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This instructable shows you how to make a quick and easy insulin pump garter or "leg band." These are sold by insulin pump manufacturers, but often, they are hideous, scratchy, bulky, or only come in patterns for kids (baseball motifs, rainbow crayons, etc). I wanted to make one for myself that was soft, durable, and interesting. I hope you enjoy the instructions! This wide and streamlined version lies flat on your leg, and is very easy to make. You only have to sew four straight lines and cut a few things out! Have fun.

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FYI: Some Type 1 (Childhood Onset) Diabetics wear insulin pumps that give them a steady supply or "basal rate" of insulin 24 hours a day. For me, this technology improved my self-care regime tremendously. I've had my pump for 5 years and I love it. After years of multiple shots a day, it really makes life easier. In addition you can be more flexible about how you eat. If you are curious about insulin pumps or diabetes, check out
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Step 1: Materials Needed

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For this garter, you need very few materials. Scraps of fabric larger than your device and strong elastic will do it. For mine, I used great pieces from old costumes, as well as scraps collected from Purl Patchwork in Soho (a bargain! $5 for 8 very unique scraps!).

The materials needed include;

  • Good scissors
  • Strong Elastic that is at least 5cm thick and doesn't stretch out easily
  • A material for the cover/outside (note: this works like underwear; subtle colors if you want to hide it, bold colors if you are showing it off!)
  • A lining material (not entirely necessary but looks nice)
  • A fabric pencil
  • Your insulin pump or other device
EmilyGrow4 months ago

I will try this soon (I intend to). Very nice.

Also thinking to create a diabetes accessories tool belt. I do a lot of gardening and other stuff that gets me covered in muck or on an unexpected mission. A"tool belt" with places for my pump, meter, glucose tabs, extra insulin/syringes/alcohol swabs, travel sharps container, etc. would make changes in plan and clothes easier.

Since I have sensory integration problems as well (yes, the adhesives on the infusion sets drive me up the wall, though less so than MDIs) I will spend some time and care on choosing durable yet non-spikey materials for the project.

Anyone want to beat me to this, feel free!

FatCatAnna1 year ago
Hey there! I wrote a blog a few years ago at about a D-Mum who made these great thigh pump holders. I was lucky enough to have one made up for me - but sadly - lost it (I know - how could I lose my fav thing in the world when I want to look girly???). I've been trying to make up one similar - using my memory of what it looked like - but just now came across your "instructions" - and love your post. I'll be linking my latest blog post - with your article in it - so hopefully you'll get more T1D's coming to your page here! Look for me on FB / G+ / Twitter !!!
Zaii3 years ago
I was unable to find these on, only belts, bags, and such, no thigh ones. There were a few pouches designed for a flask that came up in search results for "insulin", but they didn't look all that functional or slim. I've got a friend who is unlikely to make one, but may enjoy it as a gift.
It's a good information for who have been diabetic to how to insulin injection.
Good job
Biggsy4 years ago
This is a fantastic idea, well done... I'm a type two diabetic... but I shall keep this in mind for some of the other Diabetics I know
Safanu4 years ago

thanks for the Idea I will be making one for my wife ! She loves her pump as it has made her life so much easier.

Thanks for this instructable!!!
caitlinsdad4 years ago
May I ask, can you go swimming with the device? I guess you can make it out of the various neoprene stretch materials for a more sportier utility.
shoster5 years ago
Thanks so much for the idea!!! My friend has a pump and has been wearing pants to all her firefighter banquets so she could attach her pump! I am def going to make her one of these! For that matter I could make one for me to put my cell phone and a few dollars in when I don't want to bring a purse!!!
avkrisnik5 years ago
This is great. I have been stashing my pump in the hip area of my boy-cut panties which also works but it does give me a big bulge in my hip. I am looking forward to trying this out!
swinding5 years ago
Amen, sistah! I love this because when I clip said pump to my looser-than-usual clothes I tend to have lower than low riders! Not so hot. This is a million-times cuter that that or the crappy, saggy garters you can buy for, like, $20!
dawnrager6 years ago
Thank you for sharing your how-to knowledge! I can't wait to try this for my pump. Thanks, Dawn
clevergirl7 years ago
Yay! Cool pump pack! Oh how nice to be able to be clever and stylish with our pumps! And way to raise awareness! Yippee!
kimchal (author)  clevergirl7 years ago
Thanks! Really, its so easy to make and since my belt clips kept getting caught and broken, works way better. Sundresses are also no long a problem!
clevergirl7 years ago
ps everyone- this is also a great way to stash a celphone, ID, lipstick, etc when you don't want to carry a purse... And you get to feel like a Bond girl whipping out your phone from your top secret stash!
snipegoat7 years ago
yay diabetis i myself am working on some diabetic supplies projects
kimchal (author)  snipegoat7 years ago
Can't wait to see them, Yay diabetics!
AlisonEtsy7 years ago
This is SUCH a good idea. I had no idea there were other options for insulin use! Wow!
VanessaEtsy7 years ago
You rock, Kim.
kimchal (author)  VanessaEtsy7 years ago
Gadda ge! I just found out that is 'thank you' in Ethiopian! You are rather inspiring yourself.