As many of our long time readers know, my 12 year old, Jaci has type 1 diabetes. She started using an insulin pump about 5 months ago. An insulin pump is fantastic because instead of giving herself 6 injections a day, she only has to get one injection every 3 days.
Because she doesn’t make her own insulin, this pump gives her a constant drip of insulin. This does mean that this medical device has to be connected to her and worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the rest of her life.
Jaci has a t:slim pump. It’s compact, that is until you put the clip on it. Then it becomes a big bulky bulge and that’s when people look at her and ask, “is THAT a PAGER?!?!” <grin> I’m continually aware that it isn’t easy to be different from your friends when you’re a pre-teen. I was thankful to Miss Idaho for her recent bikini walk, sporting her own insulin pump.
Today I made Jaci a pump band. She’s been asking me for one for a while now and I’ve finally come up with a workable design that’s easy to make and comfy to wear. All you need is some swimsuit lining fabric (this can be purchased at your local chain fabric store), a measuring tape and a sewing machine.
I started by measuring Jaci’s waist. 28 inches! I cut my piece of fabric 25 inches wide X 6 inches tall. I eyed the height of her pump and it was approximately 2 to 2.5 inches tall – the swim fabric is so stretchy, I knew by cutting the fabric 6 inches tall, even with an envelope style opening, it would still stretch over the pump.
I started by finishing the top edge with a serger for aesthetic purposes then realized how unnecessary this step was. Finishing the edge does help a little bit as the fabric tends to want to roll but once the band is securely around you, the fabric doesn’t roll as much rendering this step only marginally useful. 😉
With right sides together, sew the short ends together forming a short tube.
Form the bottom of the envelope style opening by folding the bottom of the tube up approximately 1.5 inches and pin in place.
Now form the top of the pocket by taking the finished edge, folding it down so that it overlaps the bottom edge by 1 inch.
Remove the pins that are now in between the layers and place the pins through all 3 layers of your band.
“Stitch in the ditch” or back seam of the pump band and every 3 inches around the band. Initially, I didn’t do this and the band desperately wanted to come unfolded. This step creates handy little pockets around the band.
Ta-da! A comfortable and less bulky alternative to carrying around an insulin pump. Hope this helps some kiddos out there!