Learn How to Make a Scrub Cap With This Free PDF Pattern, Sewing Tutorial, and Step-By-Step Video. Scroll down for all the info!
As many of you know, healthcare workers globally are struggling to find the scrubs and masks they need to perform their duties. Because of this, doctors, surgeons, nurses, and others have reached out to me about a sewing pattern for a scrub cap.
Many of you talented seamstresses and sewists are ready and willing to sew! And even for the beginners out there, we can do this! This scrub cap pattern is meant for everyone. Thank you for giving back however you can!
This pattern yields one fully lined scrub cap. It features extra space along the back of the cap so that hair can be placed in a bun and tucked underneath. For reference, I have thick hair that almost reaches my hips and it all fits securely underneath the cap.
Scrub Cap Supplies
- Quilting Cotton (1/3 Yard for Lining, 1/3 Yard for Main)
- Sewing Machine
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Paper & Printer
- Rotary Cutter & Rotary Mat
- Washable Marker
Watch the video on how to make a scrub cap below!
Step One: Download the Free Scrub Cap Sewing Pattern
Open the pattern in your PDF reader, I recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
You can download the free version here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/
Avoid printing the pattern from your browser as it can cause the scaling to be off and the border lines to print incorrectly.
Step Two: Print off & Tape Together the FREE PDF Pattern
Next, click on "Print" to open the print settings box. In the print settings, make sure the scaling is set to "Actual Size" or "Custom Scaling: 100%."
Then, print just the first page of the pattern. This page contains a 1" test square that you can measure to check that the scaling is correct
Once the first page prints, measure the test square. If it measures 1" x 1", print the remaining pages of the pattern.
If it does not measure 1" x 1", you will need to recheck your print settings before printing the rest of the pattern.
Trim away the excess paper on the sides (along the scissor guide) before taping the pages together.
You can also choose to overlap the papers. Holding the pages up to a light can help you to see through the paper and align the pattern lines correctly.
On a flat surface place page one out in front of you. Overlap page two, aligning the black border and pink circles with stars. Tape or glue the pages together. Continue this process until you reach a page without stars on the right-hand side. This means the row is complete. Begin assembling the next row below the first row.
Finally, connect the rows by aligning the black outline and circles together.
Step Three: Cut out Pattern & Fabric for your Scrub Cap
Cut along the black line on both pattern pieces. Lay out two pieces of fabric in front of you.
Each piece of fabric should be folded in half. Align the larger edge of the pattern piece with the folded fabric.
Pin it in place and cut around it. Open the remaining fabric and cut the remaining pattern piece out of one layer of the lining and the main fabric.
You should end up with a total of 4 pieces of fabric.
Step Four: Transfer Markings & Darts
NOTE: Please watch the YouTube video HERE to understand where to exactly mark the darts.
Transfer all markings from the patterns to the fabric with a washable marking pen. The markings will help you to align the pattern pieces together in the following steps.
Fold the fabric in half with right sides facing and pin the darts in place. Starting at the widest point sew the dart following the marking, leave a tail of thread and double knot it to secure the dart. Repeat this on lining fabric as well.
Step Five: Sew Darts on your Scrub Cap
Press the darts on the main fabric towards the center, press the darts on the lining fabric outwards. This will reduce the bulk when they are placed on top of each other.
Step Six: Align Right Sides Together
Place the tie pattern piece right side up in front of you. Lay the oval-shaped pattern piece on top of it (with right sides facing) aligning the centers and markings together.
Pin the pieces together. Repeat this step with the lining fabric.
Step Seven: Sew Ties to your Scrub Cap
Sew the fabrics together using a 3/8" seam allowance backstitch at the beginning and end. Press the seam and repeat with the lining.
Notch the rounded top of the cap on the main and lining fabrics.
Step 8: Sew Leaving 3” Opening
With Right sides together place the lining inside of the main fabric. Line up the ties and the bottom of the cap. Pin everything in place. Leave a 3" opening along the side. Sew all the way around.
Step Nine: Turn your Scrub Cap Right Side Out
Clip all corners and right-angles. Turn the cap right-side out through the 3” unsewn opening.
Hint: Use a pen or turning tool to push out the straps.
Step Ten: Press your Scrub Cap
Press all of the seams to give the cap a clean finish.
Step Eleven: Finish Opening & Topstitch your Scrub Cap
Finish the opening with a slipstitch or by topstitching 1/4" from the edge around the entire cap.
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