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Easy ways to make scrubs your own

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If your workplace insists on solid colored scrubs, there’s still a way to make your uniform collection more stylish and fun.

With just a few simple appliqués (for just a few dollars!) on your scrubs and accessories, you’ll be wearing scrubs that are uniquely yours.

From sports team logos to cartoon characters, there’s a wide array of iron-on patches for every personality. There’s no need to know how to sew. Just follow the directions on the package and iron them onto your uniform in minutes.

Tip: Use them on solid-color uniforms so the patches will stand out.

Here are some ideas:

Patches for Female Nurses
Animal patches
Flower patches
Fashion patches
Twilight patches
Lace collars
Decorative buttons

Patches for Male Nurses
Harley-Davidson patches
Transformer patches
Sports Team patches
Spidey Sense patches

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Katie Sparks

Katie Sparks has been a renowned television show costume designer for 22 years. Her credits include Just Shoot Me and Arrested Development. She received a nomination from the Costume Designers Guild for excellent costume design for Arrested Development. Katie writes, "For the last year and a half, I have been freelance writing for the Palisades Post. I loved the TV business, but writing gives me the flexibility I need to raise my daughter. Writing for the Post has been great, but I haven’t been able to use my expertise in fashion. Writing for Scrubs gives me the opportunity to write and give fashion tips! A perfect combo."
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10 Responses to Easy ways to make scrubs your own

  1. Alan

    What a great idea to individualize scrubs. But I think I will pass on the Spiderman and Sports Teams. Aren’t men allowed to like other things besides cars and guns?

  2. erin

    When you are told PLAIN SCRUBS, DONT THEY MEAN PLAIN SCRUBS, THEY DIDNT SAY OH SURE DECORATE WITH 50 PATCHES AND BUTTONS ALL OVER OR LACE IN THE PLACE OF THE SCRUBS. THE INSTRUCTIONS I TAKE AS A NAME TAG ON A PAIR OF PLAIN COLORED SCRUBS THAT ARE NEAT CLEAN AND PRESSED, PERSONALLY I STARCH MINE THEY LOOK NICER.
    TO ME PLAIN IS PLAIN. ALTHOUGH U MAY THINK IT’S BORING BUT, A LITTLE MAKE-UP AND FIX YOUR HAIR IT TOOK ME ALL OF 15-20 MIN. AND I AM BEAUTIFUL. LIKE MODEL BEAUTIFUL, I WAS CARDED AND I am…. my secret you try and guess.

  3. StudentRN

    geez Erin, need xanax much?

  4. Leeann

    I think I’d just follow the hospital’s dress code, and make my patients/coworkers remember my personality.

  5. Karen

    Our clinic is new to scrubs.
    we are mandated plain scrubs. No patches, we can not even have the name of our employer or our division on our scrubs. (it has been suggested that management is ashamed of us) We can wear black, gray or white tanks or tees under the scrubs it we are cold natured. I am looking for some way to fasten my badge on to the top. I do not like things hanging around my neck and the little clips I have found either are pointed the wrong way or do not clip tight and then badge falls off. any ideas. maybe a sourse for a pin that the badge attaches on.

  6. Carrie

    I work as a Certified Medical Assistant in a multi-disciplinary, multi-physician practice. I am blessed that our practice allows us to wear our choice of scrubs.

    When I first started working at the practice I didn’t have a name tag. For a long time. Being a crafty person, one day at lunch, I went to the craft store and picked up a few things and designed my own.

    I no longer remember which of my large name-tag collection was the first, yet I now have tags in the shapes of a firefly, butterflies, sandals, frogs — and many others.

    It’s amazing what a little pre-cut, pre-painted piece of wood, stick on letters and gems can do when put together!!

  7. Kathy

    As an OB nurse, we have to wear hospital provided scrubs and change at work-not sure why??? All the dirty visitors hold babies and run around in the birthing rooms. Anyway off of that soapbox, I don’t think as adults we need to be told what color and what kind of scrubs we can wear as long as you are neat and clean. Patients love the colors and prints! You might hear one “little ole lady” a year who thinks we all should still wear white.

  8. Lorena

    My badge clip just broke the other day at the end of my shift. Of course I had to come back in the morning, so no time for shopping. I just put a safety pin on my scrub shirt, and threaded a cute ribbon through the hole in my badge. I made the ribbon long enough, and just tied it to the pin. It was easy to untie (to use my badge for med admin and swipping in the cafe for lunch) and retie as needed.

  9. I make cute name tag holders and sell on etsy if anyone is interested.Here is my shop on etsy. You can also find me on facebook Suzy’s Beads, Etc.
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/suzy89

  10. Sammy

    Just another view:

    Uniforms are called “uniforms” because they are u-n-i-f-o-r-m. There are many and varied reasons why employers require employees to wear uniforms. Professionalism is only one reason, but it’s a big one.

    Expressing one’s individuality and personality through uniform decoration or extreme hair and makeup (blech, seen that – it scares some patients!) is unprofessional.

    Personality is expressed through many facets such as our behavior, tone of voice, facial expressions, one-on-one interactions with patients, families and staff.

    Bottom line: employers pay employees. Employers make the rules of what to wear. No big deal. Even Hooters has strict uniform policies…