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How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

January 27, 2023
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Reusable menstrual products have risen in popularity in the last few years, and we have been making them for a long time. They are sustainable, eco-friendly, comfortable and you save money in the long run.

In this blog we are back with with another eco-friendly, sustainable swap. Below we are going to lay out the steps for you to follow and make your own pads.

There are a range of fabrics that are suitable to create a perfectly absorbent and snug cloth pad.

For the core fabric, you can use: Zorb OriginalZorb 3D DimplesZorb 3D DiamondZorb 4D Core PULBamboo Terry Towelling and/or Bamboo Fleece.

For the top fabric, you can use: Cotton PoplinDigital Cotton and/or Cotton Jersey.

For the backing fabric, you can use: Polar FleeceProSoft® Stretch-FIT Organic Cotton Fleece Waterproof 1 mil PULProSoft® V2 Stretch-FIT Organic Cotton Jersey Lite Waterproof PULSoft Shell Fleece and/or PUL.

To see what fabric we used and the steps we took, keep reading!

How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Completed Pads

Two variations
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Completed Pad

Zorb 3D + Polar Fleece + Cotton Jersey
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Completed Pad

Zorb 3D + Cotton Fleece PUL + Cotton

What you'll need:

Step 1: Get your templates

Print out the pad & core pattern and cut out

Step 2: Cut out your core

Draw around your core template on your chosen core material and cut out

Step 1

Templates & Fabric

Step 2

Draw around the core
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 2

Cut out core

Step 3: Draw around your pad template on the top fabric

Place your pad template on your top fabric and draw around

Step 4: Cut around the top fabric leaving a turning edge

See picture below

Step 5: Pin the core fabric to the top fabric

Ensure your core fabric is central

Step 3

Pad template on top fabric
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 4

Trim top fabric leaving a turning edge
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 5

Pin core to pad

Step 6: Sew around the core fabric

Be careful the fabric does not slip or snag

Step 7: Place the top fabric with core attached onto the backing material

Right sides facing, and pin

Step 8: Sew around the edge of the pad

Leave a turning hole

How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 6

Sew around core
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 7

Place pad with core onto backing fabric
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 8

Sew around pad

Step 9: Cut around the pad

Leaving a 1cm edge

Step 10: Turn right side out

Using the turning hole. We recommend using a tool to poke out the edges

How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 9

Cut around pad
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 10

Turning hole
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 10

Turn pad right side out

Step 11: Iron

A flatter pad allows for easier top sewing

Step 12: Top sew

Around the edge of the pad

Step 13: Insert kam snaps on the wings

Using a kam snap tool, such as pliers

How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 11

Iron
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 12

Top sew around the edge of the pad
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Step 13

Add snaps

Step 14: Wash before use

This will activate the absorbency

How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Completed pad

With snaps

Completed pad

Rear view, snaps connected
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Completed pad

Top view, snaps connected
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Variation

Completed with snaps
How To Make A Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad

Variation

Rear view

Variation

Top view, snaps connected

A few things to remember:

  • The cotton / jersey is the top of the pad

  • Rinse in warm water, until it runs clear, after use before you put it in the washing machine

  • Do not use fabric softener

  • Do not tumble dry

We reccomend you make a few different pads and try out some different fabric combinations – you may prefer sewing / using some fabrics compared to others.

We hope you love this eco-friendly, sustainable swap as much as we do. Let us know in the comments if you have tried reusable cloth pads before!

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  1. Could I ask which way round you wear them please?

    • Pattern side up! 🙂

  2. I realised these would work well as Light incontinance pads, and I have made a dozen or more for my very elderly mom to use, they are far more comfortable for her than paper ones.(and cheaper!!) Ive used your zorb , and PUL, and a plain cotton outer. plus now i have some made using your bamboo towelling which she likes a lot.

    • Hi Ruth,

      You are absolutely right – they do work well for that too!

      We are really happy that your mum is enjoying these 🙂

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