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Scrub repurposing by Fashion Seal Healthcare®

Welcome to Part 3 of the eco-friendly series "How to repurpose scrubs”. Today we will show you how to make a handy tote bag crafted from a Fashion Seal Healthcare® Unisex V-neck scrub top. Scrubs are typically a great item to refashion because the fabrics we use in our healthcare uniforms combine durability with comfort… two things you want in a finished sewing project!   

A crafty co-worker of mine turned this scrub into a tote bag and even sketched out her plan. Here’s how she did it in ten easy steps:  

To start, lay the scrub top flat on table, right side out.
Step 1 - Cut in a straight line from bottom of sleeve to bottom of sleeve. Cut through both layers of fabric.
Step 2 - Cut off both sleeves.
Step 3 - Cut two strips 5” wide x width of back of scrub. These will be the handles. (Discard sleeves and scraps – unless you want to use them for small pockets!)  Sew each piece into a casing then turn right side out add trim as desired.
Step 4 - Cut a 3” x 3” corner out of each side at each bottom corner. Cut through both layers of fabric.How to repurpose scrubs - Part 3  Add trim as desired to cover the stitching for the pockets.
Step 5 - Sew each of the corner cuts together to form the four corners of the sides of the bottom.
Step 6 - Sew the bottom edge together.
Step 7 - Sew along each side.
Step 8 - Turn the bag wrong side out and sew all perimeter edges. By sewing the seams twice this will create a ravel proof seam.
Step 9 - Fold the top of the bag under towards the inside using a double fold equal to a 1”.  Attach each handle an equal distance from the edge seam on both sides while hemming the top. Add trim in this step if desired.
Step 10 - Sew another round of stitching on the top hem at the top edge catching the handles with the second round of stitching for reinforcement.

Now you have a sturdy, trendy tote that can be used for multiple activities from trips to the beach to a quick run to the grocery store!

Scrub repurposing by Fashion Seal Healthcare

Thanks to Cathy Cosart, Assistant Buyer and creator/model!

What repurposing project should we do next? Share your ideas or your own repurposing projects in the comments section below!  

In case you missed the other parts of the "How to repurpose scrubs” series, check them out here:
How does a “Refashionista” celebrate Earth Day with scrubs? - Part 1
How to repurpose scrubs - Part 2


Viv Smith was the Director of Marketing at Fashion Seal Healthcare®. Viv has more than 10 years of experience in digital and interactive marketing.

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