Saturday, March 21, 2009

And the tutorial....

I was so excited to get several requests for this! People actually read my blog and like my ideas! LOL

Cloth Gtube pad tutorial:

1. Trace circles onto flannel or any other absorbent fabric. I prefer flannel because it doesn't stretch much when you sew and it's nice and soft. I use 3 layers in my pads and I use the same cup every time so they are all uniform.


2. Pin the layers together and draw a small circle in the center and a line straight down. I use regular kid's washable markers and it washes out in the first wash.


3. Cut up the line and around the tiny circle.


4. Round off the edges. I think this makes the finished product look nicer.


5. Zig-zag around the edge of the pad. Go slowly and reposition the foot as needed. Because it's so small you really have to stop and start a lot unless you are just a genius with a machine (I am not). After zig-zagging, do a straight stitch around the whole thing for added stability.


6. It should look something like this. Trim any stray fabric away from the edge.


7. Add a snap. If you don't have a press or snap pliers, the metal hammer on snaps work fine. They are a bit of a pain, and take a little practice, but they are cheap.


The hand-sewn version: Do everything through step 4 and then just stitch by hand instead of using a machine. It takes longer, but it actually looks nicer and neater, especially around the small inner hole. I used 2 layers of thread, but only 1 is really needed. Wrap the thread around the edge and then straight stitch all the way around. One pad took me an hour vs 10-15 minutes on a machine, so it's not all that time consuming. Stitch one up while you watch your sitcoms in the evening!

11 comments:

Joy said...

These are so pretty. They look awesome.

Me said...

SO CUTE! Thank you for sharing how to make these! My daughters tube site really doesnt seep but i might make her a pad anyway just because its so cute!

Jill said...

My son is getting ready to have a GJ tube placed next week. I'd love to make some of these for him :) What is the approximate diameter of the cirlcle? Could you email me with it? jillk77 at aol dot com
Thanks a ton!
PS- your daughter is beautiful!

kamsnaps.com said...

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. But more importantly, thank you for being an inspiration and for allowing your daughter to be an inspiration to the rest of us. Judy @ KAMsnaps.com

Aimee said...

How big should the little hole be? I want to make a bunch of these and donate them. Thank you do much for this tut!!

tjmo said...

Thank you so much for this pattern!! I made a bunch for my granddaughter and they worked perfect!

Anonymous said...

how large are these circles & center hole. My great granddaughter needs these now. Got Gtube yesterday. She is in Phoenix I am in KC area. sypsew@hotmail.com

Cindy said...

your G-tube pad directions were great. I have made over 100 pads for my great nephew and to send to others. Couldn't have come up with anything, without your basic design. Thank you

Denai Murphy said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial!!! I have three individuals I work with that have the mic-key button. One is very fresh only about 3 1/2 weeks with one. I plan on making a bunch of these, but had no idea how to make one and got lucky with pinterest!! Thank you again!! These things are amazing!!

Deb T said...

Thank you for the tutorial. Our sewing group is preparing to make a bunch of these for the local children's hospital. Will probably make some for adults also.

Fresh Lulu said...

I would love to know the diameter, do you happen to know the measurements? Thank you!