How to Make Your Own Women's Scrub Hat

    by Kathryn Hatter

    About the Author

    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.


    People in the medical profession usually need to wear a scrub hat as part of their uniform. If you have basic sewing skills, you can make your own scrub hats out of fun fabrics. Scrub hat patterns are available, but you can make a woman's hat for a scrub uniform that doesn't require the use of a special pattern.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 yard cotton print
    • Sewing machine
    • Scissors
    • Straight pins
    • Thread
    • Tape measure

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    Cut Pattern Pieces

    Cut the body of the hat. The body piece is a slightly rounded rectangle, 24 inches by 11.5 inches. Fold this piece in half with the right sides together so that the folded piece measures 12 inches by 11.5 inches.

    Cut the headband. This piece is a rectangle measuring 5 inches by 25.5 inches.

    Cut the ties. The ties are two 5-inch by 36-inch strips of fabric.

    Sew the Hat

    Begin with the folded body piece. With the folded edge on the left side, lightly gather from the upper folded edge by sewing two parallel rows of basting stitches along the folded edge, along the bottom, and up the right side. Stop approximately 3 inches from the top. Pull the gathers up only slightly.

    Sew a seam from the folded edge, down, and around the lower edge (the brim of the hat). Turn to the right side and press.

    Fold the headband lengthwise with right sides facing each other. With a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew along the length of the headband. Turn the headband out and press.

    Pin the headband to the right side of the hat, matching both centers.

    Sew the headband to the hat. Turn it right-side out and press the seam toward the hat.

    Fold the tie pieces in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Pin and sew the ties along one short edge and the long raw edge. Turn it to the right side, and press well.

    Find the raw, open edges on each side of the headband. Turn under the raw edges and insert a tie into each end. Stitch each tie in place into the headband to finish the hat.

    Remove the basting stitches.

    • The ties make this hat suitable for most head sizes, but with a little adjustment, the dimensions can be adapted to fit any size.
    • Make sure the fabric you choose for your scrub hat is machine washable.