Thursday, November 8, 2012

G-tube Button Pads Tutorial

I have a couple of little friends in my life that have a g-tube. Their moms asked if I could make the little wrap around pads that help absorb any moisture or leakage where they connect. I couldn't find a tutorial for any, so, I made one and wanted to share it here in case someone else might find it useful.


Supplies Needed:
Flannel - Cut to approximately 2 3/4 - 3" Circles (2 for each pad)
Terry Cloth or other absorbent fabric (cotton fleece, hemp, bamboo) - Cut to the same measurement as your flannel (1 for each pad)
Snaps or velcro for closure

I've sewn these in several sizes now, with the last ones I made for a little guy, so I cut 2 3/4" circles. 
2 circles of flannel, 1 of absorbent fabric. 
Lay your flannel circles right sides facing and place the absorbent circle on top. 
Cut a slit through all 3 layers, straight up the middle of the circle about 2". (This may vary based on the size you are making. You'll want to stop your cut about 1' from the top.)
Stitch the 3 layers together around the slit you just made.
 **BE SURE to snip the corners of your stitching here so the pad will lay flat when turned. 

Now, it's time to turn your pad right sides out. This can be a little fiddly, so just take your time with it and you'll have a nice smooth result. I also suggest carefully pinning as shown below. 
You're ready to top-stitch your layers together, starting along the center opening. 
 Then you will either serge or zig zag the outer edge all the way around.
I found that I liked my 3 step zig zag stitch best for this, even more than the serged ones. They seemed smoother, and more neatly finished. 
 Apply your closure and you're done!
I personally prefer using snaps on these since velcro can be scratchy and irritate this sensitive area if it gets flipped.
 
Before you know it you'll have a pile of these little pads and make some people very happy...What a treat that is! 
And this is a PERFECT way to use up fabric scraps! All of these were made from trimmings of other projects...bibs, lounge pants, pillowcases...that would never have been useful otherwise. LOVE THAT! I can assure you I will now have a use for these small fabric pieces!

If you run into any questions making these, just email me, I'm happy to help. 

Update with photo of one of the pads in use.

You can learn more about what a g-tube (Gatrostomy Tube) is here.
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33 comments:

Tracy Johnson said...

Thank you for this. I do not know what a G-tube is but I have a large quantity of soft flannel scraps. I think that I could make up a bunch of these and drop them off at our Children's Hospital when I drop of the stockings.

Meghan Flores said...

Tracy-- Please do!! My niece has had a g-tube for months, without these little pads, and the moisture irritates her skin :-( My mom and sister can't find these anywhere, so I'm trying to make some, but it would be so helpful for the moms if you dropped some off!

Kristy said...

Thanks for sharing your input Meghan! If I can help you at all, please don't hesitate to email me! Best to you!

Jodie Hickman said...

I feel so fortunate to have found you. I am always looking for charitable ideas to sew. This will be wonderful for our Childrens Hospital.

Kristy said...

Wow! What a kind thing to say! Thank you. And so glad you found me too! :) Happy to have you around!

Laura said...

I'm tickled to have found this! My son is doing 50 sets of these for his Eagle Scout project :)

Kristy said...

@Laura, that is wonderful! I would love to have you share a picture when you are done if you'd like! :) Tell your son, "Way to go!" too!

jess said...

Thank you for posting this! My baby gets her g-tube net week and we are in dire need of some pretty ones for our sassy girl! Hoping a friend or relative who is crafty will be able to make us some using your tutorial :)

jess said...

Thank you for posting this! My baby gets her g-tube net week and we are in dire need of some pretty ones for our sassy girl! Hoping a friend or relative who is crafty will be able to make us some using your tutorial :)

Kristy said...

@Jess, best wishes for your baby girl! :) If you don't find anyone to sew them for you, let me know. I do sell these very reasonably.

Kathy Burnett said...

I'm so glad I have found you Kristi! My 5 week old grand daughter will be getting her Tubie next week and my daughter was wanting me to make her some covers. I like your tutorial and the way you make yours. Thank you so much for your wonderful website and the work you are doing to help all of out here.

Kristy said...

@Kathy, so happy that you found me here! If I can help in any way, just let me know. Very best wishes for your grand-daughter and family too. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words as well! Best, Kristy

Lorie McGowan said...

Is there a special kind of Velcro or snap that you use? I haven't been able to find any Velcro that would be soft enough not to irritate but the snap seems that it might be difficult to open and close.

Kayli Elizabeth Nagy Neumann said...

as a mom with a newborn with a g-tube (he's 9 weeks old). i am now just hearing about these!! I am so excited because his tummy (around the site is so irritated!!) the gauze is TERRIBLE! i seriously cannot wait to have some of these for charlie

Kristy said...

Hi Lorie!
I use plastic snaps specially because velcro, no matter how soft can rub and irritate, especially this sensitive skin. I purchase my snaps from Assunta Store.

Kayli, just replied to your email. :)

Robin said...

Where do you sell them? Do you also do the gtube belts?

Kristy said...

@Robin, no way to email you directly linked to your profile, but if you will email me at hopefulthreads@yahoo.com I will be glad to discuss with you further. Best,
Kristy

cmclf said...

My daughter has a mini one button for an A.C.E (bowel management program for people with Spina
Bifida). These would be great for that also. Thanks for this awesome idea.

Kristy said...

@cmclf, truly my pleasure! I'm so glad this has been helpful to so many!

Karen Challender said...

What an awesome idea! I have gobs of scraps I end up throwing away.. I make special needs dolls, and many of them have gtubes.. I'm going to start including a little pad on the doll and make a matching one for the child.. You have inspired me :o) Thank you for the great info!

Kristy said...

@Karen, how wonderful!!!! That will be such a special, special gift! Glad the tutorial is helpful!

kerstiensb said...

Thank you so much I have a tubie daughter & Ive been looking to make some of these.. I can drop some off at our Childrens Hospital!

Kristy said...

@kerstiensb Wonderful! So glad the tutorial is helpful and hope it blesses each that receive what you make! I'm actually sewing some of these for a little friend myself today! :)

jortiz210 said...

Im so happy I came across this, Im a PDN and my pt has both C and Gtubes.. and could def use these. The Mepilex just isn't helping. Thank you so much for sharing!

Kristy said...

@jortiz210, so glad it will be helpful! My best to you!

Unknown said...

ok just so I am reading this right the fleece or other absorbent material will be on the bottom of the finished product right?

Kristy said...

@unknown, there wasn't an email to reply to you directly, so I hope you see this. :)
The pads I make are absorbent throughout all 3 layers. Most have flannel on both the outer layers and then the center is terry cloth, cotton batting, hemp or another absorbent material. Hope that helps!

grammy said...

My sweet grandie just got her gtube 2 weeks ago. I tried a different patters for the first round of covers but am switching to yours...much nicer product. Then to make a bunch for the Children's Hospital that has been so good to us

Kristy said...

@grammy, I'm so glad it will be useful to you! Best wishes! Kristy

Gramma Mary said...

I am going to have some fun! My grand daughter is Special Needs and just received her G-tube and is allergic to the tape, so these will be great! I love this idea. I think I will make a bunch more for her to take to the Children's Hospital for distribution to whomever needs them.

Kristy said...

@Gramma Mary, that sounds wonderful! I'm sure it will be appreciated and hope they work great for your sweet girl! Best, Kristy

Candice said...

I made my first one today for my precious granddaughter. Your instructions are the best! Very clear with excellent illustrations. Thank you.

Kristy said...

Oh Candice! I am so glad to hear that! Thank you for sharing and my very best to you and your granddaughter! <3 Kristy

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