Back in April I did a post with a brief little history about hospital scrubs. Curious, I know, but I actually thought that it was quite interesting! What I didn't know at the time, however, was that the woman that founded the company that I highlighted (Blue Sky Scrubs) is essentially a crafting entrepreneur. There's a new look to the website and while I was browsing around, I discovered that little tidbit.
Shelby Marquardt was an anesthesiology resident at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas when she created the Pony Scrub Hat in her living room out of necessity. She spent much of her time in the operating room and she found that the traditional scrub hats were unattractive and ill-fitting, especially for her long hair.
"After cutting, sewing and altering the hat numerous times, she finally perfected the pattern—a sleek, slim-fitting cap with a ribbon-tied pouch that neatly ties back a short or a long ponytail. Once she started wearing the hat to work, her co-workers clamored for their own Pony scrub hats, and she began spending her weekends sewing."
She even went so far as to create the Pixie Scrub Hat for women with shorter hair, a scrub hat for men, and even improved upon the traditional scrub top & bottom design.
It gets even better. Not only is this a great story of a crafty entrepreneur, but she has also made a commitment to give back. With every purchase, Project Blue Sky will send a free hat to a cancer patient. Their mission is to provide a small ray of light to those striving to beat this disease.
I've never worn medical scrubs before but if I were going to, I think I would try Blue Sky Scrubs in order to support what started as a handmade business and to support their charitable mission.