Sure you just had a successful ostomy surgery, and now you will have to live a bit more differently from your former lifestyle.
For one, you’ll have to get an ostomy bag but a number of people are usually reluctant to carry this essential bag because they are scared people will be quick to judge, treat them differently or having people see them with an ostomy bag just makes them uncomfortable. Check out these quality ostomy bag covers to keep your ostomy bag discrete.
Yes you can wear an ostomy bag, participate in your favourite dance party, go to the beach or exercise without anyone knowing you have an ostomy bag on you. The secret was mentioned earlier, all thanks to the development of Stony bag covers, you can do that and more!
But what if you can’t afford the ostomy bag covers can you make it yourself? Yes you can! And I’ll be writing on how you can make these covers in this article.
You must possess an above average sewing skill before you can do this yourself and according to my findings it may take you about 200 minutes to complete.
Making your own ostomy bag covers afford you the opportunity to make it fit precisely your type of ostomy bag, something you may not be able to do if it’s a custom made ostomy bag cover you are purchasing.
Now let’s first get started with the materials you will need to bring this to fruition.
Marking tools, An ostomy bag to trace, pattern-making material,Pins, Sewing machine, silky fabric (optional), Double-fold bias tape, thread, Scissors, Measuring tape, Iron, A soft lightweight fabric, and ironing board.
First, you have to create a pattern for the ostomy bag cover, and this for both the front and back section of the bag cover.
All you have to do is place the ostomy pouch flat on the paper,press it firmly and trace out the edges entirely with a pencil or any marking device. Mark out about 1 inch extra allowance around the edges to allow for ease then trim out the outer edges of the paper.
To create the back piece, place the front pattern on another paper and mark out the edges. The back piece requires a circular opening as well as a drain. To transfer the circular opening from the pouch to the pattern, any object with a round opening can be used- a mug for example can be placed on the circular part of the ostomy pouch to check for fit before being traced out on the pattern. From the bottom edge of the pattern, mark in by about 2½ inches and cut across the pattern at that point. You now have 3 pattern pieces which can be transferred to your fabric.
Place your pattern pieces on the fabric and hold in place with pins.Cut out the front piece with a half inch seam allowance around the edges.
The second pattern is cut the same way,however on the third pattern,you mark out 3 inches on the fabric from the newly created slashed line to create the drain overlap and a half inch seam allowance around the edges.
Iron out your fabric pieces then proceed to sewing. Make a zig-zag or overlock around the raw edges of the fabric pieces and enclose the circular opening with the double-fold bias binding.
Make a straight stitch on the edge of the back pieces,place the two pieces across each other such that they overlap and fit into the size of the front piece, secure with pins and place on the front piece right side facing each other. Sew around the edges and turn out. Iron out neatly and put a top stitch in place.