Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nurse shoulder tote/supply bag.

Good Morning! What a beautiful day it is here in north central Georgia. Not a cloud in this great big blue sky. The temps are in the 60s with a light breeze. What a day! Okay...now that we've had the weather report this is what I've been working on. 

As many of you know I'm a nurse, and a nurse needs to carry around supplies such as alcohol wipes, syringes, tape, pens, etc. I generally carry these items in my pockets and have to fumble through my pockets to find the items I need...not to mention my body feels loaded down with stuff. 

I was at my LQS recently and they had this oh so cute nurse fabric panels...of course I had to have some but at the time didn't know what I wanted to do with it. I was studying the fabric while sitting at my sewing machine and a light bulb went off...a pouch to carry all my nurse items in! This is what I came up with and it was a hit when I brought it to work.

This is one side of the pouch. It's as big as what the panel is.

This is the other side. I did some deco stitching around 
   picture which made it look like a separate panel from the background panel fabric. Then I added a long black webbing shoulder strap that could be worn around my neck and arm and hung to about my waist.

I attached both sides with a one inch strip of black fabric.

Oh..of course I lined it too.

Findings after testing it at work:
  1. It needs some small inside pockets to hold my alcohol wipes and smaller items. I found I was fumbling through the bag to get my small items which of course went to the bottom under the tape.
  2. It can be slightly wider. My black side strip needs to be about another inch wider.
  3. Strap needs to be adjustable. I just need to find out where to get the plastic adjustable thingie to run the webbing though.
It was a hit at work. I had lots of compliments on it. Then I realized..wait a minute..it doesn't just have to be a nurse on it...I can embroider anything on fabric cut to width and make my own panels! More to come on that idea!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is as beautiful as mine is. Happy Living! Happy Quilting!

DeAnna S.


  1. Love your nurse bag! Who makes the fabric? I would dearly love to purchase some!

  2. I love that fabric, it's fun! The bag looks great. I like how you stitched the decorative stitches around the white area making it look demensional!

  3. Fun Fun Fun! I like how you ran the ideas by yourself and improved on them as you went!


  4. What a great bag! My sister is a PA...I'm wondering what kinds of things she might need in her bag. :) blessings, marlene

  5. Very clever! Cute nurse fabric too!

  6. I love what you did with the Loralie Nurse Central panels. So cute and so handy too! I, also, work at a hospital ( not a nurse,but an X-ray tech). I have the same panel and had thought about making some nurse totes but now I'm thinking again. Loralie designs make many pans and I confess I have become an addict! I have the teachers, hairdressers, breast cancer survivors, and sewing panels besides the nurses! Now if she would make an X-ray panel I would think I died and went to heaven!

  7. Hi Deanna: That's a wonderful panel print and a great idea on how to use it. Thanks for sharing. Kathie, in Odessa, WA