Saturday, 22 September 2012

Sewing for Humans: Stethoscope Cover

A bit of a digression from Makie-ness today, but I decided it's time to make something for myself again!

Us doctors are rather fond of our stethoscopes. They're an essential bit of kit for day-to-day work, and they get a fair bit of abuse.

Unfortunately, my previous model took rather too much abuse over the last 4 1/2 years, and has just ended up doing the above...
Yeah. Split. This means the acoustic is stuffed and I can't hear a thing. Not so good when you're trying to hear whether or not there's a pneumonia or heart murmur. It's happened because I tend to drape my tubes around my neck, where the lipids from my skin have reacted with the plastic and made it brittle.

So after a delve into the bank account for a new model (ouch), I've decided that a funky fabric solution is needed to avoid further splittage and financial distress.
If you've got a medic in your life, why not make them one of these? It's dead easy.

You will need:
  • Fabric strips 2.5" wide, 14" long. 
  • Needle and thread
  • Iron
  • Snap fasteners
A sewing machine is helpful.

First, gather your fabrics. These are from a Moda "Jelly Roll", which is a type of quilting collection. They're the perfect width for making stethoscope covers. 

With your trusty iron and without ironing your fingers, fold all the edges under 1/4" and press. 
Fold and iron.

Take a moment to get distracted by the squirrel attacking the bird feeder in the garden.
Naughty Squirrel
You are a squirrel, not a woodpecker. Note the bemused pigeon.

Sew around the edges. I find you get a neater finish if you do the long edges before the short edges. 
From sewing and snapping.

Grab a needle and thread, chuck something suitable on netflix and sew on your snaps. One on each end and one in the middle will do. 

Attach the cover to the stethoscope and go strut your stuff on the wards. When the fabric gets a bit grubby, just snap it off and sling it in the washing machine. 

1 comment:

  1. I like the minimalistic version of your stethoscope cover. I cannot see the pics and I am not really a sewer. Could you please give me more info? Do you sell these? HELP! from another nurse, Lisa