Sewing volunteers to make chemo caps

Sewing chemo caps for local cancer patients is a way for the owner and customers of Quilter’s Corner in Marietta to help people in need, but it’s also just a good time.

“It’s a time when we get together and we tell stories and we laugh and we talk, and we do more laughing than talking,” said Jenice Miller, owner of the 400 Tennis Center Drive business.

Miller is inviting people who want to make the caps to come to the shop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. All they’re asked to bring are their sewing machines and any fabric they’d like to donate; Quilter’s Corner will provide the sewing kits and patterns, along with lunch, snacks and door prizes.

“Sewers and quilters have to be fed,” laughed Parkersburg resident Darlene Martin.

Martin, 69, has participated in the sew-ins since the business was located in downtown Marietta and known as Townsquare Fabrics and Quilt Shop, before Miller bought it. She said the patterns for the caps are very simple, so even novices and newcomers are invited – and encouraged – to come.

“You don’t have to have anything but beginner skills to do this,” Martin said.

The caps, made of T-shirt-like fabric, will go to the Memorial Health System’s Strecker Cancer Center and Camden-Clark Medical Center to be given to women who have lost their hair while undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

“They’re soft, they feel good on their head, they’re warm, and they’re pretty,” Martin said. “We try to make them in very pretty colors because nobody wants to wear dreary, old, ugly colors.”

They want the caps to be both functional and enjoyable, Miller said.

“Sometimes even the fabric we use, frivolous fabric, makes them laugh,” she said.

Miller said her shop can accommodate 15 or so people. Those wanting to participate are asked to call Quilter’s Corner at 373-6150 so she can have an idea of how many will be there.

“It’s a wonderful time for us who do so to get together and to make something that is going to be appreciated,” Martin said.