How to Make a Homemade Nurse Outfit

Updated February 21, 2017

Play the part of a nurse to a wealthy elderly patient. Carry five or six dolls and have another person be the fainting new father. Be a nurse with a prop syringe and have the patient wear a comical hospital gown. A traditional nurse costume can be half of many clever and funny couple costumes. Nurses are also characters in many plays. Luckily you can make an inexpensive nurse costume in less than half an hour.

Draw two pencil lines along one of the long sides of the paper, one 3/4 inch from the edge and one 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Trace these lines with a wide-point black marker. This will be the trim on the top of the hat.

Lay the paper on a table with the side with the lines down and that edge of the paper closest to you. Fold this edge up to meet the top edge. This will fold the paper in half lengthwise, with the lines on the top. This is your hat. Place it on your head like a headband with the stripe up. Pin the bottom layer to your hair.

Sew a gold button to each side of the front collar on the blouse, 1 inch from the point. If this does not work well with your blouse, you can also sew just one button on the left front, centred 4 inches below the shoulder. These suggest a nurse's pin.

Wear the blouse and hat with a white skirt, white hose and white shoes.


Add props such as a clipboard, a syringe from a play doctor kit or a tube of M&Ms for pills. Wear scrubs for a contemporary nurse costume. Add a name tag and comfortable shoes.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet of heavy white paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Wide-point black marker
  • Hair clips
  • White blouse with a collar
  • Two gold buttons
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • White skirt
  • White hose
  • White shoes
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.