I am always on the hunt for out-of-the-ordinary gift ideas to serve as stocking-stuffers for family members, or unique gifts for teachers, friends, and neighbors. These Portable First-Aid Kit Rolls are the perfect combination of function and style, as essential first-aid supplies are stowed away in an attractive fabric organizer, complete with a feminine bow. Tucked in a glove box, brief case, diaper bag or gym bag, this is one gift that is sure to come in handy!
Best of all, the rolls come together in no time flat, and they require such a small amount of fabric and other supplies that you might very well have all you need to make one already in your stash. Let me show you how it’s done!
To make this portable first-aid roll, you will need…
- Fabric in two coordinating patterns
- Light-weight fusible interfacing
- Coordinating thread
- Washable ink marker
- Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, etc.
- Rotary cutter and mat (optional, but recommended)
- First aid supplies (see below for details on where I purchased all of the supplies for my kit)
- 1 outer piece, 1 main inner piece and 1 piece of interfacing that are each 6×11″
- 1 pocket piece that is 13×11″
- 2 pieces of ribbon that are 16-18″
Fold up the opposite edge 4″; press. (The raw edges of each folded section should just meet.)
Now, fold the 2.5″ section up and over the 4″ section, as shown. Press. It’s looking like we’ve got the makings of a pocket!
Grab your washable ink marker, and make a set of marks 2″ from the left edge of the narrow (2.5″) section of your pocket. Position the marks so that one is toward the top of the section and the other is closer to the bottom, as shown.
Make another set of marks 1.75″ from the first set. Make 4 additional sets of marks in the same manner, leaving 1.75″ between each set. There should be 2″ between the last set of marks and the right-hand side of your pocket piece.
Use your ruler to draw lines to connect each pair of marks. You will have 5 lines total, which will divide your pocket piece into 6 sections.
Now, use your ruler to lengthen the 2nd and 4th marks so that they extend onto the wider flap of your pocket piece, as well.
Open up your pocket piece. Edge stitch along both of the folded edges.
Refold the pocket piece so that the narrow flap is once again on top of the wider flap. Stitch down the 1st, 3rd and 5th lines from the top to the bottom of the narrow flap, using the lines you drew earlier as your guide.
Place the main inner piece face up on your work surface. Position your pocket piece on top of the main inner piece so that the bottom edge of the pocket piece is 1/2″ from the lower edge of the main inner piece. Pin. Edgestitch along the lower edge of the pocket piece to secure it to the main inner piece.
Now, stitch along the 2nd and 4th lines on your pocket piece, from the very top of the pocket (including the wider flap portion) to the very bottom, as shown.
Stack your ribbon pieces, right sides facing, and pin them to the right edge of your inner piece. Baste 1/8″ from the edge to anchor them in place. Pin the tails of your ribbon pieces at the center of the piece, as shown, to keep them out of the way in the next step.
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of your outer piece.
Place the inside piece face up on your work surface. Place the outside piece face down on top of the inside piece, so that the right sides of each are facing. Pin.
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch around the perimeter of the joined pieces, leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom for turning. Snip corners and turn. Helpful hint: Remove the pin anchoring your ribbon strands and gently pull the ribbon through the opening to help you with this process.
Press the assembled organizer flat before edgestitching around the perimeter of the piece, closing the 3″ opening you used for turning as you go.
You are finished!
The pretty, feminine appearance of this roll…
…belies the fact that it is a veritable first-aid command center for on the go!
I filled my kit with the following first-aid supplies, all of which I purchased at Walmart:
- Gauze squares, alcohol wipes, band-aids (All of these items came in a first-aid kit I found in the travel section for $1)
- Pocket-size Kleenex
- Antibiotic ointment
- A lollipop (Because anyone knows a lollipop can make even some of the worst boo-boos feel better.)
For another unique organizer project, also check out my Portable Mani/Pedi Kit Tutorial.
Please remember that all of my patterns are for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not use this pattern to make items to sell, but you can feel free to use it to make as many gifts as you like. Thank you!
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