Unisex Scrubs Pants Pattern – Making Scrubs Quick & Easy

unisex scrubs pants patternThis unisex scrubs pants pattern will come very handy if you need to look after a sick person suffering from a contagious illness. With the novel coronavirus spreading, and medical equipment hard to get ahold of, homemade protection may be the best you can do.

unisex scrubs pants pattern

Last year during the winter, I caught the worst case of the flu that I've ever had. Thankfully my daughter was there to help me through it, bringing me warm drinks and making the meals. But, unfortunately, within four days she had caught the flu herself. Had she worn a mask and regularly changed her clothing, it may have been a different story. Now there is more at stake, and we want to be ready just in case one of us comes down with something. We've already made a mask, and now I'll show you how to make some bottoms that are easy to change out of, wash, and can be made in no time.

unisex scrubs pants pattern

These pants have one large pocket on the side, an elastic waistband with a cord, and enough room to move around in. This will make this a very pair of comfortable bottoms for anyone in your family.

unisex scrubs pants pattern


  • 2 to 2 1/2 yards of cotton (poplin), twill, or mechanical stretch polyester (for fast drying)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 yards of 3/8″ or 1/2″ elastic, or 2″ wide elastic
  • 2 yards of 1/4″ cord for the waistband
  • Thread to match


  • Sewing machine (optional) but ideal
  • Scissors
  • Pins

Fabric Recommendations

Sewing Skills:  Intermediate Beginners

If you have never made a pair of pants in your life, please read the following articles before cutting the fabric.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Cutting Fabric

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Fabric

Unlined Patch Pocket Tutorial

Unlined patch pocket tutorial – how to make the perfect pocket

Sewing Pajama Shorts

From minute 10:00 you will see how to insert an elastic very fast.

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Pattern Download

Download Pattern HERE

How To Print And Assemble Your Unisex Scrubs Pants Pattern

Please use Adobe Reader a (free program), Landscape mode, do not scale.  Tape the pattern first horizontally from 1-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, 21-25.  Then tape 1-5 on top of 6-10 etc.  The small squares are 1″ and the distance between the lines is also 1″.

Fitting: The waistband must be able to pass over your hips.  Choose your size according to your hips size.  Allow 4 to 6 inches of ease at the hips.  Add two inches of length for men.

In this sew along, I show you how to make some adjustments to a pattern, how to increase the waistband, the crotch and how to increase or reduce the width of the legs.

Pattern Sizes

Size Waist Hips Length
S 24-30 36 36
M 30-36 40 38
L 36-41 45 39
2XL 42-47 51 40
3XL 48-51 57 41

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How To Sew Your Scrubs Pants:

Use a small to medium stitch and a 5/8″ seam allowance already included in your pattern.

Step One:  Sew the front and back together on the side seamunisex scrubs pants pattern

Zig Zag the seam allowance or serge reducing the seam allowance to 3.8″unisex scrubs pants pattern

Step Two:  Apply the pocket

Following the Sewing Pajama Shorts tutorial linked above.

I have added the pocket in your pattern. Please trace it on a piece of fabric following the pattern.  Seen below sideways.

unisex scrubs pants pattern

Fold the top edge.unisex scrubs pants pattern

Fold the sides.

Fold the bottomunisex scrubs pants pattern

Fold the top once again.unisex scrubs pants pattern

Stitch down at 7/8″ from the top.unisex scrubs pants pattern

Pin the pocket in place following the pattern.  About 4″ of the pocket will be on the front side.unisex scrubs pants pattern

Stitch around no more than 1/8″ or double stitch for a stronger pocket.unisex scrubs pants pattern

Repeat Step One and two. Personally, I wished I had double stitched the pockets.   It would have looked more professional but a single stitch is still strong enough.

Step Three:  Sew the inseamunisex scrubs pants pattern

Step Four:  Sew the crotch

Turn one leg right side out, then thread/feed it through the other leg.  Match the crotch and pin.

unisex scrubs pants pattern

You know you have done it well when you have the right sides facing each other.  Sew and serge.

unisex scrubs pants pattern

Step Five:  Sewing the waistband, there are two methods depending on your elastic.

If you are using a 1 1/2″ wide elastic apply the elastic as in the sewing pajama shorts video.

From minute 10:00 I show you how to do this very fast and easy.

Make a band with the elastic.

Fold the waistband 1/2″, slide the elastic band and fold over the elastic, then sew.

If you are using the 1/2″ or 3/8″ elastic.

Fold 1/2″unisex scrubs pants pattern

then fold 2″.  Mark two lines 1/2″ from the top, then 3/4″.

Make one buttonhole on each side of the seam allowance, then sew the lines leaving a channel so you can tread the cord and the elastic trough.unisex scrubs pants patternunisex scrubs pants pattern

Step Six:  Sew the hemline

Zigzag or serge the hem, then fold 1″ and stitch.

As you can see, the unisex scrubs pants pattern is very simple to use.  I'd say you could make three in just an afternoon.  That means you can quickly help protect your friends and family if one of you falls ill.  It is important to remember that these scrubs bottoms should be washed every time you come into contact with the potentially infected person – check out our article on ways to disinfect clothing for help with that.

In need of a mask? Check out our free pattern and tutorial on how to make your own face mask.

Super Simple Face Mask Pattern For Adults And Kids

Need anything else in your wardrobe to look after a sick person? Do let me know in the comments below, I'm more than happy to help.

Please share this unisex scrubs pants pattern and join the many thousands of women sewing for charity.  Stay healthy and happy, wishing you the best, until next time!

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30 Responses to Unisex Scrubs Pants Pattern – Making Scrubs Quick & Easy

  1. Marjolijn Walsh says:

    HOw much seem allowance did you use and is that included in the pattern or does that need to be added when cutting the fabric. thank you in advance!

  2. Joan says:

    Could these pants be made without the draw string? I’ve had numerous problems with other draw string garments that has made me leery of making this pattern as designed.

  3. Abby says:

    Can you use quilters cotton?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Depends on the fabric. Not recommended if you are using batiste, rayon or georgette. If you are using a fabric with a lot of body such as twill and thing you can but please test a piece of the fabric to adjust the tension if you need to.

  4. Maureen Ridley says:

    Brilliant. Do you have a multi- size top pattern. I am making up from old white flat sheets I have had for years. Excellent quality material and now is an excellent time to “recycle” them. Making scrubs for a young lady who works in a Care Home with no protection..
    Thank you so much for what you are doing.

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Maureen, I’ll put it on the list. Hopefully will get a pattern made up shortly. There seems to be a lot of interest.

  5. Megan Bennett Helsel says:


  6. Oma macht das schon says:

    Can you please tell me whether I should print in Letter or A4 for A4 the test square is not correct

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      You need to use Adobe Reader, Landscape mode and do not scale at all. The pattern will print on A4 or Letter without a problem.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Please, please – it would be WONDERFUL to have a scrubs top to match these pants.

  8. Cindy Chudacoff says:

    Mayra, I just printed this PDF pattern and the one for the Linen V-Top. The 2” square on the pattern for the top measures perfectly, but the one on page 5 for the scrub pants is slightly smaller than 2” (about 1 15/16”) square. I tried printing it in a couple of different PDF programs, including Adobe Acrobat Reader, and it came out the same. What do you think?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Cindy, the only program I recommend is Acrobat reader, Actual Size, not scaling at all. Landscape mode. Still I am going to check the link and get back to you. Via email. Thanks for reaching out!

  9. Kate says:

    I am unable to make this pattern work. The pattern pieces from 6-10 do not line up with everything else – can anyone help?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Landscape Mode, pages do not need to be cut just tape together, rows need to be align so the squares measure 1″ square. There are thin lines in between they too measure 1″ from each other.

  10. Bos says:

    Perfect, just what I have been looking for. Do you have a pattern for a scrub top to go with the pants?
    Really appreciate your mask info too. Thank you.

  11. Jojo Sewist says:

    Thanks for the pattern and how to add the drawstring. What thickness if muslin did you you use? What is considered a thick muslin. I am finding buying fabric online very difficult since I can’t touch/feel it. Any help in how to select fabric online will be appreciated.

  12. Vanesa says:

    Thank you so much!

  13. Connie says:

    Thank you so much!

  14. zCatLady says:

    These are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I have a daughter who is a nurse. Do you have a scrub shirt pattern, or will you be coming out with one? Thanks!

  15. Trish says:

    What fabric did you use? Where can we purchase mechanical stretch polyester?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Trish, mechanical stretch polyester is another name for gabardine with a 6-10% stretch normally used on uniforms. I used muslin. I ran out of paper and was not able to make the pattern so I had to drape on the mannequin, tricky but not impossible. Try amazon they sell both.

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