Sew Surgical Caps
You can help patients at Driscoll Children’s Hospital by creating fun surgery caps! Patients will select and wear these caps during surgeries and take them home when they are discharged. When children are allowed to make decisions like these, it helps them to cope and normalizes their hospital stays. Choosing a fun cap gives them a chance to “be the boss” and feel empowered before surgery.
These caps should be made from 100% cotton fabric. The fabric can be pre-washed or not – the caps will be washed by machines here at the hospital and sealed in bags before being used in the OR. If you do decide to pre-wash the fabric, it must be washed in perfume and dye free detergent.
Fabric patterns that are most popular include: Disney, football, baseball, puppies, kitties, horses, super heroes, etc. Keep in mind that there are not only young children, but also pre-teens and teens that will be receiving the caps, so some designs can include professional sports teams, flowers; any designs that pre-teens and teen would like.
To create the cap, cut one circle 18 ¾” in diameter. Make a ½” pocket around the edge, leaving an opening to insert the elastic. Cut a piece of elastic ¼” wide by 18 ½” long. Thread the elastic through the pocket opening and secure the ends together. Stitch the opening closed. This creates a bouffant cap.
Please keep in mind that this will be an ongoing need. Your long term support of this project will be greatly appreciated and will touch the lives of hundreds of patients each month.
Please contact the Volunteer Services Department at Driscoll Children’s Hospital at 361-694-5011 for more information.