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How to Make a Reusable Cloth Pad

Week 12

Cloth pads may be a thing of the past, but they are making a comeback in the sustainable world. Unlike disposable pads, cloth can be washed and reused a hundred times over without contributing to landfill waste and saving a boatload of money in the process. This project takes less than a half hour and you can make a whole bunch in one sitting!

What you'll need

  • Natural Fabric - I used cotton fabric remnants for the outside and stained dishtowels as well as an old bamboo pillowcase for the inside. You can also make inserts waterproof materials from rain gear and umbrellas for added protection.
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Optional - serger
  • Snaps, button, or velcro for closure
  • Pattern - it's free! Click to download. The top should be 8" at its widest.

Let's make a pad

  1. Print and cut out the free pattern provided above.

  2. Cut two top pieces from cotton remnants and three insert pieces from old dishtowels or bedsheets. If you have a heavier flow, use more layers.

  3. Stack the insert pieces on the wrong side of a top piece. Place them so that they fit within the fabric.

  4. Pin the layers in place.

  5. Using a straight stitch, sew the inserts down on each side.

  6. Pin the top pieces, wrong sides together. The inserts should be hidden.

  7. Sew the tops together around the edges with a quarter inch seam allowance.

  8. Finish the edges with a serger or zig zag stitch.

  9. Sew snaps on the corners that don't have inserts. You should only have one snap on each side.

  10. Your cloth pad is finished! To use, snap it around your panties while you're menstruating. Once soiled, wash normally and line or machine dry.

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