Doctors and nurses on the front lines are working with dwindling supplies and those with sewing skills can help! This free pattern features scrubs, with the option to lengthen the top to make surgical gowns. We’ve also included a scrub cap in the file. Be sure to reach out to your local hospital to see what they need and to double check if they have any fiber requirements!
Cotton (Natural Fiber):
- Heat Resistant (good for sanitizing)
- Wrinkles Easily
- Fades Quickly
Polyester (Synthetic Fiber):
- Stain Resistant
- Wrinkle Resistant
- Doesn’t stretch out or shrink
- Doesn’t Fade
- Low Cost
- Not Heat Resistant/Easily Ironed
- Not Soft/Comfortable
Because natural and synthetic options each have their pros and cons, it is often recommended that you use a blended material, but it is not required. A blend that includes some stretch with spandex or elastic can be used for added comfort.
Note: If you’re looking to make many scrubs or gowns for donations, Mood’s pre-cut muslin will likely be a great option!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Sew each of your scrub cap tops to the front/sides, like you see below.
With the faces together, sew your two scrub cap layers at the back and then clip the seam allowance. Turn right side out and press along the back.
Sew your binding face to face along the bottom of your scrub cap, leaving an equal amount hanging on either end.
Fold the raw edge of the binding inward 1/2″ twice and stitch into place. Continue sewing down the length of the extending portions to form your cap ties.
Start with your pockets! Fold each in half along the top, faces together. Sew along the three raw edges, leaving 1″-2″ open on one side to pull right side out.
Clip your corners, pull right side out and press.
Pin your pockets into place following the guides on your pattern and top-stitch into place. I recommend adding some extra stitching at the top corners to ensure that the pockets down start coming off with natural wear.
At the top of your back pieces, hem the keyhole opening portion of the center back seam with a small 1/4″ rolled hem. Clip the seam allowance below the sewn part.
Using a French seam, attach your two back pieces along the remainder of the center back seam.
Using French seams again, attach the front and back of your top/gown at the shoulders and side seams. Finish the bottom of your garment with a 1/2″ rolled hem.
If making long sleeves, form your sleeve extension by sewing up the short edge. Create a casing for elastic by folding the bottom edge up and inward 1/2″ twice. Stitch into place, leaving 1″ open to feed your elastic through.
Push your elastic through the casing, tying or stitching off the ends before sewing the last inch of the casing closed.
Add your extension to each sleeve, aligning the extension seam with your side seam. Note: I attached mine prior to inserting my elastic, but these steps are interchangeable.
Along the front neckline, baste between the two indications on your pattern piece. Pull one of the threads to gather to 1″ and tie off the ends.
Attach your binding and ties similarly to how you attached them to your scrub cap to finish!
The pants go together the easiest and the quickest. For extra comfort and durability, a serger or French seams are recommended but not required.
Begin by attaching your two front pieces at the front rise, like you see below. Repeat with your back pieces.
Once your front and back are formed, you can attach them together at the inseam and side seams.
Form your waistband by folding the top edge down and inward 1/2″ followed by another full inch. Stitch into place, leaving a small opening at the back to feed some elastic or draw cord through. Once put through, the opening can be sewn shut.
Finish your pants with a 1/2″ rolled hem along the bottom.
Have an idea for how to make these even better? Drop it in the comments!