The Comfort Kerchief was initially designed in 1991 for my mother, Lou Gilbert, during
her chemotherapy. At that time, we discovered that wigs were expensive and hot; hats
didn’t cover enough; tight scarves and turbans sat flat on her head, clearly indicating
an absence of hair. I became determined to design a suitable head-cover that would
provide a measure of comfort and dignity.
The Comfort Kerchief completely conceals the head while the fleece insert provides
volume. Although the initial design was intended solely to fill my mother’s need,
over 2,500 patterns have now been sent throughout The United States and beyond. The
number of Comfort Kerchiefs sewn from those patterns is exponential!
My goal is to put the Comfort Kerchief Pattern in the hands of as many willing sewers
as possible, so patterns are distributed for the cost of printing and postage only,
For many years I collected donations to the American Cancer Society and the Susan Komen Foundation but instead, now an annual donation will be made by this ministry.
Although primarily used for chemotherapy patients, the Comfort Kerchief also benefits
patients of brain surgery, head injuries, Hodgkin’s disease, scleroderma and alopecia.
All Comfort Kerchiefs are sewn and given away...never sold. The volunteer sewers,
whether individuals or groups, are so appreciative of being given a specific, worthwhile
way to help others. Can’t sew? Then cut, mark, iron, package, deliver, or donate
supplies to help the sewers.
Hundreds of heart-warming letters confirm that the Comfort Kerchief is indeed filling
a need. Click here to read a few of the many that have been sent. Do you know a mother,
grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, or child who needs this kind of comfort?
Click here to request a pattern.
If you request this pattern to benefit others, I thank you for using your time and
talent to bring a measure of comfort to someone facing adversity. If the pattern
is for you, I pray for your return to health.