This DIY first aid kit is the best way to make sure you are prepared if anything goes amiss while working on your favorite craft projects!
When my friends at the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS™ program approached me about working on a craft project with them, I knew immediately that I wanted to share the DIY first aid kit that I keep in my crafting and styling bag and bring it with me everywhere I go. I can't tell you how often it's come in handy!
I love to craft, I do it almost every day! I’ve been known to burn myself on my trusty old hot glue gun or cut myself with a craft knife from time to time. To help with the unexpected accidents that always come up while crafting, I created this roll-up first aid kit. It’s modeled on the roll-up knife holders that chefs use to transport their blades. My kit is really easy to make and I always keep it handy wherever I’m crafting -- both at home and on the road. I keep it in my tool kit with hammers, hot glue guns and other craft supplies so it’s within reach whenever a problem arises.
You will need:
- 16"x7" piece of canvas or heavy linen fabric
- 16"x7" piece of thin cotton fabric
- 7 " thin elastic band
- sewing machine
- fabric scissors
- pinking shears
- 20" ribbon
Suggested first aid complement to fill your kit:
NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Cream -- this is a MUST! We didn't have this in Norway and I have loved it since coming to the US!
BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages -- I always try to have various sizes and sometimes like to get the ones with fun designs on them!
BENGAY® -- In case you lift something too heavy or find that you have sore muscles from being in a tense position.
- Place your two pieces of fabric on top of each other with the right sides facing one another.
- Use pins to keep your fabric in place.
- Sew the fabric together at one of the short ends.
- Fold the thin cotton fabric over so that you have a nice seam connecting your cotton and your canvas.
- Pin your elastic in place down the middle of the right side of your cotton fabric. Stitch your elastic to the cotton on both ends to secure. And then stitch down the elastic at three more points along the length of the elastic to make “compartments” for all of your first aid products.
- Stitch down the elastic at three more points along the length of the elastic to make "compartments" for all your first aid products.
- Once your elastic is secured, fold over your fabrics so that the right sides are facing out.
- Fold the end of the rectangle with the seam over onto itself to create a pocket, mine is 4 inches deep. Secure the edges of your pocket with pins.
- Next, sew all the way around your kit securing the two pieces of fabric together.
- Remember to leave about 1/2 inch of space between the edge of your rectangle and your stitching so that you can cut your edges in the next step.
- Use a pair of pinking shears to cut all the raw edges and give a nice finished look to all sides of your kit.
- Fill the compartments with your first aid products and roll up and tie with a ribbon.
- You're now ready for any first aid issues that might arise!
Pinking Shears are a great tool to use for fabrics or paper. You can cut the edges of a fabric and they will not fray. Also, choose a thicker cotton canvas or linen for the outside layer and the inside layer can be a thinner cotton -- mine is a pretty patterned Liberty fabric.
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