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DIY Surgical Scrub Cap Free Sewing Pattern

Coronavirus is causing a lot of troubles for health workers all around the world. Not only do they have to work much more than usual, but they also have to deal with a serious lack of protective equipment. So when our local hospital recently put out a call for surgical caps / scrub hats I knew I had to help. But there is only so much one can sew, so I decided to make this DIY Surgical Cap Sewing Tutorial so that you can join in, too and make an impact! Help fight COVID-19 and show support to all the brave doctors and nurses on the front lines of the pandemic!

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial, printable scrub cap pattern and a VIDEO tutorial for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Surgical Scrub Hat

Supplies and tools

  • main fabric – 1/4 yard of 100 % cotton fabric (thickly woven, pre-washed) e.g. this cherry blossom
  • secondary fabric – 11″ x 8″ 100% thickly woven cotton peach
  • matching thread
  • pins or clips
  • and a mat(or just scissors)
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing machine (entry level machine will do just fine, or you can even hand sew this, although admittedly it will take you more time)
  • (OPTIONAL) two buttons (to ease stress on the ears)

Notes: You will need the main fabric as well as lining fabric for this scrub cap. Both should be one hundred percent cotton. A third of a yard should be enough material.

Since you will be using a PDF downloadable pattern for this project, you will need some printing paper and a printer with ink 😉

Some sticky transparent tape (or glue) will be also required because you will need to put the pieces of pattern together before using them.

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Printable surgical cap pattern (free PDF download)

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How To Sew Surgical Scrub Cap

Watch the scrub hat video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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SURGICAL CAP VIDEO TUTORIAL

SURGICAL HAT INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare your fabrics – take both of your fabrics, pre-wash them thoroughly and dry. You can iron them to smooth out the wrinkles.

STEP 1: Prepare the pattern

Download the pattern and print it out. Cut the pieces out. Then put the pieces together with some sticky tape.

Make sure the pattern is printed at 100% (no scale) on US letter paper. Measure the test lines to ensure the sizing is correct before you cut your fabric!

STEP 2: Cut the fabrics

Fold the main fabric in half and align the side pattern piece on top of it. The marked end of the pattern should be placed on the fold of the fabric.

Place the top of cap on the second fabric and cut it out.

STEP 3: Double fold the cap top

Fold the flat side of the cap piece twice and (finger) press. To do that first fold over 1/4″ inch inwards, then fold another 3/8″ and pin.

(optional) If you want to sew in an elastic for a closer, snug fit, feed the elastic though this casing with a small safety pin, then baste at either end

STEP 4: Pin both parts together

Pin cap top to the cap side. To do that first find the middle of each of the pieces by folding them lengthwise and then create a crease by finger pressing the middle. Place the cap top on top of the cap side with right (pretty) sides together and align the creases you’ve just created. Pin in place. Then continue pinning each 1 inch to the right. Return to the middle and pin the left part as well.

STEP 5: Sew both cap parts together

Using a straight stitch first sew straight edge of the cap top, then sew both pieces together all the way around the curved part. Use 1/4″ seam allowance

TIP: Backstitch at the beginning and the end of each seam to reinforce it and to prevent it from coming undone.

STEP 6: (Optional) Serge/Zig zag the raw curved edge

this step is completely optional but serging/zigzagging the raw edge reinforces it, prevent fraying, and gives it a more professional finish.

to do that start about 2 inches away from the point where both parts meet, zig zag all the way around the curved part and finish 2 inches from the opposite edge

STEP 7: Press seam allowances

Start at the curved top edge, fold over the raw edge 1/4″ inwards and press. Continue folding and pressing the raw edges of the ties, bottom of the cap the the top curved edges.

Now fold the bottom of the ties towards the top, align both edges and press with an iron. Continue folding and pressing all the way around the bottom of cap to the end of the other tie.

STEP 8: Pin all folded edges

Now pin in place everything you’ve just folded

STEP 9: Sew the bottom of the cap

Take one of the ties and start at the end with the open edge facing towards you. Backstitch a couple of times, then continue sewing along the edge of the tie.

When you reach 2 inches from the curved top part stop and veer off to sew up the curve first. Then stop and with the needle down pivot and sew back to your original line of stitching. continue sewing all the way until 2 inches away from the second curved edge and repeat – veer off again, sew the curve, return to original stitch point.

STEP 10: (Optional) Add buttons /ear savers

You can add buttons few inches away from the start of the ties on either side of the cap. Handsew them or use your machine with the button-attaching foot on.

If you are machine sewing the buttons make sure your stitch width corresponds to the width between the buttonholes. Handcrank the wheel to determine whether you have set the correct size. Set your stitch length to 0 and sew back and forth 9-10 times. Leave the thread tails longer and hand-tie them to make sure the button stays on.

And your cap is ready. Here’s how it looks when worn:

and from the backside

The side view is charming:

Surgical Cap OPTIONS:

  • add elastic on the backside for a more snug fit (check step 4 on how to add elastic)
  • shorter or longer ties – if you want to make the ties longer
  • add buttons ( refer to step 10)

FAQs, Tips and Pattern Troubleshooting:

  • Any questions? Let me know and I’ll answer here

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Scrub hat pin image

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Hope you find this surgical hat tutorial useful. No matter whether you are sewing surgical hats for yourself or you are sewing to donate, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your hard work and serving others.

#StayHome, #staysafe and #sew with #hellosewing.

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 12 comments
Debra Oliver - April 30, 2020

these are wonderful, the first cap tutorial I’ve seen. I used to be a surgical x-ray tech a long time ago and these are adorable. thanks for coming by the party.

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angi - May 2, 2020

very stylish and well done love the fabric choice as well
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    Helen - May 2, 2020

    Thank you, Angi! Could of your delicious recipes caught my eye. I’ll have to try them

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Ann - May 4, 2020

Wonderful project! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

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    Helen - May 4, 2020

    It’s my pleasure. Thank you for hosting, Ann

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creativejewishmom/sara - May 4, 2020

This is fabulous, thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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    Helen - May 5, 2020

    Thank you, Sara. Your picks are always amazing!

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Shelbee on the Edge - May 5, 2020

I don’t work in the medical field but this looks like it would be super comfortable and so practical for medical workers! Thanks for sharing your pattern and linking up with me.

Shelbee
http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    Helen - May 5, 2020

    Thank you Shelbee. Indeed these surgical caps are much appreciated by the awesome doctors and nurses. Plus one can sew buttons on the side of the cap and attach the ear loops to buttons to prevent the dreaded ear burn

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Lillian - May 5, 2020

Is this pattern unisex? Will it fit a mans head?

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    Helen - May 6, 2020

    Yes, it is unisex and it will fit a regular sized man’s head

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Penny - May 18, 2020

Can you help me figure out how to incorporate a pouch-like thing in the back to hold long hair into a ponytail?

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