Free Nurse Hat Pattern and Sewing Directions

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    Make Your Own Nurse Hat

    Easy-Sew Nurse Cap
    Mollie Johanson

    This DIY nurse hat is an intermediate project for costume-makers. Children who dress up for play and Halloween love pretending they are a nurse. Make this nurse's cap to encourage children in their dress up play or shrink down the measurements to sew a tiny nurse's hat to fit an 18-inch doll.

    Nurse's caps are typically starched, but this one uses stabilizer to keep the front edge standing up. Although many caps have colored stripes on them, nurses earn that stripe upon graduation from their course. 

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    Tools and Supplies

    Nurse Cap Supplies
    Mollie Johanson


    • 1/3 yard white fabric
    • 2/3 yard heavy iron-on fusible interfacing
    • Thread
    • Red felt
    • Thin elastic (optional)


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    Prepare the Basic Pieces

    Sew Around the Edges
    Mollie Johanson
    • Cut the fusible interfacing into two 12x20-inch pieces. Iron them to the back of the white fabric. 
    • Cut two rectangles of stabilized white fabric measuring 11x19 inches each.
    • Cut a 5x7-inch rectangle out of the two lower corners of each piece. The 7-inch side of the cut out pieces should be along the long edge of the rectangle.
    • If you are making this hat for an 18-inch doll, cut 5x8-1/2-inch rectangles and cut out 2-1/4x3-inch rectangles from the corners. 
    • Sew around all of the edges with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving a 3-inch opening on the bottom of the "T" shape.
    • Clip the corners.
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    Top Stitch and Press the Nurse's Cap

    Iron the Front Fold
    Mollie Johanson
    • Turn the hat right side out and roll the seams between your fingers to open them. Iron the cap, including the opening, making sure that the seam allowance is pressed in evenly.
    • Top stitch around the edges with a 1/8-inch allowance.
    • Fold the "T" edge up so that the horizontal edges are 1-inch below the long edge. Press with an iron.
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    Sew the Back of the Nurse's Hat

    Add a Pleat and Attach the Sides
    Mollie Johanson
    • Fold a small pleat in the "T" shape and sew it with a horizontal line. 
    • Bring the inside corners of the long edges to the back of the cap. Pin them in place at a slight angle near the bottom and the pleat. Sew the corners with small vertical lines.
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    Add a Red Cross to Finish the Nurse's Cap

    Add a Felt Red Cross
    Mollie Johanson
    • Cut a 2-inch square of red felt and cut a 1/2-inch square out of each corner to make a cross. Attach the cross to the front of the hat with fabric glue.
    • If you are making a doll hat, start with a 1-inch square and cut out 1/4-inch squares from the corners.
    • Traditionally, a hat like this would be held in place with hairpins. If you're making this for a child's costume, a doll, or if you just want to skip the hassle of hairpins, add a thin elastic chin strap.
    • Put the cap in place and measure the elastic based on the head size of who will be wearing it, cutting it a little shorter so it can stretch when worn. Sew the ends to the sides of the hat.

    Your nurse's cap is ready to wear!