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Help make scrubs

Making scrubs for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

A huge thank you for showing your interest in making scrubs for our hospital staff at this difficult time.

We would be very grateful for the items you can make, and below you will find the patterns and everything else you need to know. So before you start, please read the following specification and FAQs carefully.

 

SCRUBS SPECIFICATION

FABRIC

Unfortunately we cannot supply fabric – you would need to buy this yourself.

  • It needs to be 115 gsm
  • 100% cotton or 50/50 polyester-cotton in plain, dark colours
  • The plainer the better – patterned material is harder to inspect for staining/damage.
  • Must be washable at 60 degrees.

There are many online suppliers who will post fabric out to you.  Search for fabric stores online – you may need to shop around to get a good deal.

Preferably with cotton tape waist drawstring rather than elastic (goes baggy very quickly in frequent high temperature washing)

You will also need to order tape to make a draw string – see instructions for other materials required.

 

QUANTITIES

This table has been worked out by an experienced dressmaker but please check quantities for yourself before ordering this is a guide only.

Size

Fabric (based on standard 115cm width)

Fusible vilene*

Flat cord for the waist band (or make a cord from left over fabric) **

Thread

Small

4.5M

40cm

1.5M finished

1 reel

Medium

4.5M

40cm

1.75M finished

1 reel

Large

5M

40cm

2M finished

1 reel

XL

5M

40cm

2.25M finished

1 reel

2XL

5.5M

40cm

2.5M finished

1 reel

3XL

5.5M

40cm

2.75M finished

1 reel

* Because of the layout requirements 40cm is the minimum amount of interfacing you will need, but please note that 40cm will be sufficient for 2 sets.

 

PATTERNS

Click here to download your pattern. Thank you to Sew Different for allowing us to use this pattern. 

For more information about making scrubs please visit the Sew scrubs for West Suffolk Hospital Facebook page. 

 

SIZES

We need SCRUBS in all sizes:

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • XLarge
  • XXLarge
  • XXXLarge

Please machine stitch sizes on neck and waist bands as clearly as possible please.  It doesn’t need to be machine embroidered a couple of rows of a simple running stitch will be sufficient.

 

WASHING

Some fabric needs to be prewashed to prevent shrinkage before making up – please check with your supplier.

No need to wash scrubs before donation – we will launder everything at high temperature prior to clinical use.

 

MASKS AND OTHER ITEMS

Thank you for offers of other items but:

  • Please do not make masks we will not be able to use them
  • We do not need drawstring bags and will not be able to use them

 

HOW TO DELIVER COMPLETED GARMENTS

Drop off to West Suffolk Hospital, there will be a laundry sack at the main reception, and these will be collected on a regular basis.

By post

Sue Smith,
Scrubs Appeal,
West Suffolk Hospital,
Hardwick Lane,
Bury St Edmunds,
IP33 2QZ

 

Frequently asked questions

What if I cannot buy the material?
We are getting offers of free fabric and will pass on details when we get them.

What if my fabric says it has to be washed at a lower temperature than 60 degrees?
Don’t worry cotton and poly cottons will be OK at 60 degrees.

Can I make them for a hospital in another part of the country?
Please check the list on the ‘For love of scrubs’ Facebook page and/or contact your nearest hospital, care home, hospice or GP.

I have already bought elastic for the waist band?
Don’t worry, that’s OK some people prefer elastic, but drawstrings last longer.

What if you have too many pairs?
In the unlikely event that we get too many pairs of scrubs we will give any excess scrubs to other organisations in the community.

Do you need homemade face masks?
Unfortunately we cannot use homemade face masks in the hospital, they do not provide sufficient protection and we are getting supplies of PPE delivered.

 

Finally, a very, very big thank you!

 

 

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