Become an Approved Magic Maker

We firmly believe that anyone can make Magic—but in order to ensure that we are gifting little cancer fighters the highest-quality wigs possible, and to help our volunteers be successful right from the start, we ask our crocheters and wig-makers to work with Magic Yarn leaders as they create for us. 

Become an Approved Crocheter

Since every crocheter works with a slightly different technique and tension, we ask you to send in two samples before making more. This gives us the opportunity to provide feedback on your hook size, increase rounds, etc. so that your beanies work best with Magic Yarn’s wig patterns. 

1. Choose one of our approved yarn brands and colors to work with. Sticking with only certain brands and colors of yarn allows us to match up the work of volunteers from all over the country cohesively. We also find certain yarns to be more durable and comfortable for children with hair loss. Solid-color beanies in Caron Simply Soft in Black, White, Sunshine, and Harvest Red are the “Big Four” yarns that make up almost 90% of our wig requests, so please choose one of these yarns to create your initial beanies. In our experience, a standard 6-oz. skein of Caron Simply Soft is enough yarn to make about 3 1/2 beanies. 

2. Use our official Beanie Pattern to crochet two solid-color beanies. The Magic Yarn beanie is worked in the round using half double crochet, giving a strong but stretchy finished product that parents tell us is most comfortable for our wig recipients of all head sizes. In order to support the weight of the “hair” yarn attached without overstretching, it’s important that the beanies are worked with fairly snug tension. Our pattern recommends an H hook as a starting point, but please check your gauge as listed on the pattern and consider going down a hook size if that seems like a better match. After you send in your samples, we’ll also be able to suggest further tweaks so you can be confident that your beanies work up perfectly. View or print our free beanie pattern here

3. Print off and fill out a Feedback Form, and ship your beanies to our Northeast leader, Shelly, or West Coast leader, Katie. Shelly and Katie’s shipping addresses and contact information are listed on our Donations Locations page. Shelly and Katie manage all of our approved Magic Maker processing, as well as running our Northeast and West Coast donation sites, so please allow plenty of time for them to get back to you.

4. Wait for feedback from Shelly or Katie and work directly with her as your crocheting coach. Soon you will be ready to make the best-quality beanies for brave cancer fighters! 

Become an Approved Wig-Maker

Approved Wig-Makers are able to craft Magic Yarn wigs from start to finish from the comfort of their own homes! As of Spring 2021, due to Covid-19 restrictions on workshops, we are ONLY accepting wigs from Approved Wig Makers. Here is how you can participate: 

1. Make sure you are a Magic Circle Member. Membership is a flat $20 for a full 12-month calendar year, and grants you unlimited access to Magic Yarn’s entire library of wig-making instructions, tips, checklists, tutorial videos, and more. It also gives you access to our Member forums where you can ask questions and receive personalized help from Magic Yarn leadership. Your membership dues fund shipping costs that send your finished wigs out to little cancer fighters! You can find out everything you need to know about a Magic Circle membership here.

2. Purchase (or solicit donations from friends) all the supplies needed to make your wigs. In general, we are not sending wig-making kits to volunteers at this time. Refer to the supplies lists and shopping lists in Magic Circle for your desired wig.

3. Use the Magic Circle checklists and tutorials to make your first wig. As a word of advice, be very, very sparing in your use of hot glue! We almost never receive wigs made by volunteers at home without glue problems. If even a small speck of glue leeches through the beanie, it creates a sharp spot on the bare head of a cancer patient, and the wig becomes unwearable. There should be no glue visible anywhere on your finished wig, and no glue felt underneath the beanie when stretched.

4. Print off and fill out a Feedback Form, and ship your wig to our Northeast leader, Shelly, or West Coast leader, Katie. Shelly and Katie’s shipping addresses and contact information are listed on our Donations Locations page. Shelly and Katie manage all of our approved Magic Maker processing, as well as running our Northeast and West Coast donation sites, so please allow plenty of time for them to get back to you.

5. Wait for feedback from Shelly or Katie and work directly with her as your wig-making coach. Soon you will be ready to make the best-quality wigs for brave cancer fighters from the comfort of your home!  

Become a Workshop Leader

Workshops are the heartbeat of Magic Yarn! Becoming a trained Workshop Leader allows you to host small-group workshops in your home or community. 

As of Spring 2021, to best protect our volunteers and wig recipients, we are not currently hosting workshops. If you would like to hear about future opportunities to train as a Workshop Leader, please make sure you’re following The Magic Yarn Project on Facebook for all of our most current updates.

Join the Magic Yarn Team

The Magic Yarn Project has been delivering smiles for more than five years to children all over the world, but we are still operated by 100% unpaid volunteers. Making Magic is a work of love for all of us! 

As of Spring 2021, we are not currently adding any staff. If you would like to hear about future local or organization-wide opportunities to get involved in a leadership function, please make sure you’re following The Magic Yarn Project on Facebook for all of our most current updates.