Some First Aid kits are a jumble of supplies, and you're constantly digging through them to find what you want. To make things easier on her, I decided to create a sort of "Binder", with individual pouches for various special needs. One will have gauze pads and bandages; another will have burn gel packets; another will have cotton balls... you get the idea. Of course, I had never seen a pattern for anything like this, but since when did that pose a problem?
I picked up some black cotton canvas at JoAnns, along with black sport mesh and some black double-fold bias tape. After a few hours of fiddling with details, I came up with a design that worked, and decided to share the project with you. The outer binder isn't done yet (that's tomorrow's project), but I've got some inside pouches done, and photographed the progress so I could do it as a tutorial.
For Each Pouch, you will need:
A piece of cotton canvas or duck, 13" x 19"
A piece of sport mesh, 13" x 9.5"
A 1" x 13" piece of fusible craft interfacing (such as Decor Bond)
One nylon zipper, 15" long
About 1 yard Extra-Wide Double-Fold Bias Tape
Three large eyelets (Dritz, 1/4" size)
Hanging File Folder Label Sleeves (optional)
Ready? Let's get started!
Lay your canvas on the table as indicated.
Draw three lines on the fabric to mark off one strip 13" x 2", two strips 13" x 3", and one piece 13" x 11".
Press the strips. Fold each strip in half lengthwise and press. Then fold each raw edge in 1/2". You will be left with one piece about 1/2" wide and two pieces about 1" wide.
On the large piece, fold the top edge under 1/2" and press.
If you're going to use the file folder label holders, now is the time to insert them. While the glue is setting, take a label sleeve and lay it inside the non-interfaced wide strip (Note: if you're making a bunch of these holders, make the strips in a batch so you can position the label sleeves properly). If you're not using a label holder, just edge-stitch the top edge of the strip with a normal stitch length.
Edge-stitch the top edge of the wider strip, using a longer stitch as you cross the plastic of the label sleeve. Edge-stitch the narrow strip to the mesh. You now have two pieces with the folds facing each other.
Position the two folded edges at the zipper teeth and, using a zipper foot, stitch the strips to the zipper tape.
Important!! Make sure the zipper pull is away from the edge of the piece before trimming the ends of the zipper tape!!
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment. This is the first time I've tried a real tutorial!