With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, it has become increasingly important for healthcare workers and others to have access to personal protective equipment. To that end, we present the Alexis surgical cap.
This is a quick and easy sew. We hope you enjoy it.
- woven fabric (minimum 28″ by 20″)
- 2 pieces of elastic, cut 2.5″ and 3″
- 2 buttons, optional
Assembly & Sewing Instructions
Step 1: Assemble pages as shown below and cut out pieces.
Step 2: Fold ties right sides together along long edge. Sew along long edge and angled short edge, using 1/4″ (6mm) seam allowance. Clip corners. Turn ties rights side out and press. Set aside.
Step 3: Finish the raw edges of the cap piece, either by serging or a zig zag stitch. Mark the fold and pleat lines.
Step 4: Fold and press the straight edge of the cap piece to the wrong side 1½”. Fold and press the five pleats according to the arrows.
Step 5: Fold and press ⅝” hem around edge of cap piece.
Step 6: Align the finished edge of the previously completed ties with the finished edge of the cap.
Step 7: Top stitch the ties and the pleats on both sides using a ½” seam allowance. Leave a ½” gap after the last pleat to insert the elastic, and sew the rounded hem of the cap piece, maintaining a ½” seam allowance.
Step 8: Using a 2½” piece of elastic or trim, create a loop and attach it at the center back of the cap piece. Making sure to maintain the ½” seam allowance.
Step 9: Thread the 3” piece of elastic through the casing you created. Tack the ends of your elastic at each end.
Step 10: Thread ties through looped elastic. Your cap is now ready to be worn!
Optional: If you’d like, you can attach a button at the second pleat on both sides of the mask, creating a way to secure ear elastic from a mask.
This pattern was designed by Harmony Marquardt, an emergency room nurse and mother of three from Orlando, Florida. You are welcome to sell items made from this pattern, but the copyright to the pattern itself is held by Harmony Marquardt, and may not be distributed for free or sale through means other than the Sterling Sparrows website.