As you may know, my daughter has a lot of food allergies.
That means we have to carry her epi-pen and Benadryl with us wherever we go.
Shortly after I found out about my daughter’s allergies, I joined the No Nuts Moms group on Facebook. They are a really informed allergy support group. One of the articles they shared when I first joined was about how to properly store your epi-pen, which I was doing completely wrong! Yikes!
The article talked about keeping the epi-pen in a padded, insulated case so that it wouldn’t get too hot or cold or too banged up while we are on the go. Instead of buying one of the recommended cases, in true DIY mom fashion, I of course decided to make my own. :)
I grabbed the red zipper from my Go To Sew Mystery Box and designed a simple epi-pen case and free pattern to share!
I wanted it to be only big enough to house an epi-pen, a bottle of benydryl and a medicine syringe. I also wanted it to scream, “This is for a first aid emergency!” so that if someone else needed to retrieve the epi-pen from my bottomless pit of a diaper bag, they would be able to spot it immediately. :)
Here’s how to make one…
1/4 yard red duck cloth
1/4 yard cotton lining material
1/4 yard Insul-Bright (batting used for oven mitts and insulated lunch sacks)
a scrap of white felt
a red 12″ (or longer) zipper (should be about 1 3/8 inches wide)
*Seam allowance is 3/8 of an inch unless otherwise noted.
PREPARE YOUR BAG PIECES
1. First, print up the free pattern found HERE.
2. Cut all your pieces.
Two bag pieces for each your main fabric (duck cloth), lining and insulated batting.
One 12.5 x 2.25 inch strip of each your main, lining, and batting.
Two strips 10.5 x 1.25 inches of your main and lining fabric.
One First Aid cross cut from white felt (not pictured).
3. Top-stitch your white felt cross to the outside of one of your main fabric bag pieces. Felt doesn’t fray, so all you need to do is just sew close to the edge.
4. Now sew your smaller strips to the zipper. Put one strip’s long edge up to the outside edge of your zipper (right sides together) overlapping it 3/8 of an inch past the zipper stop, and sew. Repeat with the other side.
5. Fold the strips over so they are right sides facing up and press with a hot iron. Top-stitch the strips down close to the folded edges. Zip the zipper back up and trim away an excess zipper length.
6. Take the larger main fabric strip and pin it (right sides together) to the zipper strip by the short ends only. The zipper strip should now be the same exact width as the wider main strip. Sew the short ends to each other, thus creating a loop. Top-stitch the seam allowance next to the zipper at the short ends so it lays nice and flat.
ASSEMBLE THE OUTER BAG
7. You are now ready to assemble the outer bag. Mark the mid points on the main bag pieces and the zipper loop. Pin the loop as evenly as possible to one of the main bag pieces.
8. Sew all the way around.
9. Open the zipper just a little bit and pin the other main bag piece to the other side of the zipper loop.
10. Sew all the way around – slowly.
Now clip notches at all the curved seams and trim down the seam allowance to about 1/4 inch. Turn it right side out and smooth out the seams with your fingers, turn it back inside out and cut more notches as needed.
I honestly feel I could have spent more time on this step and believe that my project ending up not looking as crisp because I rushed it. So, I recommend taking your time and clipping lots of notches so that it will turn right side out more neatly.
Now you’re read you sew your lining!
PREPARE BAG LINING
11. Sew your batting to your lining pieces. I chose to sew with a zig zag stitch close to the edge, but it won’t show in the final product, so this is up to you. Just make sure it’s close to the edge and not at the normal 3/8 inch seam allowance.
12. Take your small lining strips, fold one long edge down 3/8 inch, and press with a hot iron.
13. Sew the smaller strips to the larger lining strip. Line the outside, unfolded edge up with the outside of the larger strip. There should be a gap between the smaller strips’ folded edges. Sew short ends together only.
14. Assemble the lining/batting bag in the same way you sewed the outer bag. You do not need to worry about cutting notches here though, because you will not be turning the lining inside out.
JOIN OUTER BAG AND BAG LINING
15. Insert the lining into the outer bag.
16. Blind stitch the folded edge of the bag liner to the zippered portion of the outer bag.
An insulated, padded bag that’s easy to grab and store for wherever you’re going!
*Remember, if you are going to be out in the direct heat all day, keep this bag in a dark place, or place in a cooler chest close to the lid and away from the ice. You don’t want to refrigerate it, but you want it to stay as close to room temperature as possible.