01 of 09
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:Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
The Pattern and Cutting - Create a Paper Pattern
Continue to 3 of 9 below.
- 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.
03 of 09
Continue to 4 of 9 below.
- 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.
04 of 09
Prepare Elastic Casing
On the small end of the fabric:
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- 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.
05 of 09
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.
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- 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.
06 of 09
Continue to 7 of 9 below.
- 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.
07 of 09
Start the Bias Tape Facing
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- 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.
08 of 09
Sew Down the Facing
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- 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)
09 of 09
Hand sew snaps as shown in the photo to secure the stethoscope cover.