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Hack your nail clippers with Sugru

January 20, 2017 in Solution

Fixperts Benchmark Residency – Nail Clippers grip Sugru hack from Fixperts on Vimeo.

With thanks to@MayaAlvarado1

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3D printed Nail varnish helper

December 9, 2016 in Solution

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This 3D printed aid could be the perfect solution for someone with limited grip or dexterity, limb difference or anyone that finds it difficult to paint their nails! For help with 3D printing, get in touch with our sponsors DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability.

Download the 3D printable file 

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Accessible gift wrapping hack

November 17, 2016 in Solution

 

This hack is the perfect way to make sure young kids and anyone that finds unwrapping too fiddly can still enjoy opening their gift!

You will need:

  • a gift!
  • wrapping paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • ribbon
  • something to hold on to if the ribbon will be too small to grip – a gift tag or a keyring will work

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Padded foam handles

October 20, 2016 in Solution

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For a budget friendly way to create built up handles for cutlery, pens and toothbrushes, you can use a pack of foam hair rollers!

This video uses foam tubing purchased specifically for making built up handles.

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DIY Straw Holder

October 14, 2016 in Solution

Materials:

  • Ballpoint pen
  • Clothes peg

Tools:

  • Junior hacksaw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Craft knife

Method:

  • Remove the nib and ink reservoir from the ballpoint pen
  • Mark and saw a section approx 3cm long
  • Sand the edges and use a blade to clean the inside edges
  • Using hot glue, fix the pen section to the peg and leave a moment to set
  • Enjoy your new straw holder!

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DIY padded crutch pads

October 10, 2016 in Solution

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • ½ yard of fabric (fabric with some stretch works best)
  • ¾ to 1 inch thick foam (two 8 x 8 inch pieces, and two 6 ½ inch x 4 ½ inch pieces)
  • 8 inches of 5/8 to 1 inch wide Velcro (cut into two 4 inch pieces)
  • Duct tape
  • Needle and thread
  • For using non-stretch fabric: Elastic approximately ½ inch wide (cut into two 1 ½ inches pieces)

Cut the four pieces of foam as indicated above. The easiest way to secure them to the crutch tops is with duct tape. At first, I was worried that they might eventually come undone over time from all the friction, but they’ve held up wonderfully after months of use. They don’t have to be perfect as you can see from my picture below, they just have to be secure.

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Cut the fabric. Cut your fabric making four 7 x 5 inch pieces for the handles. This measurement already includes seam allowance. For the fitted crutch top cut a 9 ½ x 12 inch rectangle. For either style, cut two pieces, one for each crutch.

Construct the crutch tops by first laying the fabric with wrong side up then folding over the bottom edging approximately equal to the width of the Velcro. Place the Velcro in the middle of this edge then sew along the entire width of the edge to both hem the edge and secure the Velcro at the same time.

First sew the bottom edge then the inner edge of the Velcro, and do this for each piece of Velcro.

Then fold the entire piece in half with right sides together and sew along the side edges. Finish the raw edges with zigzag stitch or an overlock machine if you have one.

If using non-stretch fabric, you will need to add elastic on the sides if you want a more fitted look. If you don’t have a preference and could do without it, just sew Velcro across the entire edge. Simply stretch and sew the elastic to each side. Turn right side out and you’re done!

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If using stretch fabric, simply cut and shape your pieces like the picture below, then proceed with adding the Velcro and sewing the side edges together.

To make the handle covers, place the two pieces right side together then sew along each long edge, basically making a tube. Turn right side out and insert foam.

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Fold in half with raw edges meeting so that you can straight stitch along the edge to secure, then zigzag to finish the raw edges. Turn right side out. I like to sew along the edge of the tube, about 1 inch, to secure this seam down.

And you’re done! All you have left to do is place these lovelies onto your crutches like so.

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Via Hellodetermination

Crutch Pockets

October 5, 2016 in Solution

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Zip Grip

September 29, 2016 in Solution

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Via Pinshape

The zip grip! For getting a handle on tiny zips, put this design to the test!

Download the design files

Our sponsor charity DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability will be happy to help if you don’t have access to a 3D printer, just get in touch via their website.

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Via Pinshape

3D printed nail holder

September 29, 2016 in Solution

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Via Pinshape

A one piece design to hold nails and keep delicate fingers out of the way of the hammer, this one’s a must have in you toolkit!

Download the design files

Our sponsor charity DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability will be happy to help if you don’t have access to a 3D printer, just get in touch via their website.

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Via Pinshape

Tap lever

September 29, 2016 in Solution

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A slick looking design, 3D print your own tap lever today and give it a test!

Download the design files

Our sponsor charity DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability will be happy to help if you don’t have access to a 3D printer, just get in touch via their website.

Remember to click the ‘This Solution Helped Me’ button at the top of this page, or leave a comment letting us know how you got on with this solution!

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