How To Sew A Portable First Aid Kit

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As a mom myself, having a first aid kit readily available is imperative. Today on Beginner Sewing Projects, I’m going to show you How To Sew A Portable First Aid Kit! These portable first aid kits are not only perfect to have around the house and in the car, but they also make great gifts for teachers and first-time moms. This is a simple sewing project that anyone can make. You can make this in about half an hour and it will hold the essential supplies you need. I put some stuff in mine to treat minor cuts and scraps, along with some allergy medication and other medication. Any beginner sewist can make this project and this is a fun one to do. You can also use this for other small items if you need or want. I used some cute print fabric and I think it turned out so cute. You’ll only need a few supplies for this project, which means you’ll be able to put it together for rather cheap. You’ll need some fabric, preferably woven. You’ll need some main fabric and some to use a coordinating fabric. You’ll also need some interfacing to give your first aid kit some structure.

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You’ll also need some matching thread, ribbon, and some normal sewing supplies like clips, scissors, an iron, and a washable marker. Gather up all your supplies from the list below and let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

first aid kit supplies

How To Sew A Portable First Aid Kit

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Step 1: Cut Fabric

To start this how to sew a portable first aid kit sewing tutorial, you will cut each of the fabric pieces. Cut the following pieces with the listed measurements:

  • Main woven fabric cut TWO 6” x 11”
  • Lightweight interfacing cut 6” x 11”
  • Coordinating woven fabric for a pocket piece cut 13” x 11” 
  • Two pieces of ribbon each cut 17” 

Step 2: Constructing the Pocket

Now that we have our fabric pieces cut out, we can start putting this first aid kit together. Start by placing the coordinating woven fabric, which will be the pocket, down on your workspace. If the fabric has a pattern, it should be facing down.  

Next, fold up one of the shorter sides 2.5” and press. 

Fold up the other short edge by 4” and press. If done correctly, then the two folds should meet without overlapping. 

To form the pocket, you will once again fold over the 2.5” section onto the 4” section. 

Step 3: Marking the pocket

Next on this portable first aid kit sewing tutorial, take your washable ink marker and mark 2” from the left. You should mark at two points on the 2.5” fold so that you can navigate a straight line. 

Next, mark 1.75” from the first mark. Continue marking FOUR more that are 1.75” from the previous. If done correctly, you should end with 2” at the very end like you had in the beginning. 

Use a ruler to draw the lines. These will be the lines that you sew later. You should have five altogether. Each line should just be on the pocket part except for the 2nd and 4th line, which should continue all the way up past the pocket to the very top. 

Step 4: Sewing the Pocket stitches

First, start by topstitching the top of the outer pocket and the top of the inner pocket. You will do this by opening the fold. 

Fold the pocket over again, and stitch the 1st, 3rd, and 5th line that you drew. 

Step 5: Attach Pocket to Main Piece

Next, take one of the main pieces and place it on your workspace with pattern side up. Place the pocket piece on top of the main piece a ½” above the bottom of the main piece. Stitch one row on the bottom of the pocket to hold onto the main piece. 

After, stitch down the 2nd and 4th row that you marked in step 3. 

Step 6: Attach Ribbons

Take the TWO ribbon pieces and place ribbons right sides together. 

Place the ends of the ribbons in the middle of the right side. Sew a straight stitch to keep the ribbon in place along the side of the main piece. You may want to pin the extra pieces of the ribbon to the center of the pocket piece, so it is out of the way for the next step.

Step 7: Construct the Final Pieces

Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer piece of the main fabric. 

Place the outer piece on top of the pocket piece right sides together. Pin or clip around the edge. 

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Sew a straight stitch around the entire piece using a ¼” seam allowance. Leave about a 3” gap around the edge so that you can flip the fabric right side out. 

Snip the four corners and then pull the fabric right side out. 

Finish the piece by topstitching around all four sides. Be sure to fold the fabric of the opening inside and close the opening when topstitching. 

And that is it! Now you know how to sew a portable first aid kit! You can now fill your First Aid Kit with all the first aid goodies! To close, simply roll the kit starting at the left side and then tie it using the ribbon. 

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How To Sew A Portable First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit Create Card
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $4.50

Instructions

  1. To start, you will cut each of the fabric pieces. Cut two pieces of Main woven fabric cut  6” x 11”, one piece of lightweight interfacing cut 6” x 11”, one coordinating woven fabric for pocket piece cut 13” x 11”, and two pieces of ribbon each cut 17”. 
  2. To construct the first aid kit, start by placing the coordinating woven fabric, which will be the pocket, down on your workspace. If the fabric has a pattern, it should be facing down.  
  3. Next, fold up one of the shorter sides 2.5” and press. 
  4. Fold up the other short edge by 4” and press. If done correctly, then the two folds should meet without overlapping. 
  5. To form the pocket, you will once again fold over the 2.5” section onto the 4” section. 
  6. Take your washable ink marker and mark 2” from the left. You should mark at two points on the 2.5” fold so that you can navigate a straight line. 
  7. Next, mark 1.75” from the first mark. Continue marking FOUR more that are 1.75” from the previous. If done correctly, you should end with 2” at the very end like you had in the beginning. 
  8. Use a ruler to draw the lines. These will be the lines that you sew later. You should have five altogether. 
  9. Each line should just be on the pocket part except for the 2nd and 4th line, which should continue all the way up past the pocket to the very top. 
  10. First, start by topstitching the top of the outer pocket and the top of the inner pocket. You will do this by opening the fold. 
  11. Fold the pocket over again, and stitch the 1st, 3rd, and 5th line that you drew. 
  12. Next, take one of the main pieces and place it on your workspace with pattern side up. Place the pocket piece on top of the main piece a ½” above the bottom of the main piece. Stitch one row on the bottom of the pocket to hold onto the main piece. 
  13. After, stitch down the 2nd and 4th row that you marked in step 3. 
  14. Take the TWO ribbon pieces and place ribbons right sides together. 
  15. Place the ends of the ribbons in the middle of the right side. Sew a straight stitch to keep ribbon in place along the side of the main piece. 
  16. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer piece of the main fabric. 
  17. Place the outer piece on top of the pocket piece right sides together. Pin or clip around the edge. 
  18. Sew a straight stitch around the entire piece using a ¼” seam allowance. Leave about a 3” gap around the edge so that you can flip the fabric right side out. 
  19. Snip the four corners and then pull the fabric right side out. 
  20. Finish the piece by topstitching around all four sides. Be sure to fold the fabric of the opening inside and close the opening when topstitching. 
  21. Enjoy

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