Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ostomy Bag Cover Tutorial

I have another little friend that has had to wear an Ostomy Bag in the past. (yay!!! Not right now though as her's was recently reversed!) To make it a little more discreet and comfortable for her, she had a special cover to wear over it. Her mom asked if I could make her some more and so, I thought it would be another great tutorial to share with you!

These are SUPER SIMPLE to make and don't require much fabric at all! 
*Note that you may have to adjust any measurements based on the individual wearing it. It's such a simple sew that should be easy if you do though. My instructions also include steps finished with a can alternately hem these steps.

What you need:
Fat Quarter of fabric.
Elastic for waistband.
RST = Right Sides Together

RSO = Right Side Out
 Measure the elastic for the waistband and add to the pouch.
I used a plush fold-over elastic, left open, to provide a softer and wider elastic.
The elastic can be added in a couple of different ways. You can simply thread it through the casing and then stitch the cut ends together. The bag will slide along the elastic if done this way, and my little friend didn't like that. So, the alternate is to stitch the elastic at both ends of the casing.

Here's what it looks like on. (I didn't make this one.)

Using the measurements listed, you can make 3 of these bag covers from a single fat quarter!

My little friend just happened to like zebra print. ;)
As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me.

Learn more about what an Ostomy is here


Mara said...

Wow, I wish I had this tutorial for when my son had his colostomy, but he was so little that we just always had him in a onesie, so we didn't need it, but I am going to pin your tutorial, thank you for sharing.

TammyW said...

Thank you Kristy for posting these kinds of projects. I too would have loved something like this when my son had his colostomy. I belong to an online support group for parents of children with colon disorders and I will be sure to share this post with them.

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My son just had this surgery 4 weeks ago and it has been a challenge.

nonda said...

I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this tutorial. My 3-yr old grandson is a recent urostomy patient and will be from now on. This is just what I needed to not be quite so worried about his bag catching on the corner of a table or a 8-mo old baby cousin grabbing it! Thanks again :)

Kristy said...

You are so very welcome nonda! So glad it is useful to you and wish your grandson the very best!

Neomi Thomas said...

Thank you, this seems easy enough that a beginner like me can probably sew this! My son just had an ileostomy placed this week.

Kristy said...

So glad you found it useful Neomi and best wishes for your son!

Rhett Templeton said...

Very nice information about ostomy care

Leslie Boulanger said...

Nice post on Ostomy bags.

Marilyn said...

Nice post. Well what can I say is that these is an interesting and very informative topic on ostomy covers

Alanna said...

This is great! Is there a way to do this without a serger?

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