Vintage Nurse Cap

At one time caps were a mandatory part of a nurse’s outfit. No vintage nurse outfit is complete without one. This is the simple pattern I used for Rosalind’s Red Cross Nurse dress-up outfit.

Nurse’s Cap:

    1. Measure your child’s head.
    2. For cap: using a large pot or bucket lid, trace and cut out an 8-10 inch (diameter) circle.

  1. Baste 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch around the outer edge. Gather to form a “puffy hat” the circumference of your child’s head.
  2. For flap: Cut out 2 semi-circular “flaps” approx 7 inches long.
  3. For red cross: If desired, cut out 2 thin strips of red material (approx. 1 X 2 1/2 inches), iron sides under and sew onto the right side of the outer flap.
  4. With right sides together, sew along the curved edge. Turn right side out. Iron.
  5. Iron the pointed edges back.
  6. For rim: Cut out a rectangle that is 1 inch longer than your child’s circumference and 2 1/2 inches wide.
  7. Sew right side of rim to right side of cap with the flap in between. Turn right sides out.
  8. Iron under 1/2 inch on the loose edge of the rim. Fold over the raw edge and slip stitch in place.
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