Stitch a Ribbon for Cancer

Friday, September 30, 2011

While we’re not doing a Stitch Pink quilt this year, we are providing patterns to help raise awareness – not just for breast cancer, but other types of cancer as well.

Last week’s pattern featured a pretty bird in pink for breast cancer, and this week we are providing a pattern for an assortment of ribbons. The pattern is available here as a pdf document.

The ribbon colors correspond with the following types of cancer:

  • Pink – Breast Cancer
  • Teal – Ovarian Cancer
  • Pearl  – Lung Cancer
  • White – Bone Cancer
  • Brown – Colorectal Cancer
  • Purple – Pancreatic & Leiomyosarcoma
  • Orange – Leukemia
  • Emerald Green – Liver Cancer
  • Periwinkle – Esophageal and Stomach Cancer
  • Amber – Appendix Cancer
  • Black – Melanoma
  • Dark Blue – Colon Cancer
  • Burgundy – Multiple Myeloma
  • Grey – Brain Cancer
  • Blue – Prostate Cancer
  • Yellow- Sarcoma/Bone/Bladder Cancer
  • Gold – Childhood Cancer
  • Lime – Lymphoma
  • Peach – Uterine Cancer
  • Kelly Green – Kidney Cancer
  • Lavender – All Cancers
  • Orchid (Violet) – Testicular Cancer

The pattern includes color numbers for working each ribbon in DMC Embroidery Threads, and measures approximately 1.5 x 3 inches when worked on 14-count CharlesCraft Aida fabric.



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16 Responses to “Stitch a Ribbon for CancerComment RSS feed

  • Anne Fraser
    September 30th, 2011 9:53 am

    Thank you for the new pattern. Very sorry to hear that you will not be doing a quilt this year. :)

  • Gran-E
    September 30th, 2011 12:44 pm

    Thenk you for the patterns, but most of all the other colored ribbons and their meanings! how sad that there are so many needed. I will use at least 4 for my family! Thank you again!

  • Irene M.
    October 3rd, 2011 6:08 pm

    Silly question: I started the beautiful bird pattern but are you saying you don’t want it for anything?

  • kafran
    October 4th, 2011 11:15 am

    Merci beaucoup…c’est tres apprécié…bravo

  • Amy
    October 5th, 2011 10:42 am

    Purple ribbon is also for juvemile arthritis!

  • Marianne
    June 12th, 2012 1:50 am

    I’ve been trying to open up your PDF file for the cancer ribbons with no luck. I’d opened up a few other PDF files and had no problem. Can you help me get this chart to open?

    • admin
      June 26th, 2012 7:49 am
      Author's Reply

      We’re working on updating all the links. Many of them were broken when the new web site was launched.

  • Amber White
    September 7th, 2012 12:17 pm

    I noticed that even though you listed 22 different types of Cancer and their corresponding Ribbon color, you only made color charts for 20 of them. You forgot the Amber and Orchid Ribbons.

    • admin
      September 7th, 2012 7:11 pm
      Author's Reply

      With new ribbons being added all the time, it’s hard to keep up on every new ribbon and its meaning, and space is limited. Rest assured – you can easily substitute the colors given for ANY ribbon. There are only a minimal amount of colors needed for any given ribbon, making them easy to change or customize.

  • Jenny
    September 8th, 2012 4:14 am

    Seriously? What happened to using common sense? Change the colors to suit your needs people. It’s not rocket science. There are literally hundreds of ribbons and colors for different causes.

  • Nona D. Peflrey
    April 8th, 2013 10:04 am

    A couple of days ago my best friend told me she would like for me to make her a bookmark with the breast cancer ribbon and her sisters name (she did from breast cancer last year). I’m so happy that I found the pattern for the ribbon on your site just when I needed it.

    Thanks so much

  • Kelly
    June 27th, 2013 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the entire list of colors that represent cancers and the majority of corresponding patterns. I am working with some parents concerning Childhood Cancer Awareness, and this is one of the pages that came up in search engine results for Childhood Cancer keywords. As an avid cross-stitcher, I am looking forward to making a bunch of these! I also did not know that the cancer my late-mother passed of, Multiple Myeloma, had its own color (I often wondered why I was given a burgundy ribbon at the hospital when she was sick, never made the connection). This also explains the lavender ribbon that remains in my collection. I think I am going to try to rework the colors of your previous week’s bird to shades of gold for one of the cancer parents I am working with. Thanks again!

  • Liz
    July 4th, 2013 8:34 am

    Hi love the ribbons and the colour chart, I am recovering from ovarian cancer and doing well, will be stitching some of these for people I know also suffering from cancer and also recovering. Many thanks

  • candy
    August 23rd, 2013 9:05 pm

    Why don ‘t you have a ribbon Color for thyriod cancer which is pink/teal/blue

    • admin
      August 27th, 2013 8:34 am
      Author's Reply

      Any color ribbon can be made by changing the colors. This pattern was posted a couple years ago and that particular color may not have been known at the time.

  • Bridget Neumann
    July 16th, 2014 8:45 pm

    Thank you!

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