you get close to the top sew straight across, then continue down the other side of the cap until you’re finished.
Use your scissors to cut the top portion of the cap off above the seam. Don’t panic, this is what gives your cap the rounded shape on top. Trust me!
Turn your cap inside out and admire your new fleece chemo cap. Now, the reason we needed our chemo cap a little longer than your average beanie is because we want to roll the bottom edge up a little. This covers up the edge and makes the cap so much cuter.
I bet you didn’t realize just how easy it is to make a fleece chemo cap, did you? I didn’t either until I got started. This is just a basic cap, but feel free to get creative and add flowers, buttons, badges or other trimmings to personalize it. Chemo caps don’t have to be boring!!
If you missed it, be sure to check out my other posts supporting Breast Cancer Awareness:
- Easy Seat Belt Cover Tutorial
- Essential Items to Include in a Chemo Care Kit
- Mastectomy Comfort Pillow
- Bring On the Pink! It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
- 10 Essential Items to Include in a Mastectomy Care Kit
- Mammogram, anyone?
- 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer
Peggy Johnson says
HI! Thank you for this very useful information! I am currently in chemo and find this very useful!!!
Christie Selken says
I’m so glad you found it useful, Peggy. I’m sorry you are going through chemo, but my prayers are with you.
Thanks for the great info Christie. I think i can even do this. LOL Recent diagnosis of breast cancer and will be starting Chemo!!! Going to be ready for this ” hair falling out part”.
Christie Selken says
MaryAnn, I’m so sorry about your diagnosis, but I’m glad you found this tutorial helpful. Saying prayers your chemo treatment will go smoothly! XOXO
I used your pattern to make a chemo cap for a friend, but instead of using fleece, I used material for making swim suits. My friend has a daughter in softball and this was much lighter and not hot when out in the heat watching the games. Thank you for your post.
Just found your tutorial and want to try it. Thank you so much! When my husband was undergoing chemo, he said that his head was very sensitive to seams. If you want to avoid a noticeable seam when sewing fleece, you can do a zig-zag off the edge and when you pull the two sides apart, you have a flat seam. I use a wider and longer length zig-zag stitch for this.
Hi Christie thanks for sharing how to do this cap love the color too. My prayers are with all the cancer patients may the Lord bless them with strength and good health Ameen!
Diane Ligtenberg says
I’m going to try to make this beanie for my daughter, who has ovarian cancer.
Jolynn peart says
Thank you for this easy hat. I’m making for cancer patients in Inverness Florida. The need so many and this really makes it easy to keep up with demand