Make-Your-Own Frugal Cloth Menstrual Pads

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Wednesday, May 01, 2019 | 1 comments
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Image: Sewing HAndicrafts, by Liccastyle on Pixabay

Image: Are you ready to give up disposable paper pads, and switch to cloth pads - but worried about the cost?
Today's natural and responsible choice for feminine protection is washable, reusable cloth menstrual pads.

An environmentally-safe, economical alternative!

Are you ready to give up those expensive disposable paper pads, and switch to cloth pads - but worried about the cost of purchasing enough cloth pads?

(See article links below to why you should consider switching to cloth.)

Here's a Frugal Baby Tip for Mom!

Image: Cut out three layers of an absorbent 100% cotton fabricCut out three layers of an absorbent 100% cotton fabric (i.e. flannelette, terrycloth, cotton fleece, hemp, sherpa, etc.) into an 8.5" by 10" (21.5cm x 25cm) rectangle.

Round corners. Pile together.

Image: Cut out two wingsStitch all around, using either a zigzag stitch or a serge stitch.

Cut out two wings 6" by 6" (15cm x 15cm), shaped sort of like like this: =O= - see picture on the right:

Fold each wing in half, and zigzag or serge stitch all raw edges.

Image: Center wings on the pad
Center wings on the pad, about 2.25" (5.5cm) from either long edge, with straight edge of wings facing straight edge of the pad.

Looks something like this [_[)(]_], though the wings will be overlapping - see picture on the left.

Sew a straight seam, catching in the wings, 2.5" (6.5cm) from both long edges.

Either sew Velcro® on wings or use hammer-on snaps.

Fold the pad in thirds, and fasten the wings underneath the fold.

Now you have a super-absorbent 9-layer menstrual pad that opens up for easy washing and quick drying!

How to Use Your Make-Your-Own Menstrual Pads

Image: open pad

Image: pad folded once

Image: pad folded twice

Image: back of folded pad

Image: back of snapped and folded pad

Pad laying flat, with wings folded back over outer flaps of pad

Fold under one flap, the part under the wing

Fold under other flap. The center panel is the part that will be next to your skin

Back of folded pad, the part that goes next to your panties

Back of folded pad, snapped together

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

NOTE: This is a copyrighted design, originally designed by Catherine McDiarmid in 1993.

Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt, on
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More ideas:
Make Your Own Cloth Menstrual Pads Pattern

Menstrual Articles
Menstrual Products and Health

Feminine Ecology Notes

Women Taking the Initiative for a Safer Environment

Fast Facts from Whitewash

Backgrounder: What Are Organochlorines? And Why Are They So Dangerous?

What Women Can Do to Stop the Whitewash

More On-line Articles

Image: Dritz Snap Fastener Attacher Kit | Easy Attacher | Includes Tool and 4 Size 16 SnapsShopping Suggestions:
 • Dritz Snap Fastener Attacher Kit - Easy Attacher

 • Velcro® Brand Soft, Flexible Sew-On Tape

 • Washable Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Menstrual Pads

 • Sckoon Organic cotton cloth menstrual pad

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About Catherine: I have been writing my Frugal Baby Tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three grown up sons, and a grandma - and happily married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a rescue cat, Bella.

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  1. Cara says:

    Nice pattern. I like the length of your pads. I included it in a
    roundup post
    on my website. Thank you!

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