Stethoscope Cover

I was recently asked, by a close friend’s sister, to make a slipcover for her stethoscope.  I’ve never worked in the healthcare field and didn’t realize, until I had a stethoscope in my hands, how uncomfortable that rubber-like tubing is against the back of your neck.  Not to mention, they’re just not that cute.  I know, they’re meant to be functional, but there’s nothing wrong with bringing a little personality into your job.

These are not hard to make and would make a great gift for the healthcare professional in your life.

I made this one for my friend’s sister. 

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stetho 1

And it reverses to this.

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stetho 2

Yep, I said it’s reversible.  Then I started thinking – how fun would it be to have a Christmas version? 

If you’d like to make one yourself, you’ll need this pattern.  You should pre-wash your cotton fabric so the cover can be washed without shrinking.

Cut two pieces for the outside and two for the lining.  Cut two pieces of iron-on interfacing from just the top u-shaped portion of the pattern.  You’ll also need 4 pieces of 1/2” Velcro, each 1” long.  It’s not pictured, but it also requires 5 1/2” of 3/8” wide elastic.

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stetho 3

Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of one outside and one lining piece.

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stetho 4

Sew the loop side of the Velcro onto the outside interfaced piece 1/2” from the top edge and 3/8” from the inside edge of the “U.”  Sew the next piece 1” away from the first and 3/8” from the edge.  Repeat on the opposite side.  Sew the hook sides to the interfaced lining piece in the same manner.

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stetho 5

Lay the outside pieces right sides together.  Stitch 1/4” from the outside edge on both sides.  Leave the inside of the “U”, the top edges and the bottom edge open.  Clip seam at corners.  Press the seams open.  Do the same with the lining.

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stetho 6

Turn the outside right side out.  Stuff it into the lining with the Velcro pieces on opposite sides.  Match the edges on the upper and inside edges of the “U”.  Stitch 1/4” from the edge.

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stetho 7

Turn right side out through the bottom.

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stetho 8

Stuff the lining into the outside.  Press the upper edge and topstitch.

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stetho 9

Zigzag stitch the outside and lining edges together at the bottom.

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stetho 10

Turn the bottom edge up 1/4” to the outside, then up again 1/2” to create a casing for the elastic.  Stitch close to the upper fold, leaving 1” open.

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stetho 11

Feed the elastic through the casing using the opening.  Stitch the ends of the elastic together, then stitch the casing closed.

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stetho 12

Slide in your stethoscope, then fold in the edges at the top so the Velcro can connect.  To reverse it, pull the entire thing through the top and attach the Velcro the other way.

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stetho 13

That’s it!  Not difficult, a reasonable amount of supplies, pretty and practical.

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stetho 14

Happy Holidays to all the people out there helping to keep us healthy!