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How to make reusable cloth pads yourself?

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Posted by Quirine Franken

How can you have more fun and ease during your period? Seeing that amount of plastic waste has never been much fun for me. Besides all the other obvious reasons my period never got any more fun because of it. And it is not as if you have much choice in the matter. All the normal pads are made with plastics and chemicals in them. Seeing as your yoni is very absorbent, this is just another way for you to get more toxins in your body. That is why I started to look at cloth pads. They can save you of tons of waste and later on I learned and experienced they even influence the pain and duration of your period. Plenty of reasons for me to leave the plastic pad forever and make my own reusable cloth pads.

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What materials can you use for your own reusable cloth pads?

The most basic thing to remember while making your own pads is to use fabric that is not only easy to wash but also absorbant and easy for you to wear. I made mine from old leftover cotton sheets, some flannel and a towel. Have to say that it works fine for me. But you can also use materials like bamboo. If you need to buy your fabric, I would definitely recommend getting some organic fabrics. What you also need are some snap fasteners. I used the sew-on kind but having the right tool to just press them on your fabric saves you so much time.

Down below there are some guide lines for you to use on the amount of fabric you will need for each pad.

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How many pads do you need?

In this case, I would say, you know your body best. Therefore you know what you need during your period. The great thing is that you now have the chance to adapt them to the comforts of your own body. Also, you will need to consider if you would like to have a full amount for your entire period. Or do you wash them in between? In this case, you will only need half as many. The average amount of pads often lies between 20 and 25 pieces for your entire period. I took the average amount I needed per day and made one extra to be sure.

If after all of this you consider buying your pads instead of doing some DIY, I would recommend these eco-friendly ones.

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How to start making your reusable cloth pads?

First, you start to draw your own pattern. This is very easily done. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil, scissors and an old throw-away pad. You take the length and shape of the pad and draw them on your paper. There are two different patterns you need. One that makes the outside (2nd on the picture below) and one liner (on the left). My liner has a length of 20 cm (7.8 inches). The outside fabric has 1cm (0.4 inches) more on each side. Also, consider leaving some extra space for when you knit them together. The width measures 24 cm (9.45 inches).

When you finish, cut out your patterns.

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Then you can pin your pattern on your fabric and start cutting.

I made 20 medium pads so I needed to cut 60 liners from old towels and 40 covers from cotton. Have to say it was quite a chore but got it done in the end. My reusable cotton pads have two layers of towels and one of flannel at the bottom. The flannel is supposed to prevent a bit from leaking through.

Once you’ve got everything you needed to cut, you can get your sewing machine out. You can pin your layers at your bottom. I used the coloured on for the outside and plain green for the inside. Below you can see two bottoms who are already sowed. Sew your liners in by making two circles. One on the outside and one on the inside.

Once all your liners are sowed in, you can place your top outside on the bright coloured side. Sew them together and leave one opening for the last. Turn them inside out and close up the final bit. As you see on the picture below I sewing them again all around just to flatten them a bit. Then it is time to place your snap fasteners. I just used one per pad. Up till now, I found this plenty while using them.

Cloth pads are ready for use

Now we finished our reusable cloth pads. I hope can use the information to make your own set. If you used this pattern and made your own, share your pictures below.

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