Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday

Well, this past spring, Katia broke her arm. She was really wanting a sling, because her cousin had used one when he broke his arm. So, we went to the medical supply store in search of one. We found one, but it had (bleck) dinosaurs on it. So, after checking online (and seeing outrageous prices), I decided to make one for her.
It was only used a few times by her, but she will still pull it out of her drawer and play with it. Then when her baby sister broke her arm (trying to use the rope ladder in the fort), she said that she could use it when she had a cast on.

So, here is how we did it:

1/2 yard of fabric (we chose princess, of course)
package of rectangular rings
a sheet of felt
package of matching velcro (yes, pink)
matching bias tape (uh huh, pink)
2 yards of matching webbing (pink again)

I checked out the dimensions on one website, and shrunk it down to fit her arm.

Then I found the center of the piece of fabric, and folded it in fourths. I then cut (all four layers as one) the basic shape of the sling.
The elbow is the center fold.

Like this picture (only folded in half).

Then fold it back over and sew the elbow from the top to the bottom, curving slightly the bottom in an inch.

Sew the bias tape according to the directions around the whole unfinished edge of the sling.

Cut three 6 inch pieces of webbing. Get a rectangular ring, slip a piece of webbing through, and fold the ends down about 3/4 of an inch towards the center. Place one at the top back of the elbow (where it was stitched first) and zig zag 3 or 4 rows to secure.
Repeat this step at the front (where the wrist will rest) one on the front, and one in the back.

Now get the felt, fold it in half, and cut a rounded rectangle. This one has been unfolded. Then cut slits (arrows are pointing to the positions) on the four ends, matching front and back.

Take the remaining webbing, fold one end down 1 and 1/2 inches, feeding it through the ring at the elbow. Zig-zag stitch 3 to 4 times.

Feed the webbing through the slits in the felt shoulder pad (folded in half). Cut about a foot of velcro and sew one side on top of the free end of the webbing. Then, leaving about 4 to 6 inches of webbing, sew the other side of the velcro to the webbing on the same side as before.

Now thread the webbing through the rings at the front. Secure with the velcro, adjusting to fit well. Here is your finished product:

Much more girlie than dinosaurs! Pin It


Jocelyn Christensen said...

How cute! I hope I never have to make one of these though! :)

Jami said...

Love the tutorial! Keeping my fingers crossed that I won't need it anytime soon!



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