Craft Chat

DIY Mastectomy Drain Pouch

I hesitated about sharing this project on the blog, since it touches on the unpleasant topic of cancer, but the more I thought about it the more I wished that I had been able to find a post like this when I was Googling “mastectomy drain pouch.”
When my cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, her mastectomy surgery was scheduled within a few weeks right before the holidays. My mom suggested that I make a mastectomy drain pouch for her post-surgery recovery, which might help make recovery even the tiniest bit more comfortable.
Since I didn’t know much about this type of surgery and how the pouch could be most effective, I definitely wanted to use a pattern that had already been tested. I looked online, but it was difficult to find a pattern and I couldn’t find any step-by-step tutorials with pictures. Finally I found this free pdf pattern for “Breast Cancer Bags” from Online Quilting Magazine, with information about collecting these pouches to distribute them to hospital patients.
The Amateur Librarian // DIY Mastectomy Drain Pouch
The steps are pretty simple, but pictures always help me when I’m doing a project for the first time… so here are a few from the one I made.
The Amateur Librarian // DIY Mastectomy Drain Pouch The Amateur Librarian // DIY Mastectomy Drain Pouch
The Amateur Librarian // DIY Mastectomy Drain Pouch
The Amateur Librarian // DIY Mastectomy Drain Pouch
A few notes: I used dark fabrics to hide any stains that might occur, and I used the same fabric throughout instead of using a separate fabric for the lining. The strap is adjustable by tying it through the tab. I cut a strip for the strap as suggested, but it would be just as easy to use a jelly roll strip since it’s a handy width and length.
The Amateur Librarian // DIY Mastectomy Drain Pouch
Even though this is a simple project, hopefully it helps someone else online who’s looking for something thoughtful (and practical) to help a breast cancer patient going through this tough experience. Lots of love to my cousin who’s recovering from the surgery now.

4 thoughts on “DIY Mastectomy Drain Pouch

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.