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How to starch fold a nurse's cap

Updated February 21, 2017

Traditional nurses' caps, consisting of folded and pinned pieces of fabric, are made of starched cotton. It can be difficult to purchase a real nurse's cap since most hospitals no longer require the traditional white nurse's uniform. If you wish to add flair to a costume or give your nurse outfit a traditional look, make your own starched and folded nurse's cap with a large sheet of cotton fabric.

Trace the nurse's cap pattern on a long sheet of white fabric, using a pencil of fabric chalk.

Cut the fabric using sharp scissors.

Place the white fabric in the washing machine and add a squirt of detergent. Add a few squirts of liquid starch and wash the fabric.

Open the dryer and insert the cap into the dryer. Turn the dryer to low and dry the fabric for 20 to 30 minutes, until the fabric is slightly damp.

Lay the fabric flat and pull the thin strips on the edges of the cap around to form a round shape.

Pin the strips to the back of the cap using hat pins. Flip the top of the cap upwards.

Things You'll Need

  • Nurse cap pattern
  • White cotton fabric
  • Fabric chalk
  • Hat pins
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Breann Kanobi has worked as freelance writer since 2010. Kanobi regularly submits content online to Gamer DNA. Kanobi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University in 2010.