Not sure what a stethoscope cover is? Not exactly something you'd think to make? Me either! So when my doctor brother in law asked me to make some I had to ask a few questions. His response was that he needed them for 3 reasons.....
- Pretty stethoscope covers in eye catching colours or children's prints help kids relax and give them something to look at while the doctor treats them.
- The covers protect the plastic tubing from the oils from your skin which will harden the plastic and make it inflexible over time (I had no idea!).
- Covers are warmer than cold plastic on the skin.
The covers would make a great gift for any health professional needing to use a stethoscope. I plan on making some in seasonal and holiday theme prints as well.
You will need:
- one fat quarter of your chosen fabric
- 1-2 inches of sew in Velcro
- basic sewing machine
- iron and ironing board
- rotary cutter, cutting ruler, cutting mat
From the fat quarter cut:
- one 7.5" x 20" rectangle
- two 2" x 4.25" rectangles
- two 2" x 4.5" rectangles
- two 1" pieces
|All cut pieces and Velcro|
Begin by centering one side of the Velcro tape 1/2" from the end of a 2" x 4.25" rectangle. Stitch around all four sides of the Velcro back stitching at beginning and end. ***You will need to sew close to the edges of the Velcro.
|Pieces for tab #1 with Velcro attached|
Place the other 2" x 4.25" rectangle on top of the one you just sewed the Velcro to right sides together. Pin in place and sew around the long sides and short end with the Velcro using a 1/4" seam allowance. ***Do not stitch the short end without the Velcro.
Clip the corners and turn the tab out through the opening and press. ***You could top stitch the edges of your tabs if you want a more finished look.***
Repeat the above process with the 2" x 4.5" rectangles.
Take the other half of one of your Velcro pairs and place it in the bottom right hand corner of your main fabric rectangle about 1.25" from the short edge and 1" from the long edge.
|Velcro placement on bottom right hand corner of main fabric rectangle|
Stitch around all four sides of the Velcro back stitching at beginning and end, securing it to the fabric.
Fold both of the short ends of your main fabric rectangle under by 1/2" and press. Stitch in place using 1/4" seam allowance.
|1/2" folded short edge with finished 1/4" seam|
Find the midpoint of the 5.75" edge WITHOUT the Velcro piece and mark lightly using a pencil or non-permanent fabric pen.
|Marking the midpoint of short edge for Velcro placement|
Center the other remaining Velcro half on this mark and 1/2" in from the edge of the fabric.
|Finished stitched Velcro|
Take the 4.5" long tab and place it (Velcro side facing up) over the matching Velcro half in the right hand corner of the main fabric rectangle. Make sure the raw edges of the tab and the raw edges of the fabric are aligned and the tab is centered over the corresponding Velcro piece on the main rectangle. Pin in place
|Pinned tab in right hand corner of main fabric rectangle|
Fold your rectangle in half lengthwise aligning raw edges. Make sure to keep your basted tab away from the 1/2" seam you are about to sew. Pin in place.
|Lengthwise fold with raw edges matching and pinned|
|Finished 1/2" seam on long edges|
|Front side of cover|
Take the 4.25" tab and place the raw edge end inside the tube with Velcro facing upwards. Make sure the tab is centered over the seam on the back. Align the raw edges of the tab with the raw edge of the folded seam inside the tube. Pin in place
|4.25" Tab placement inside tube|
Stitch the tab in place using a 1/4" seam allowance back stitching at beginning and end.
|Finished sewn tab|
You're finished! Take your newly finished stethoscope cover and present it to your favorite health professional!
This is my second sewing tutorial so please feel free to post comments or ask questions if you have any problems. I would love some feedback!
*** This tutorial is for personal and limited commercial use only. You may use this tutorial to create stethoscope covers to sell at craft fairs or craft sites such as Etsy. Please do not claim this pattern as your own or reproduce in whole or part for commercial use. Thank you***