Make-Your-Own Frugal Cloth Menstrual Pads

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, December 19, 2020 | 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 fabric
Cut 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 wings
Stitch 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 left:

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 right.

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-Watt in 1993.

Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt, on
All rights reserved

Image: Wegreeco Bamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads (Stylish Pattern) - Cloth Sanitary Pads | Light Incontinence Pads | Reusable Menstrual Pads - 5 Pack Pads, 1 Cloth Mini Wet Bag (Small, Dynamic)
Bamboo Reusable Pads

More ideas:

🧵 Make Your Own Cloth Menstrual Pads Pattern

🧵 How To Make Homemade Feminine Pads: Free Pattern List

🧵 Cloth Menstrual Pad Database | Free Patterns and Guides

Image: 7pcs Pack Cloth Pads Including 1pc Mini Wet Bag +6pcs 8 Inch Bamboo Charcoal Cloth Menstrual Pads/Reusable Sanitary Pads/Mama Panty Liners
Bamboo Charcoal Pads

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: Asenappy 4 PCs Cloth Sanitary Pads Reusable X Large Cloth Menstrual Pads for Heavy Flow Night Use + Wet Bag
Cloth Reusable Pads

Shopping Suggestions:

🧵 Dritz Snap Fastener Attacher Kit - Easy Attacher

🧵 Velcro® Brand Sleek and Thin for Fabrics

🧵 Organic Cotton Fleece Fabric - by the yard

🧵 Flannelette fabric by the yard

🧵 Terrycloth fabric by the yard

🧵 Cotton Hemp fabric by the yard

🧵 Sherpa Sheepskin fabric by the yard

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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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