Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tubing Covers

Many folks have questions about how the tubing covers that I make work.  Hopefully this post will help to answer some of those questions but please feel free to message me if you have additional questions or concerns!

I make two different sizes in catheter tubing covers.  The first is for 2000mL drainage bags.  I make these approx. 42" in length.  Your tubing may be a little longer and this is okay.  Most folks don't really want it spanning from edge to edge on the length.  If you do need a much longer size, feel free to contact me and I can always make a custom size for you.

The tubing cover is 42" in length and 3.75" when open and laid flat.  These are designed to wrap around tubing that is approx. 1/2" in diameter.





These tubing covers are held closed by 12 sets of Velcro strips the entire length of the tubing cover.  This makes for easy on and off.





On one end of the tubing cover there is an extra set of Velcro strips.  This is for folks who use a catheter bag cover that also has Velcro at the top.  You can attach this extra set on the tubing cover to the catheter bag cover to help prevent slipping.



 The other end of the tubing cover has a small piece of elastic sewn in that also helps the tube cover from sliding and slipping too much.

Folks are able to just order tubing covers in the shop or they can add them to their order when purchasing a 2000mL catheter bag cover.



The second size tubing covers that I make is a little smaller.  These are made for the 600mL drainage bags or nephrostomy bags.  


Because the tubing varies so much in length for the 600mL drainage bags, I need to make these as custom orders.  If you are ordering a nephrostomy bag cover and wish to add a matching tubing cover, please contact me and we can add one.  

These basically have the same features as the longer tubing covers with the Velcro strips and elastic on one end but these are only about 3" wide when laid flat as they are made to wrap around tubing that is 1/4" in diameter.  I have made these in lengths as short as 12" and as long as 22".  

I hope that helps to explain the tubing covers a little better. It can be hard to capture everything in words and pictures in my Etsy listings.  Please feel free to contact me at sew-inspired@hotmail.com should you have any questions! You can browse the current selection of tubing covers in my shop here: www.sew-inspired.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Catheter Bag Covers


I wanted to take some time this week and write a little bit about the different style drainage bag covers that I make. I started making these types of items three years ago as a special request for my friend Cathy and since then I have branched out to different types of covers.

This is the drainage bag cover that started it all...the catheter bag cover.  This cover is made for a 2000mL bag so it is one of the larger types of drainage bags.  This is the single strap bag cover and it was meant to hang from a wheelchair, bed rail or a walker (my friend uses it on the back of her
wheelchair).




This bag cover measures 13" wide and is 14.5" tall.  There is hook and loop tape at the bottom and top of the cover which take up some space inside the bag.








The strap opens on one end so it can go over a walker or bed rail.  There are d-rings to fasten and adjust the length of the strap.  The long side of the strap measures approx. 18-19" long.






At the top of the cover, there is a long strip of hook and loop tape (aka Velcro).  This is to keep the top of the bag closed and to help keep the tubing in place.  As you can also see in this picture, the inside of the bag is lined with another cotton fabric for added strength and durability and it is machine washable.  (I can add a PUL fabric liner instead to the bag to help prevent leaks as a custom request in my shop for a small additional charge.)







After I began to make bag covers, I began to get requests for a small opening at the bottom of the cover so that folks could drain their bags without taking the cover off.  Our bag covers now have a 4" opening at the bottom for this purpose.  When not in use, the opening closes with hook and loop tape.




The single strap is maybe about 18" at its longest length.  It is NOT a cross body or shoulder strap (we do carry those in the Etsy shop though).  Before I made the cross body straps, I had folks order the bag covers thinking the strap was long enough to go over the shoulder. This is just a picture to show that it definitely isn't a shoulder strap and to show the proportion of it on my mannequin.




I also offer tubing covers in matching fabric which I will discuss in my next blog post.  Here is a picture of how it works with this style catheter bag cover.  There are small hook and loop tabs at the top to hold it in place at the top of the bag cover.  



I hope that this helps to answer some of the questions about the 2000mL catheter bag covers that are in our shop.  I make each of them as they are ordered and am always looking for new and different fabrics.  I also take custom requests and am happy to look for a particular themed fabric.  

You can see what I currently have available in my Etsy shop at www.sew-inspired.com.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions about this type of bag cover! 

Friday, March 23, 2018

It's Spring!

It is finally spring here in North Carolina although the temperatures are staying on the cool side.  Trees are budding and allergy season is in full swing.  We have had a lot of rain lately which has really helped to wash away the pollen but I see pools of yellow on the sidewalk when I walk Mason (our Springer Spaniel).

So it has been awhile since I have posted, and honestly, I have questioned as to whether or not I want to continue blogging.  I have to decided to try and become more organized and more intentional with my posting on my blog, Facebook and Pinterest.  I wrote a weekly schedule for myself on when to post and ideas on what to post so we will see how it goes and if I can keep up with it.

Here is what I have been working on this past week...

I have been able to resume my sewing for charity.  I had taken some time off due to life just getting in the way and some of the medical issues that popped up last year for our family. I missed sewing these sweet little items. Here are some pillowcases that I made for Fightingcancerinc.org.  The group provides the flannel and I just saw them together. They provide sunshine boxes to those starting chemo treatments in Charlotte.


I was also able to make it to the most recent Charlotte Threads of Love meeting in Concord and drop off some finished items and pick up some to work on.  They make and deliver to local hospitals for NICU babies.  My girls were NICU babies for 5 and 6 weeks so this one is near and dear to my heart.  I have little blankets and snugglies (positioning aids) to work on.  

I also had the opportunity to make a Minnie catheter bag cover for a special little girl on the west coast.  I don't normally carry licensed fabrics in my Etsy shop but when a mom makes a special request, I do purchase the fabric as a custom order only.  She also ordered a cat catheter bag cover as well.  I hope she loves them!



I was able to get closer to my goal this week of having 30 items listed in my Etsy shop.  I added some  catheter tubing covers as single listings.  I sometimes have fabric left over and can't make a bag cover  but I can make tubing cover so I will be listing them.  Here are a couple of tubing covers that are in the shop now.  They are 42" long and have Velcro strips all along the edge for easy on and off.  I can also make them in different lengths as well.




I also added some some wheelchair/walker bags to the shop as well.  I had sold out of the larger ones during the holidays and had trouble re-stocking the shop and keeping it stocked.  I just love making these bags and seeing how the color combinations work out.  They also work for use on a stroller as well to keep things like a pacifier or sippy cup handy.




Off to start another weekend!  We are into watching the NCAA Men's Basketball March Madness and this is a great weekend for that.  Other than that, hopefully a relaxing and low key weekend!  What are you up to this weekend?








Thursday, January 4, 2018

End of Year Thoughts and the Holidays

Well, as usual, the holidays went by fast and furious!  We have teenaged girls now so we tried to simply our gift giving and instead do more special outings with them.  We usually spend a week in upstate NY visiting both sets of our parents and decided to also throw in a couple of days in NYC so that our girls could get their first taste of the city.

Both of them LOVED it despite it being very cold.  The weather limited our sight seeing a bit but we were able to get in some of the sights near Times Square where we stayed.

Of course we went to Rockefeller Plaza.....






St. Patricks Cathedral........






And stopped at West Point on our way out of town.




We also went to NYU and the Strand Bookstore (for our daughter Lauren) along with countless stores and shops.  It was truly a beautiful sight to see NYC all decorated for Christmas.  We plan on going back when the weather is a little warmer to see even more.  The girls realized that we saw very little of the city compared to how big it really is.  Next week, we go on another special trip but more on that later. =)

As for sewing, I closed the Etsy shop on December 15th to take a break for Christmas and I re-opened it this week.  Last year was a great year for the shop with better photos thanks to my friend Cathy who was able to provide me with some needed props to show the true size of the catheter bag covers and the wheelchair bags.  I really believe those new photos were a game changer in the shop and helped to increase sales of the bags to folks who truly can use them.

Currently, I am working on restocking the shop and also doing year end inventory.  I dread doing inventory but am trying to do it in little blocks so it doesn't completely get me down. Inventory is done for tax purposes when you have items on hand that you make items from.  So yes, I have to count all of my fabric (which is a lot), my velcro, and metal hardware that goes into my bags and then record it.  Oh well.  It will get done.  Eventually.  Before I have to hand in my taxes.

Off to keep counting and working!



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Chain Piecing

Do know what it means to "chain piece"?

This is a term most often used by quilters when they have lots of sets of squares or other shapes to sew together. I actually am making fabric snowballs today and I chain pieced my fabric as I was sewing.  Here is how it works so you can see if it might work for you in an upcoming project.


I have several sets of white fleece snowball sections to sew together using 1/4" seam allowance.  I put my 1/4" foot on my sewing machine to make this process even easier.

First, I sew the first two fleece sections together. When I am done sewing, I pull out the pieces a little ways from the machine but I DON'T CUT THE THREAD.  I then feed the next set of fleece pieces through the machine, pull them out maybe an inch and then start sewing the next set.


Do you see where I am going with this?


So by the end, I have a chain of fleece pieces and all I have to do and snip the threads in between the fabric pieces.  



Now time to move on to the next step!  I will keep you posted on how these turn out.  I have to embroider their faces on before sewing the snowballs together.

Note: Snowball pattern and design is from Embroidery Garden