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Ostomy bag cover question

Posted by Gemd, on Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:16 pm

My best friend is crafting ostomy bag covers for me. However, the part that fits over the top half of the bag keeps popping off and then the cover falls off. Sad  how do covers "fit"? Elastic or....?

Reply by Ophelia1221, on Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:32 pm

mine have elastic that fits around the back of the pouch

Reply by Mrs.A, on Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:06 pm

I don't have a cover that I purchased but I did make a few for myself. I didn't use elastic and just sewed a hem around the back piece. I haven't had any issues with them. Maybe the elastic is to tight?

Reply by HeyHey, on Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:27 pm

I don't use transparent bags so have no need for a bag cover. I tried them and found the extra layer either got in the way of the bottom of the bag or the top. I've heard of something called a Beband at Target. It wraps around the body. 

Reply by Newbie Dana, on Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:30 pm

Check to see who makes the regular covers, then call or go to their web site to request some samples of different covers.The manufacturers are usually quite happy to send a few samples. See which ones work best for you, then use one of them as a templete for your friend to make some covers for you. By looking over the commercially available covers, you'll get an idea of their design and how they fit.

Reply by dmo101, on Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:56 am

Why do people use bag covers?

For 28 years I have used a 12" long opaque bag and tuck the tail into the waistband of my underwear. 

Reply by Little Red, on Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:59 am

I also don,t use a bag cover.  I have a stoma and umbilical hernia and use a stoma belt and it keeps everything in place and is comfortable  I am going to order another belt 4 in wide from NuHope  and medicare will cover the cost  if using a supplier and a Drs ok.  I have a left sided ostomy and have a hole cut in the belt to fit my bag thru.

 

Reply by Gemd, on Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:22 pm

I have a friend who wants to make covers. She's not sure how to get elastic around the back that goes behind the top of my bag and against the sticky part stuck to my skin. Without the elastic, even small movements cause it to slip off.

So far most opaque bags make me leak or are so opaque at too I can't check my stoma. So I like covers forntransoarent nahs as no one wants to see what's in there but me. My ostomy doesn't tuck well into pants.

Reply by Nicholoffs, on Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:20 pm

I makemy own bag covers, if you make the top that goes over the bag deep enough, it will hang on the bag and stay on,.I make comical ones, Mickie Mouse, Donald Duck, smiley faces, polka dots, it just makes me smile when i put one on...I have one that says "going to the Doc"...I wear that to the Drs.

Reply by Nicholoffs, on Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:21 pm

I makemy own bag covers, if you make the top that goes over the bag deep enough, it will hang on the bag and stay on,.I make comical ones, Mickie Mouse, Donald Duck, smiley faces, polka dots, it just makes me smile when i put one on...I have one that says "going to the Doc"...I wear that to the Drs.

Reply by Poopsie, on Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:28 am

I wear a bag cover because I want to wear the bag outside of my pants. When I tuck the bag inside my pants, the waistband cuts across the bag, and everything collects at the top of the bag instead of falling to the bottom.

I make my own bag covers. Early versions did fall off easily. Then I started adding an iron-on stiffener to top of the back piece, where it sits on the flange, and also trimmed the seam there as small as possible. Those steps helped, but aren’t perfect. One commercial design uses elastic around the hole for the flange, but that seems too hard to do for a beginning sewist like me. Another design doubles up the fabric on the back piece, which probably makes it a bit heavier and stiffer there.

My bag/flange has little plastic tabs, for a belt, which I don’t use. I’m thinking of sewing a bit of narrow elastic to the top of the bag cover, and looping it through the topmost tab to secure the bag.

Feel free to PM me if you want to toss around ideas.

Reply by Gemd, on Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:12 am

Reply by Poopsie, on Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:11 am

The hole in the top back needs to be only big enough to fit around the ring in the flange. You can fold the bag to push it through. Here's a picture of my latest attempt:

Reply by Poopsie, on Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:14 am

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