How to Make a Reversible Chemo Cap
How to make a reversible chemo cap. I was asked to create a reversible chemo cap for a sewing group that I am involved with. Many sewers love making items for charity and one of the ideas that came up in my group was chemo caps. I set about creating my own pattern for this project but came across one that I thought would be suitable because it can be made from a soft woven fabric like mine or a knit. This reversible chemo hat pattern is shared with you with permission from Judy Danz at Sew About Quilting.
It is important to keep in mind that chemotherapy patients often have sensitive skin so the choice of fabrics is crucial. If you don’t have any fabrics on hand for this great project I recommend Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com for the perfect fabric choice. You can click on the links to find the perfect fabric. These are affiliate links and if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This is a beginner sewing project for all levels of sewers.
A reader pointed out to me that her grandmother could not raise her arms long enough to tie the ties on the original version of this cap and asked if I had thought of creating an elasticized version. I took this original pattern and added elastic to it for those sufferers who are not able to tie the ties. An addendum has been added at the end of this tutorial for an optional elasticized version. I hope it works for you.
If you would like a Video tutorial of this project head over to YouTube and watch my complete step-by-step tutorial of this chemo cap project.
What you will Need:
- Free Reversible Chemo Cap Pattern click here
- 1/3 yd of outer fabric
- 1/3 yd of lining fabric
- Standard sewing supplies.
Step 1: Cut your Fabrics
Cut out one each of piece A and B from main fabric and 1 each from lining fabric. Then cut 4 pieces of the fabric for the ties so that they are 1 3/4″ wide by whatever length you want them. I made the 30″ length and that seemed a bit long to me.
Step 2: Create the Ties
With right sides together and using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew the ties down one edge around the bottom and up the other edge leaving one end open for turning. Turn the ties right side out and press.
Step 3: Transfer the ties
Transfer the markings to the wrong side of the fabric pattern pieces.
Step 4: Add the ties
Sew the ties to each side of one of the fabric B piece tabs right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 5: Stitch the outer Cap and lining cap
With right sides together, pin piece A to piece B matching at Dot 1, center, and dot 2. Sew from dot 1 to dot 2 using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure that the ties are on the inside so that you are only sewing the raw edges. Repeat for the lining pieces but without the ties.
Step 6: Stitch the caps together
With right sides together, pin the lining to the exterior. Sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Remember to push the ties to the inside and to leave the bottom open for turning. Turn the cap right sides out.
Step 7: close the opening
Press the cap. Hand stitch the opening closed.
Step 8: top stitch
Top stitch around the cap and the ties if you like. I opted to top stitch around the cap but not the ties. You have now completed your Reversible Chemo Hat. I hope you enjoyed this beginner sewing project and that you will consider making these for chemotherapy patients at your nearby hospital.
Step 9: Add elastic instead of ties
To create the version of the cap with elastic instead of ties you will need to create the two caps as shown in the original pattern but without the ties. Sew the two caps right sides together at the front or brim of the cap but leave the bottom of the cap completely open. Top stitch around the brim.
Step 10: Turn under Raw edges
Turn under the bottom raw edge inside each other and stitch.
Step 11: insert elastic
Turn under the wings and insert one end of the 1″ elastic and sew several times to secure. Repeat for the other side. You have now completed your cap with the elastic option.