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Date: 4/26/06 0:28 AM

I am presently undergoing chemotherapy and am fully expecting to lose my hair. I have bought a wig and several knit caps but am looking for headwraps I can make out of cotton material. I live in Texas and summers can be hot, hot and more hot.
I have reviewed McCalls 4116 and figured out why my cotton material doesn't work. Must have knit for these.
Can anyone give me some suggestions for patterns or must I draft my own. I am not talented in that way. Please help. Thanks

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Date: 4/26/06 1:32 AM

I'm sorry to hear about your current struggles. Several years ago I was able to find some patterns for chemo caps online. They appear to be gone, but I did find this link. Perhaps there is something here that can be of help. Make a Hat

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Date: 4/26/06 1:42 AM

After more searching I found this link. Chemo Turban These are the hats I made a few years back for someone. Very easy to make and if made with soft cotton knit, cool and comfy. Just zigzag the seams twice and trim close to stitching to keep the edges soft. I hope some of this helps.

ETA: Serging makes the seams too stiff, I think.
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Date: 4/26/06 3:04 AM

First, I'm sorry you're going through this, Nan, and I hope you have a quick and full recovery.

I've made a number of headcoverings for friends who have lost their hair thanks to chemo, and the best patten I've ever found is McCall's 4116. For some reason, McCall's has discontinued it, but it can be pretty easily found on ebay:

McCall's terrific #4116

Also, here is a Vogue pattern that has a nice selection of turbans, brims, and even a scarf with a brim.

Vogue hats and caps
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Date: 4/26/06 9:42 AM

freebie patterns
Try this link - they have some patterns for the caps

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Date: 4/26/06 11:58 AM

I recently finished chemo and wore only scarves and hats. I found the wig to be very hot in this Texas heat. The best size I found for scarves was about 60 inches long and 8-10 inches wide. Like a big rectangle. Take the long end and put the center in the middle of your forehead and wrap around to the back of your head, criscross and knot at your forehead and tuck the ends if you don't want them sticking out. Then tuck the top/back overlapping so no scalp or what's left of your hair is sticking out...make sense? You will need to wear an absorbent scalp cover to hold the scarf in place and keep wetness off of your head.

I found many different scarves and everyone was impressed with how coodinated I was. I would see patients with simple tied bandanas and liked my scarf much better. I helps make you feel "put together".

You can go to your quilting store and buy cotton fabric and serge the edges or make a narrow hem.
If you have more questions, you can PM me.
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Date: 4/26/06 7:25 PM

I've made quite a few chemo caps for adults and children from the free pattern at Hancock's website. If you insert "caps" into the search panel and check under pattern reviews you will see a list of caps reviewed here. The last ones I made for children in June of 2005 were of different printed stretch fabrics so that does work also.

YOu have lots of information here and I hope it helps.

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Date: 4/27/06 9:26 AM

http://www.sewyoungsewfun.com/stitches/stitchestext.html
This is Viking's website to download a free pattern for making a chemo cap. I have made several of these. The recipiants love them because they are so comfortable. The cap has a liner, and inside seams are pinked, not serged, so that there is no "ridge" to press on sensitive heads. The cap is low in the back so that you can't tell that there is no hair. Clear elastic can be sewn into the back lining to keep it more snug against the back of the head.I always make and give this cap.

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Date: 4/28/06 4:22 PM

Hi All,

I just bought the McCall #4116 today at Joann for $0.99. Apparently, the pattern is not discontinued and is still in their pattern book. FYI

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Date: 4/29/06 3:09 AM

Oh, here's one more--an old Simplicity with several versions that are nice in cotton knit:

Another nice oldie

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