Wiggly Bags

Wiggly BagsWould you like to make a Wiggly Bag for a child with a Hickman Line?

A Hickman line, used in hospitals, is a very thin tube which delivers medicine directly into the vein of someone who is very unwell and needs ongoing medicine.

So, I hear you ask, ‘What are Wiggly Bags?’

They are little bags attached to ribbons or tapes, and are used by children to hold the Hickman Lines. They are worn around the neck which lets the line rest in them, taking the weight, stopping the lines from getting tugged and keeping them clean. This can help prevent the need for lines falling or being accidentally pulled out, which can be painful.

Have a look at this website http://wiggly-bags.yolasite.com/how-to-make-wiggly-bags.php which shows some pictures and instructions. However here is the basic way to make them:

  • Cut two pieces of bright/cheerful/fun fabric approximately 11cm x 11cm. (cotton fabric is best)
  • Fold over 1cm at the top of both pieces, press and top stitch in place.
  • Place right sides together with the stitched sides at the top.
  • Stitch around the three sides and finish securely.
  • Turn to the right side and stitch two lengths of cotton tape or ribbon to the back of the fabric (on the inside) at the top of the bag.
  • Topstitch a seam around the three right sides.
  • Finished size should be approx 10cm square.

Please ask a grown-up for help if you are using scissors or ironing your fabric

You could embroider them with extra stitches if you like. You may like to make one (or more) on your own or maybe, if you belong to a Young Embroiderers group, you could all make one with your Group Leader's agreement.

Wouldn't it be great to make something that would make a small but important difference to a child who is having a difficult time?

When you have made your Wiggly Bag(s), please send it to Muriel Campbell, Embroiderers' Guild, Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2QP and it will be passed on to a hospital.