How to Make Surgical Caps

By Courtney Clark
How to Make Surgical Caps
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Surgical caps are meant not only for doctors and nurses, but for patients as well. While they are an essential item, surgical caps can be expensive to buy in stores and a surgical cap pattern can cost quite a bit, too. Fortunately, it is easy to make your own bouffant surgical cap without a pattern. As long as you have basic sewing skills, you can make your own surgical caps for doctors, nurses, patients or even Halloween costumes.

Step 1

a circle, fabric, 24 inches, diameter
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Cut out a circle of fabric that is 24 inches in diameter. Fold over the edges of the fabric 1/2 an inch and iron.

Step 2

Hem, Hem the fabric circle, the raw edges, you
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Hem the fabric circle all the way around, tucking the raw edges under as you sew. Leave an opening of about 1 inch.

Step 3

the circumference, your head, your forehead, the top
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Measure the circumference of your head from your forehead, around the top of your face, under your ears and to the nape of your neck. Cut out a piece of elastic that meets this measurement exactly.

Step 4

Thread, the hem, the fabric, the 1 inch opening
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Thread the elastic through the hem of the fabric through the 1 inch opening, gathering the fabric as you go. Sew the two ends of the elastic together and hand sew the opening in the hem closed.

About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.