Introduction: Floral Arm Sling

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My girlfriend broke her elbow jumping off the local bouldering wall. The hospital gave her a sling, however she had a wedding to attend the next day and next week so needed something a little more fashionable.

A quick search gave several sellers of very pretty slings however none would arrive in time so some improvisation was required.

I found an excellent outline at:

However it didn't have a clear pattern so I began measuring...

Step 1: Plan and Measure

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1. First make sure you model has wine and chocolate, this is apparently better than pain killers(?).

2. Measure the limb to sling.
    - I used a height of 340mm and a length of 350mm (some of this length and height is 'lost' to the curves).
    - Once the material was marked out I pinned it and refit it to my model to check all was well.

3.  Cut material roughly to size.
    - I pinned two sheets of material face to face (inside-out) and cut out the rounded rectangle to use, leaving ~10mm around for the edge seam.

Step 2: Sew

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1. Sew along your lines.
    - My two material sheets were pinned face-to-face, so the sling was "inside-out", once three edges were sewn I turned it the correct way round and ironed it.

2. Sew the back edge
    - I tucked and pinned the back edge tidy then folded the sling in half, this meant the final seam turned the sheet into a sling shape.

Step 3: Straps

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1.  Wrist strap
    - The first strap over the wrist area was sewn onto both sides of the sling and had a metal D ring.

2. Back to front strap
    - This strap runs from the back of the elbow around the back of the wearer and over the opposite shoulder.
    - It's looped through the wrist strap D ring and adjusted with a slidey thing.

Step 4: Neck Strap

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1. Neck strap
    - As wearing a sling is probably not very comfortable the back of the neck was padded.
    - I used dish sponges with the brillo pad pulled off.
    - Sew a tube inside out, invert and stuff with foam.
    - Slide onto back strap and sew up the ends
        - Make sure the foam is bellow the strap.

Step 5: Finish

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Step 6: Further Itterations

Although the current sling is fit for purpose there are a couple of improvements which may be of use:

- Second strap
     Currently with a single strap the sling can rotate (wrist slip down), this isn't an issue for an elbow but may not be as good for a wrist etc. A solution could be to use a second strap around the neck.

- Mobile phone pocket
     Because it takes a little longer to retrieve phones when one handed it may be easier to keep it tucked safely inside the sling.


clewis21 (author)2012-06-28

Your friend is lucky to have someone who knows first aid survival skills!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-06-22

Awesome! No reason functional cannot also be fashionable!

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