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About a month ago, a nurse friend of mine asked me to feature a few scrub refashions on this blog.  She has tons of old ones that she can’t use for work anymore, but she hated to just toss them out or donate them if something else could be done.

I love a challenge!

No..I don’t want no scrubs!

Is TLC’s “No Scrubs” running through anyone else’s head?  :)

A scrub is a guy who thinks he’s fly…

I have no use for this scrub top, as rather than going into medicine, I chose to major in Theatre and English (a far more practical option, no?).  I also had no use for this funky stain on one of the sleeves.


But where to begin?  I knew I didn’t like that hospital green, so I grabbed some dye supplies!

Now we’re talking!

I folded my top into a small rectangle, like so:

So foldable!

Then I soaked it in its dye bath for about an hour or so.

It’s in there. I promise!

I was wanting a funky irregular dye pattern, hence the foldage.  :)

After my top was dyed, rinsed, and dried, I chopped the sleeves with my pinking shears, leaving just enough fabric to sew under.


Then, I stitched the pinked edges under!

First you pin…
…Then you stitch!

I chose a fun, graduated red thread for a nice contrast.

Pretty, eh?

I think it looks quite nice!

The stitch that zigs!

With my armholes nicely redone, all I needed to do was take my new top in a bit!


I cut off that extra material, gave my new top a good press, and was ready to head off to the farm!

Welcome to the farm!

A friend of mine hosts an annual Oktoberfest party at his family’s farm.  It was delightful!

Getting a tour of the house. Douglas is fascinated!
It’s a beautiful day on the farm!
I prefer the city life!
Fresh air, a sweet guy, and a tasty brew!
Sitting pretty in my new top!
What a view!

I had so much fun with this refashion, that I can’t wait to try other ideas to re-do more old scrubs!  :)


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26 thoughts on “Scrub Upcycle!

  1. did you use both the purple and blue die mixed together? If so, it’s a LOVELY shade. And I totally never would have thought to MIX dyes. wow.

    p.s. I love the photo bomb on the “mwah” pic

  2. I have a black garbage sack stuffed full of old scrubs I refuse to part with, although they are no longer used! You need to stop by for a visit! **wink, wink**!

  3. It’s cute and the color turned out great. I’m a nurse so have too many scrubs and will make some of these. I like how you cut the sleeves up to the neckband but for me I think it will be cuter to leave the body of the shirt more “belled” and “flouncy.” (No other words come to mind) Thanks for the clue….great job

  4. Super cute. Can I make a request. I would love to see what you would do with some Catholic school uniforms. Janitors jumpsuit. Army camoflage. Or a biohazard suit. That would be fun!

  5. YAY!!! I AM a nurse with lost of old scrubs I can’t wear anymore. They’ve been sitting in a corner for donation for a LONG time. I just may have to pull some out and give this a shot. Thanks so much for this idea!

  6. Love this shade … I tried to predict what colour you’d get and I was wrong, but the beauty of the end result made up for that :)

  7. with another one you could chop it off horizontally under the arms, then fold over the cut edge and stitch it to make a casing, then insert a bit of elastic and you have a skirt! I did this to a big old ugly t-shirt recently and it looks great.

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