Back in May when my daughter broke her arm, we knew that she was going to be “out of commission” for awhile. We had to wait a week after surgery to even get a real cast. The hospital had sent us home with one of those boring blue arm slings and while it was practical and all, we needed FABULOUS. Turns out, casts are hard on clothing. They snag everything. So even with her cast she continued to wear a sling to protect her clothes.
She is my only girl. Blue is boring. Especially when you are a girl. (sure, she’s smiling in the photo, but she was on copious amounts of painkiller.)
As soon as we got home, I set out to remedy the situation. I traced a pattern from the existing sling and measured the length of the straps. I let her pick out her favorite fabrics and we got to work!
- 1 fat quarter of fabric (just over 1/4 yd.)
- 1 package Extra Wide Double Fold bias tape (about 3 yards)
- 30 inches of nylon webbing (might as well get a yard of it, just to be safe)
- 1 heavy duty plastic clasp
Fold fabric in half and place the bottom of the sling pattern along the fold. Pin it and cut it out.
Sew a straight stitch up the back of the piece (where the elbow will be) to create the sling shape.
Next use the bias tape (and a ghetto-fabulous sewing machine like mine) to cover the unfinished edge all the way around the fabric.
Cut the nylon webbing to the size you need (I measured the lengths from the original sling).
Attach the straps and don’t forget to thread one piece of the the clasp through the front strap loop before attaching it completely.
The slings took less than an hour each to make. Once they were finished, we hand stitched some buttons to the front for decoration. Oh, and the straps can get itchy so we also made a padded rectangle that slides onto the strap to protect her neck.
If these directions are a bit vague, it’s because I really just looked at the original and copied it. Hopefully the cheesy diagram above helps a little.
So basically, with some fabric, bias tape and nylon webbing the world was now a much brighter place.
Breaking your arm stinks. But when you can wear one of these fabulous arm slings it’s not quite so bad! How do I know this? In September of last year I ended up in an ugly generic arm sling and single handedly (literally) stitched this up.
It totally made me feel better about the situation. Really.