Free Fabric Stethoscope Cover Pattern

  • 01 of 09

    Materials Needed

    Stethoscope Being Put in to a Finished Cover
    Stethoscope Being Put in to a Finished Cover. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    A stethoscope cover makes a great thank you gift for your favorite doctor or nurse. Make them in bright, cheerful or comical fabric to distract someone to distract someone from the real need for a stethoscope.

    Materials needed:

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  • 02 of 09

    The Pattern and Cutting - Create a Paper Pattern

    Stethoscope Cover Pattern
    Stethoscope Cover Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Start with a piece of paper or pattern material that is at least 34" tall by at least 12" wide.
    • Fold the 34" length in half and form a strong crease to work from as a center point. This will allow you to keep both sides even.
    • Mark off the measurements shown in the photo.
    • Lightly sketch in the curved lines.
    • Fold the length of the pattern in half and cut out the pattern, leaving the fold intact.
    • Unfold the pattern piece.
    • Use the fold line on the pattern piece as a straight grain-line to cut out two of the pattern pieces out of your fabric.
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  • 03 of 09

    First Seam

    First Seam
    First Seam. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Place the cut-out fabric pieces, right sides together, aligning all the edges.
    • Using a 1/2" seam allowance, seam from the top to the bottom on one side.
    • Apply a seam finish to the seam allowance.
    • Press the seam allowance to one side.
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  • 04 of 09

    Prepare Elastic Casing

    Create elastic casing on a stethescope cover.
    Create Elastic Casing. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    On the small end of the fabric:

    • Turn under 1/2" of the edge, bringing wrong sides of the fabric together.
    • Press well.
    • Turn under again so the raw edge is enclosed.
    • Press well.
    • Sew as close to the edge as possible to create a casing for the elastic.
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  • 05 of 09

    Adding Elastic

    How to sew an elastic casing on a stethescope cover.
    Elastic Casing. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Although you only need 4" of 1/4" wide elastic, it is easiest to not cut the elastic before you sew it in place by using the following method.

    • Mark 1" from the end of the elastic and again 4" from the 1" mark.
    • Place a small safety pin on the one-inch end.
    • Use the safety pin to guide the elastic through the casing. Keep the elastic flat, untwisted and smooth.
    • Guide the elastic through the casing so the 1" mark is at one end of the casing and the 4" mark is at the other end of the casing.
    • Use the "tails" of the elastic to hold it in place while you sew the elastic in place at the ends of the casing.
    • Trim the elastic to the ends of the fabric casing.
    • Push the "gathered" fabric to the middle area of the casing so the ends of the casing are smooth.
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  • 06 of 09

    Second Seam

    Second Seam
    Second Seam. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Align the edges with the right sides together.
    • Sew a seam in the second side of the cover using a 1/2" seam allowance, sewing the same distance that you did for the first side.
    • Apply a seam finish.
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  • 07 of 09

    Start the Bias Tape Facing

    Start the Bias Tape Facing
    Start the Bias Tape Facing. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Lay the right side of the bias tape on the right side of the fabric at the top edge of the stethoscope cover.
    • Open the edge of the bias tape and align the edge with the edge of the fabric.
    • Fold the end of the bias tape so the raw edge will end up enclosed.
    • Sew in the crease of the bias tape to attach the bias tape to the fabric.
    • Continue all the way around the top opening of the stethoscope cover, ending with the end of the bias tape on top of the folded under end.
    • Trim away any excess bias tape.
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  • 08 of 09

    Sew Down the Facing

    Sew the Facing
    Sew the Facing. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Trim and clip where needed so that the bias tape will lay flat on the wrong side of the fabric on the top opening.
    • Press in place, easing in any fullness if necessary.
    • Stitch the unattached edge to the fabric, sewing as close to the edge as possible. (Tip: Play with needle position to achieve close stitching)
    • Press
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  • 09 of 09


    Snap Placement
    Snap Placement. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Hand sew snaps as shown in the photo to secure the stethoscope cover.