DIY medical supply roll

In honor of Rare Disease Day 2012, I thought I’d share a D.I.Y. post to help out people living with IV access and central lines!

I hate disorganized bags. And forgetting medical supplies when leaving the house. I often find myself digging through bags behind me in my wheelchair, trying to find a saline flush, heparin lock, alcohol pads or extra batteries.

Inspired by “crayon rolls” I thought I’d design a “med supply roll” to fill with flushes, alcohol pads & a spare battery! Just fill it up, roll it and take it with you!

  • 2 pieces of same fabric for outside and inside – 10″ x 22″ *
  • 1 piece of coordinating fabric for pocket – =10″ x 22″
  • 1 piece of interfacing for lining – 10″ x 22″ *
  • Disappearing ink fabric marker or pencil
  • Ribbon 24″ -36″
  • Ruler

 * measurements for 10ml flushes – if you only use 5ml flushes, 8″ x 22″ will work! 

1. Cut Fabrics as directed above.
2. Iron interfacing to “wrong side” of outside fabric following manufacturer directions.
3. Iron “pocket piece” in half longways and place the pocket against the “inside/lining piece” with rough edge lined up with bottom of lining.
4. Starting at the right, mark lines 2 inches apartfor flushes & batteries:

  • For the first one, mark it in 2.5″ instead to allow for seam allowance.
  • The final pocket on the left should be slightly bigger if you want to accommodate alcohol pads.

TIP: I did this on my ironing board, and poked pins in the right spots first to make sure  I spaced the pockets correctly before marking on the material! – then used the pins to pin it to the lining as I marked each pocket!

5. Pin pockets to lining.

6. Sew straight lines to attach pocket piece to lining & trim excess thread!
7. Take the ribbon and fold it in half. Sew the folded edge onto the center of the left side of your IV roll, with the ribbon facing the inside.

  • About Ribbon Size: If you want it to wrap twice around your roll use 36″ – otherwise 24″ will work for one time around!

8. Pin the outside/back piece on top – right sides facing each other as shown in photo #3.
9. Sew around the outside edge with 1/4″ seam – leaving a 2″opening on the right side (opposite side of the ribbon)which will be used later to flip it right side out! – NOTE: I left my opening starting just above my pocket.
10. Clip the corners diagonally to reduce “bulk” when turning it right side out. :)
11. Turn it right side out pulling through the opening from step #9

12.  Using a pointed (not sharp) object (ie: knitting needle/crochet hook, chopstick, dowel, etc), push the seams and corners out and iron it flat. Here, I used the Martha Stewart Bone Folder since its got a nice point and helped push the edges out. :)
13. Finally you top-stitch around the edges about 1/4″ in (which will also sew your hole from step #9 shut) – stitching close to the outer edge.

Fill it up with your supplies, roll it, tie the ribbon and you’re all done! :)

And, since it’s Rare Disease Awareness Day, I’m giving away my demo medical supply roll to ONE lucky winner! 
(giveaway closed)

NOTE: This tutorial is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. If you wish to make these to sell, I ask that at least $2 from each one made goes to benefit a medical-related charity!!! - If you plan to sell these, please contact me first! Thanks!



  1. says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! My daughter is TPN dependent – she has mitochondrial disease and Rett Syndrome – and this is perfect for supplies we need to have with us at all times – flushes, heparin, batteries, IV pain medications, alcohol pads, etc! Great great idea and I would LOVE to win one for her!

  2. Gayle says

    This would be a great to help keep everything together and in one place .. my plastic bags sometimes are missing something .. this you can roll out and see everything ! Great idea !!