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reversible chemo hat

Reversible Chemo Cap

ties in back

Pattern by Judy Danz.

Also see: More Medical Patterns

This beautiful chemo cap pattern was generously donated by Judy Danz, and printed here with permission. It is reversible, and fast and easy to make. Adjust the tie length to your own taste. Use soft cotton or cotton flannel for comfort. For formal wear, make a non-reversible hat with an outer shell of velvet. Decorate with rhinestones. chemo hat

NOTE: We include Judy's original pattern and instructions, plus our own instructions. Our instructions differ in the way the ties are constucted and sewn onto the hat. Our ties are constructed separately, then inserted into the open ends. Read through both sets of instructions and then choose the method of your choice.

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Supplies Required

Sewing machine and basic sewing tools
Thread to match fabric - for topstitching
2/3 yard fabric (1/3 yard each of two prints)
Fabric Marker
Favorite turning tool (if using Judy's method of construction: not needed for our method)
Note: all seams are 1/4 inch. Always iron between steps.


You will need the original pattern and instructions by Judy Danz. We have them available on our site as a pdf file. If you need instructions on using pdf files, go to PDF Instructions.

Chemo Hat Pattern & Instructions


Follow the instructions on the downloaded pattern, or follow the instructions below.

1. Make Ties

Cut two strips of fabric from tie fabric, each measuring 1.75" x 12" (cut them longer than 12" if you want longer ties). Iron under 1/4" along the long sides and one short end. Fold in half, wrong sides together and press with hot iron. Topstitch around all four sides. hat tie
finished tie

1. Construct Main Part of Hat

Cut one A and one B from fabric #1. Cut one A and one B from fabric #2. Transfer pattern dots to wrong side of fabric.

Lay one B right side up. Lay one A (of same fabric) over B, wrong side up, aligning centers. Pin at center.
lay A over B
center pin shown in red
Working along one side, continue to pin A to B, stopping at #1 dot. pin A to B
first side pinned

Pin the other side, stopping at #2 dot. Stitch between dots. hat is pinned second side pinned

Repeat these instructions for the second set of A and B.

Place one hat inside the other, right sides together. Pin. Stitch from dot #1 to dot #2. pin hats together
layers pinned together

Turn hat right side out. Iron under bottom open edge 1/4". Slide a tie into each end about 1/2v; pin. Topstitch around outer edge of hat, stitching around entire hat. chemo hat

ties sewn into place

Tie in back, behind head. Tie in a bow, or leave ties dangling long.

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