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Old 12-06-2015, 11:06 AM
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Has anyone ever made a carry bag for a portable defibrillator? I am thinking it needs to be quilted and sort of look like a purse. My SIL has to wear one and I would love to make something for her to make it look less like a machine. It has a carry strap that goes over the shoulder like a purse. It is not very big but needs to made so the buttons are accessible. I have looked on line without success.

I hope someone knows of a pattern or can help me a bit with this.

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Old 12-06-2015, 01:01 PM
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Looks like there are several makes and models, all slightly different. I guess I would measure her unit and make an open tote. Here's a video on measuring and making a sewing machine cover. You can use this cover upside down for a basic bag, then add handles, and a ribbon to tie the top. As far as openings for the buttons, you have several options. You can just cut a hole in the appropriate place and bind the opening, or use an oversize curtain grommet. They come in different sizes and colors. Here's an example:
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Old 12-06-2015, 01:15 PM
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I've made bags for lots of different medical equipment, but not a defibrillator. My general approach is to keep it very simple, and basically use a standard bag or purse pattern, only customizing what needs to be changed. I never use complicated fastenings or ties as they can be downright dangerous when time is of the essence for access -- that's where velcro is a good thing. And in my experience, make one out of cheap muslin or prequilted fabric first to work out the kinks before using good fabrics.
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Old 12-06-2015, 01:35 PM
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Measure the piece of equipment adding a few inches so you can get it into the bag easily. You would most likely need to make the straps longer. I'd use batting and an inner lining. They're a few free patterns out there with a bottom on the bag, so it could sit upright. Use your specific measurements when adjusting the side of the bag. Hope some of that helped.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:54 AM
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Thanks for the help. I told my brother-in-law that the best I could do is to make a tote bag with very long strap that could be carried cross body as that is how hers is and recommended that he just take her shopping for a cross body bag so she could pick one she likes. I would have to shop for the materials and then make it and mail it so figure she will get it quicker this way.
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