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Note from Nancy
This story appeared in the April 2003 issue of Sew News, part of a monthly series by Gail Brown called, appropriately, “From the Heart.” Learn about other inspiring people and their projects—and how you, too, can make a difference—in our book and companion video Creative Kindness.

Would you or your group like to sew headcovers to help those coping with hair loss? Refer to these projects and stories featured in Creative Kindness: “Gifts of Love, Dignity and Hope” (page 23), “ComfortCap” (page 27), “Chemotherapy Turban” (page 30), “Rosie’s Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop” (page 82), “Bosom Pals Pillow” (page 84), “Kids’ Kindness Kap” (page 88), and “Creative Kindness Pillow” (page 91).

Headcovers for Hair Loss: The Need Continues

As millions of sufferers will testify, hair loss demands not one, but a wardrobe of head covers. The scarcity and expense of ready-mades rule out that option for many.

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Simply add knit or lightweight fleece extensions to convert any baseball cap into a secure "Four-in-One Kindness Kap" that can be tied four ways: 1). Crossed in the back and tied over the bill, 2). Tied at the nape of the neck. 3) Tied under the chin. 4). Wrapped under the chin and tied at the nape of the neck. Go here for Four-in-One Kindness Kap instructions.

Sewing is an obvious solution for filling this void, and enthusiasts everywhere have answered the call, including Helen Littrell, who was featured in the March 󈧆 “From the Heart.” Since then, in her “spare time,” this busy medical transcriptionist has sent her “Cover Cap” pattern to nearly 800 Sew News readers. (Click here for pattern information.) She has also maintained her own cap-stitching production, continuing to help grateful patients at hospitals and clinics throughout Oregon.

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Helen Littrell’s new “UniCap,” styled for women or men, can be worn with ties out or in, and requires only 1/2 yard of woven, knit or lightweight fleece fabric.

In response to the many additional requests for a unisex style also suitable for men, Helen has taken out some of the Cover Cap’s fullness and simplified the sewing to create her new “UniCap.” She’s discovered that the more contoured variation is popular as a comfort buffer for helmet and hard-hat wearers, too.

This tireless 71-year old is energized by a growing collection of response letters, each expressing special appreciation—and often a heart-warming willingness to emulate her efforts:

“I am recovering from chemo and radiation therapy, and have been looking for an attractive cap for me, and to sew for other cancer patients in our area. Thanks for sharing your designs with the world.”

How you can help: Chances are, you have a friend, relative or coworker who needs a headcover now; before sewing, quiz them about their style, color and fabric preferences. If you are contemplating a production mode, contact and assess the needs of local hospitals, cancer-care clinics or senior centers.
To order the “Unicap” pattern, send $6.50 to Helen Littrell, Dept. SN, 4421 Blackberry Ct., Klamath Falls, OR 97603, See her website at

Free online headcover patterns and tips:

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