Monday, 13 February 2012

The Stethoscope Cover Tutorial

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.....  
  1. 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.
  2. 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!).  
  3. Covers are warmer than cold plastic on the skin. 
So when he asked me if I could make him some of these slip covers I got to work and made a tutorial to share at the same time.  They are very quick and simple to make.  You need only to be able to sew a straight line and do a bit of measuring.

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
  • thread
  • basic sewing machine
  • iron and ironing board
  • rotary cutter, cutting ruler, cutting mat

Cutting Directions

From the fat quarter cut:
  • one 7.5" x 20" rectangle 
  • two 2" x 4.25" rectangles
  • two 2" x 4.5" rectangles
from Velcro cut:
  • two 1" pieces
Note:  all seam allowances 1/4" unless otherwise stated

All cut pieces and Velcro
 Step 1:

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
 Step 2:

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.***

Finished Tab

Step 3:

Repeat the above process with the 2" x 4.5" rectangles.

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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
 Step 6:

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
Step 7:

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
Baste in place using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Basted Tab
Step 8:

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
Stitch the pin edges together using a 1/2" SEAM ALLOWANCE.

Finished 1/2" seam on long edges
Press seam open and turn right side out.  Press flat so that the seam is centered on the back of the cover. You're almost finished and should have a tube with attached tab that looks like the one below.

Front side of cover

Step 9:

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
Step 10:

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***


  1. This pattern looks great. I tried to make one from a different pattern last night and it totally failed. I will be trying this one today.


  2. Starting in Step 4, pictures show a crease from pressing in the long sides, but in Step 8 it looks like there is no pressed down fabric and raw edges are together for the 1/2" seam allowance. Also, in Step 6, my width is still 7.5", not 5.75". What am I seeing/have I done wrong? Thanks--Lorey

  3. Oops! You are so right Lori! Looks like a typo in my original measurement at the beginning of the tutorial/cutting directions. It should be 5.75 x 20 rectangle. Although you could make it wider. The finished tube fits pretty snugly as you pull it over the stethescope. With one that is 7.5 x 20 you would just have a wider finished tube. Hope that helps and sorry for the confusion! Sue

    1. Thanks. I will adjust... Making several for my sister who is graduating from nursing school. Excited to give her something no one else will have (probably). :-)

  4. I am going to try and make one from my son, for his father. Both are named Henry. I want my 3 year old to write, "Im Henry" on it....large print to show the toddler print. Any suggestions on what fabric to use? Also how i can get his handwriting on it? All I can think of is copy his print onto the fabric then stitch it????

  5. That's a great idea! I usually use cotton because it is easy to work with and washes well. You can buy pens specifically designed to write on fabric. You would just need to make sure your fabric colour and print are not so dark that the ink doesn't show up. Hope that helps!

  6. Could you put elastic in the bottom part of the fabric that would sit above the bell of the stethoscope?

  7. If I want to put a monogram on the cover, would you know the measurements for it to go?