Well since I did a post on the family cloth I thought I should go ahead a do one on homemade feminine pads. Once again some of you may think yuck and that there would be no way, but just think about it, and the money you would save. Not only the money you would save but you wouldn’t have to worry about having to store big bulky packages of pads everywhere or worry about not having them when you need them, or running out. You also don’t have to worry about the harsh chemicals that are in store bought pads.
They are very simple to make you can go here to get a pattern.
I copied the pattern onto some cardboard.
Cut them out.
Place on your fabric then I use a sharpie to trace around the pattern.
Cut them out.
This is what you should have one top and two bottom pieces.
This is an optional step. I had some fabric (not real sure what it is) that was a covering for the boat, but it ripped so we had to take it off. I took the cover washed it and put it back to us for whatever. It is water resistant so I figured it would work great for this. I used some for the bottom of the pads. So if you use a water resistant fabric cut two bottom halves.
Place the resistant fabric on the underside of the two bottom pieces and iron over a small fold on the edge.
Stitch these down, I used a zig zag stitch.
Then set the two bottoms on the top ( inside out)
Pin in place.
Sew around the edges.
Then turn inside out.
Iron down and sew around the edges of the turned out pad.
For the inside take two squares of cotton or flannel like fabric, sew together and turn inside out and run a few seams on the inside kind of like quilting it. (Sorry it is kind of hard to see in the picture), You could also use a quilted fabric such as a mattress pad or even a wash cloth.
Fold this in to thirds
And insert into the pad.
You can use Velcro or snaps on the wings. This one I just stitched a piece of Velcro on the wings.
On this one I used snaps.
After it is all done it can fold up like this. They are very simple to make.
You can use them for pantie liners, just don’t put in the insert.
There are a couple things you can do with them after you use them. Some people have a bucket of water with peroxide that they put them in after they are used, or you can put them straight into a bucket and cover with a cloth. To wash if you put them in the water just drain the water and throw in the washer, with the dry bucket when you get ready to wash add some water and rinse then throw in the washer. I haven’t used the water method. I have a small bucket that I cover with a small towel to put them in. I pull out the insert, this way it all gets air I haven’t had a problem with the smell but I do keep them washed up at least every other day.
So do you think this is something you would do? I was a little skeptical at first but I have to say I like them a lot better and they are more comfortable then the store bought pads. And they don’t bleach out your underwear.