This 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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
From minute 10:00 you will see how to insert an elastic very fast.
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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.
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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 seam
Zig Zag the seam allowance or serge reducing the seam allowance to 3.8″
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.
Fold the top edge.
Fold the sides.
Fold the bottom
Fold the top once again.
Stitch down at 7/8″ from the top.
Pin the pocket in place following the pattern. About 4″ of the pocket will be on the front side.
Stitch around no more than 1/8″ or double stitch for a stronger pocket.
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 inseam
Step Four: Sew the crotch
Turn one leg right side out, then thread/feed it through the other leg. Match the crotch and pin.
You know you have done it well when you have the right sides facing each other. Sew and serge.
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.
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.
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.
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!