This is a tutorial for how to make a DIY Scrub Cap with ponytail holder for nurses that need them. It’s a super simple pattern that takes a little less than half a yard of fabric. Below I used some Halloween Star Wars fabric and 100% polyester ribbon for the ties.
However, I’ve ordered some twill tape to use for the ties in the future. Twill tape is basically the ties you find on pajama pants or fleece boxers. It’s a material that is pretty sturdy and just needs the ends sewn to withhold.
Download The DIY Scrub Cap Pattern
First start by downloading and printing the pattern. Download the pattern here. Then click and print at 100%; must be at 100% to print correctly. Once the pattern is printed then cut out the top, head, and tail of the pattern. Place the head and tail together and tape as shown in the video below.
How To Cut On The Fabric
Cut out the top on one piece of fabric not layered. The head and tail will be cut on the fold at the top of the pattern where it states on the fold. Be sure to tape the head and ponytail pieces where marked.
When cutting on the fold for the head and tail pieces be sure that the fabric is doubled where it’s long enough for the entire piece to fit. I place the top of the two pieces where it says on the fold at the top on the fold.
After cutting the single layer top piece and the long piece for the head and tail. Pin or clip them together. I like to use clips because I don’t have to worry about being poked. Start by pinning at the top of the top piece to the center of the head/tail piece opened up.
The best way to show you how to do this is by watching the video below. Once the top piece is pinned to the head/tail piece it’s time to sew. If the tail piece doesn’t line up perfectly then group a little fabric right where the top meets the tail. It won’t be noticed when sewing is complete.
Start at the tip of the top section and sew down the right side with fabric print side down. Then sew from the tip of the top down the left side all the way to the end of the tail. Flip the hat right side up and check for any holes. If you have a hole just go back and stitch it closed.
Making The Hem
Flip the hat on it’s back with the inside facing you. Make a french or rolled hem and clip all the way around. Some pieces may have to have a creased fabric. This is okay just as long as the safety pin can get through later. See the video below for details on how to sew this.
Feeding The Ribbon Or Twill Through
Sew along the inside of the hem allowing for space to run the safety pin and ribbon through. Align the hat together and right where the ponytail piece starts stitch across the hem on each side. Then make a hole below it for the ribbon or twill tape. Use 100% polyester ribbon not satin as satin frays.
Through the holes run the ribbon or twill tape through the hem all the way through till the ribbon or tape is even. This is show in detail in the video below. Hope you enjoy making these for nurses in need around you. If you have questions please place them in the comments!
I added a custom stitch to the top hem around the head. This is extra and just adds a little fun fashion to the scrub cap.