The Magic Yarn Project
Chemotherapy treatments often leave patients' bare scalps too sensitive for traditional wigs. To create head coverings that are warm, comfortable, and giggle-inducing, Magic Yarn volunteers crochet soft yarn into beanies, and then transform them into storybook hairstyles.
All of our wigs are free to their recipients worldwide. We rely solely on monetary donations to pay for supplies, shipping costs, and logistics.
Please donate to support the creation and distribution of functional head coverings that provide a magical escape from a child's post-chemo world.
To to learn more about Magic Yarn, volunteer opportunities, and wig-making gatherings, visit our website www.themagicyarnproject.com or visit our Facebook Page .
A few updates:
In less than 3 years and with the help of 10,000+ volunteers, The Magic Yarn Project has created and sent 9,000 wigs to children in 42 countries around the world who are battling cancer or affected by other medical hair loss.
The creation and distribution of 9,000 wigs has been possible solely through donations:
~ $5 is enough to purchase fierce beads for a Jack Sparrow pirate wig
~ $10 will buy enough yarn for one long Rapunzel braid
~ $50 is enough to cover all costs associated with making and shipping one wig anywhere in the world
The Magic Yarn Project has expanded and create 7 official chapters in the US and 1 in Mexico! Visit this link to find your nearest chapter: https://themagicyarnproject.com/map/
ANYONE can get involved in creating MAGIC for a child who is battling cancer. Learn how here: https://themagicyarnproject.com/get-involved/
While only composed of yarn, ribbon, and rhinestones, these wigs have the power to help children find their smile again during their darkest days. When Zoey received her Moana wig, her mother wrote us:
"Take a look for yourself and see how much this really meant to her and our family. It not only put a smile on her face but it made a difference--she feels even more like a princess and it made her feel confident and of course just like Moana!
Again thank you so very much. What you guys do is beyond expectations and is an amazing gesture for children that are going through such a rough path. This piece just brightens someone’s day!
Maria, Zoey’s Mom"
Thank you to the many people who's contributions have helped thousands of children around the world find their smiles again.
This Thanksgiving, we would like to say "Thank you!"
~ to the thousands who have donated money to The Magic Yarn Project
~ to GoFundMe, for highlighting our campaign multiple times (including the amazing video at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff5onYDg1_4. Please share!).
Because of GoFundMe featuring us and of the 1,500+ generous individuals donating to our campaign, we have been able to make nearly 5,000 wigs for children battling cancer in 32 countries in the 2 short years since we first began. <3
We are currently backordered nearly 800 wig requests from individual children and cancer centers across the globe! Please help us continue on our mission to bring smiles and fun to every little cancer fighter who could use our brand of magic.
We thank you.
Since The Magic Yarn Project first went viral in November 2015, other groups have been inspired by our project and have created their own non-profit organizations making yarn wigs for children with cancer. We are thrilled that we are accomplishing our mission to inspire volunteerism to make a difference and we wish all those organizations the very best. However, we also encourage those considering their own yarn wig start-ups to join us! Why?!
~ Starting a non-profit requires A LOT of work and funds. Why reinvent the wheel when you can join an operating non-profit already doing the same thing?!
~ We are the original and largest non-profit organization in the world creating yarn wigs for children with medical hair loss.
~ Our wig styles are original and have been specifically and carefully designed to be soft and comfortable on the tender little scalps of chemotherapy patients.
~ Cancer centers do not always easily accept hand-made, donated items; however, because The Magic Yarn Project is well-known and respected in the cancer community for our high-quality wigs, our wigs are usually readily accepted by cancer centers and organizations.
~ To date we have worked with over 70 cancer centers and organizations worldwide, all of them excited about the wigs and happy to receive them regularly.
~ Expert Magic Makers in Alaska review every wig we receive and offer individual feedback so that every Magic Maker can know that they are creating a high quality, comfortable, well-fitting wig for the princess, pirate, or superhero who receives it.
~ We provide instruction and guidance to volunteers anywhere in the world who wish to host a wig-making workshop and deliver finished wigs to their local cancer center.
To learn more about how you can join our worldwide family of Magic Makers, please visit the link below: http://themagicyarnproject.com/get-involved/
Since The Magic Yarn Project first went viral in November 2015, other groups have been inspired by our project and have created their own non-profit organizations making yarn wigs for children with cancer. We are thrilled that we are accomplishing our mission to inspire volunteerism to make a difference and we wish all those organizations the very best. However, we also encourage those considering their own yarn wig start-ups to join us!
Amanda and Noreen: I'm one of the founders of The Magic Yarn Project. :) Please follow our Facebook page for updates as we are hoping to get a website set up with video tutorials and written instructions so people across the globe can make these beautiful wigs in their own communities. :)
I would love to help, could crochet beanies, was wondering what we could do for the boys? Beanies with superheroes on them instead of "hair"? Also, we could provide just beanies at times too with decorations the kids could pick from and apply to their own beanie....like crocheted flowers?
Hello. Is it possible to donate yarn? My mother crocheted and passed away almost two years ago. We have many skeins of yarn that could be donated. I know our Mom would be so proud knowing her yarn was donated for this cause. I would cover the shippping. Please message me via FB if you have interest. Thank you.
I would love to help make these for these precious children. I'm a disabled retired school teacher and need something to do that would help children. It's my calling. Is there a place I can go to sign up to volunteer? What kind of yarn do you use and are the patterns and instructions available? This is such a wonderful project. I have a student that still has cancer and she had several versions of this kind of wig. She would have the biggest smiles when she wore them and she would toss back her braids like she was a princess in charge (and she was). She has the brightest light and her battle has been a long long fight against Ewing’s Sarcoma. She's just not able to beat it because it keeps cropping up in new places. The whole school community has been so supportive of her and it really is going to be devestating to all of us if she doesn't win this battle. She's such a precious, fiery, little girl. So, in honor of Bit I would love to help if I'm skilled enough to do these. I can crochet but I'm not expert.
I would love to learn how to make these cute wigs for cancer patients. My best friend's granddaughter passed away at the age of 3 from cancer. She would have loved something like this. Could you please send me instructions on how to get started. Thank you!
I live In Los Angeles and we have a huge Children's hospital here and I would love to make and donate some of these wigs and can foot the cost for the ones I make if I can get the patterns! Great job and so wonderful a thing to be doing for these young courageous children!