How-To: Fashionably Accessorize Your Insulin Pump

Craft & Design

Jessica Floeh writes in about her inspiring, empowering, and very well-documented insulin pump accessorizing project, Hanky Pancreas:

I am Jessica Floeh , a Type 1 Diabetic designer working on ways to make the insulin pump into a positive conversation piece and ultimately a fashion statement. I wanted to share with my fellow Type 1’s a new way to transform your pump into an accessory.

This tutorial will show you how to make a simple piece inspired by my transformative fashion collection, Hanky Pancreas . The current collection is for women and represents a series of design solutions that better integrate the machine with the body and mind. By turning medical device into fashion accessory the designs intend to alleviate anxiety, create dynamic communities, and encourage new relationships with medical technology.

This tutorial is meant for insulin pumps that have tubing. The design in this tutorial is based around the Medtronic Minimed Pump, however, all the steps can be readjusted according to your own device.


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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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