I’ve been meaning to make these for my daughters for quite some time, and I finally went ahead and did it. I gave them as Christmas gifts, which you would think would be weird, but all three girls were very excited to receive – and use! – them. I’ve had some purchased ones for years now, and my girls know that cloth is better than disposable any day. 🙂
These are super easy to make, though a bit tedious. Thirty should be more than enough, and if you’re only making for one lady, it shouldn’t take too long. If you’re making for three, and you’re looking at close to a hundred, well, that’ll take a bit longer. 🙂
Regular size pads should be about 3 1/2″x11″ finished. Heavy or overnight pads should be about 4″x11″. Be sure to plan for a seam allowance when you cut. You’ll need about a yard of anti-pill fleece for the bottoms, an array of double-brushed flannel prints for the tops, and something absorbent for the middle. I used two layers of recycled cloth diapers, but people also use recycled towels. I suspect a couple of layers of any sort of cheap cotton fabric would do. You might want to wash the cottons first to shrink them.
Just layer your fabrics – fleece and flannel right sides together, middle fabric on top of that. Clip or pin them together. I used these clips because they keep thicker stacks from shifting, but are easy to remove while sewing.
Sew around the edges, but leave a hole on one long side for turning. Turn, poke out the corners, and press, then top-stitch to keep everything in place and give it a more finished look.
If you have a serger, the sewing will be really easy. Just remember to stack them in their finished positions, instead of for turning like I did.
Pretty soon, you’ll have a nice little stack of menstrual pads! These actually wash very easily, too. No need to soak in advance. Just put them in the washer on a cold-water rinse cycle. Depending on your level of squeamishness, you could then wash them alone on a hot water cycle, or, if you’re like me, you’ll just wash them with your regular laundry. They’re mostly clean after the rinse anyway.
They don’t slip around in use and they don’t leak at all. And the girls were greatly surprised by how much more comfortable they are. Would you believe they look forward to their monthly cycles? As for me, I appreciate their frugal aspects, too. Once made, they should last for years, saving all sorts of cash in the feminine hygiene aisle! Not to mention those last minute, “Mama, I’m all out,” pleas.