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Make and donate scrubs – all you need to know

Updated: Feb 8

Mildmay's Dietitian Zoe in donated, handmade scrubs

We are so touched by the kindness and generosity of people giving their time to make clinical garments for our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PPE is in short supply, and these volunteer seamstresses (and seamsters?) have been a real lifeline.

We are very grateful for any 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 carefully.


  1. ​3.5 metres of material needed per set of scrubs (with a good layout this could be 3 metres).

  2. Fabric should be 115gsm as a minimum, 130gsm is better, but 240gsm is too heavy.

  3. Please avoid 100 per cent cotton. Either 65/35, 80/20, 50/50 polyester/cotton is appropriate.

  4. The plainer the material the better – patterned material is harder to inspect for staining/damage.

  5. V neck or square aperture opening neck with ample opening space to fit over headwear, ponytails, buns etc.

  6. Cotton tape waist drawstring rather than elastic.

  7. For trousers we require patch pockets, not inset side seem pockets.​


For ideas, you can follow this pattern (links to Google Drive).

How to deliver completed garments

Please drop off garments to the reception desk at Mildmay Hospital, 19 Tabernacle Gardens, London E2 7DZ.

Donations can be received between the hours of 9am and 4pm, Monday to Sunday.

It would be a good idea to call and let us know you are coming: 020 7613 6300


If you have any questions, please email


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