How to Sew a Scrub Suit to Make It Smaller

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How to Sew a Scrub Suit to Make It Smaller
Easily altered scrub suits are commonly referred to as scrubs. (nurse image by astoria from

Light-weight, breathable scrubs with bulk-free seams are designed with comfort in mind. When sewing a scrub suit to make it smaller, get the best results by making sure the new seams aren't bulky. If you're reducing the scrubs one inch or less, you won't need to cut off the excess fabric if you spend extra time preparing the new seams. If you're reducing more than one inch, you'll need to trim excess fabric before sewing.

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Things you need

  • Tailor's chalk
  • Straight pins
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Turn the scrub suit inside out and put it on. Pinch the excess fabric up above the shoulders. Make a tailor's chalk mark at the neck opening and sleeve end close to the body, with the excess fabric above the mark. Pinch the excess fabric on the side seams, one seam at a time. Mark the side seams at each end. Mark the trousers the same way. Take the scrub suit off and turn it right side out.

  2. 2

    Spread the scrub suit out on a flat surface. Secure the ends directly on top of the marks with straight pins. Peek inside the edge of the scrubs to visually find the marks. Pin intersecting seams down flat.

  3. 3

    Measure the width of the pinned-off, excess fabric. Place pins across the length of the fabric at the desired seam-line running parallel with the seam.

  4. 4

    If the total width is 1/2 inch or less go on to the next step. If the pinned-off width is more 1/2 inch, mark off 1/2 inch beyond the desired seam-line and cut off the excess with the scissors.

  5. 5

    With the sewing machine set to a short stitch, sew straight across the marked-off area of the scrub suit. Sew on the right side of the fabric, which is also the outside of the scrub suit. Remove the pins as you sew.

  6. 6

    Keeping the intersecting seams flat by holding them down with your fingertips, fold the excess fabric in half, toward the front of the shirt. Pin the folded fabric in place.

  7. 7

    Top-stitch the seam by sewing 1/8 inch from the folded edge. Remove the pins. This seam will be flat. While not a true flat-felled seam, it will resemble a flat-felled seam, like the seam running up the inner leg of jeans. The folding and sewing step will be the same whether you're folding the original seam under or have cut off excess fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • Use thread that is either the same shade as the scrub suit or one shade darker. Lighter and brighter threads will be highly visible.

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