Crafting for Patients

Whacky Kathy

Whacky Kathy

Often it’s hard to figure out what to do to help someone battling with cancer or any other serious illness. But if you’re even the least bit crafty there are loads of things to make that will help them feel a least a little better.

  • If you know someone going through cancer treatment or regular medical treatments that involves regular visits to the doctors? Create a Chemo Care pack, it won’t take much time or money and will give them much needed supplies that they didn’t even know were needed.
  • Put together a useful gift box for hospital patients, this article will help with both unusual and fun ideas you might not even think of!
  • Knit or crochet? A quick project would be the Pocket Prayer shawl, it’s not a full fledged shawl, just a handmade item that can be tucked into a pocket or handbag to remind a patient that they are loved.
  • Hats for chemo patients that have lost their hair is always appreciated! Crochet or knit a simple pattern in a soft yarn and you will be protecting a bald or whispy-haired head. Add a yarn flower to make the hat look even more luxurious! Knots of Love has a terrific selection of patterns to choose from in crochet and knit. The website also has patterns for bandage covers and headbands.
  • Lap blankets are another project that can be simple or complicated, depending on your skill level or checkbook. For less than $10 and two hours of time, create a tied, no-sew fleece blanket in a favorite color of the patient. Knitters and crocheters can find a wealth of patterns online, just be sure yarn is washable and soft! And if you love to sew, think about making a rag quilt, they are fun, easy to do and different!
  • Portacath Pillows to help protect ports are something I wish I knew about three years ago, I would have made a dozen for my daughter. These are great to stop the irritation caused by the seatbelt on a chemo port. Read Kathy’s story and her directions for making these simple pillows.
  • Advanced sewers or crafters might consider making a Whacky Kathy doll, aka Dammit doll, people love these and although sewing skills might be a little more complicated, they are fun to make, especially when using all those unusual fabrics.

Also see:
Crochet for Cancer – Facebook Group