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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 backing fabric, you can use: Polar Fleece, ProSoft® Stretch-FIT Organic Cotton Fleece Waterproof 1 mil PUL, ProSoft® V2 Stretch-FIT Organic Cotton Jersey Lite Waterproof PUL, Soft Shell Fleece and/or PUL.
To see what fabric we used and the steps we took, keep reading!
Core Fabric (we used Zorb 3D Dimples in Rose Smoke)
Top Fabric (we used Pale Pink Flowers Cotton Jersey White)
Backing Fabric (we used Polar Fleece in Hot Pink)
Print out the pad & core pattern and cut out
Draw around your core template on your chosen core material and cut out
Place your pad template on your top fabric and draw around
See picture below
Ensure your core fabric is central
Be careful the fabric does not slip or snag
Right sides facing, and pin
Leave a turning hole
Leaving a 1cm edge
Using the turning hole. We recommend using a tool to poke out the edges
A flatter pad allows for easier top sewing
Around the edge of the pad
Using a kam snap tool, such as pliers
This will activate the absorbency
We also made a variation using Zorb 3D Dimples in Blue Lagoon (core), Constellation Navy Cotton Fabric (top) and ProSoft® Stretch-FIT Organic Cotton Fleece Waterproof 1 mil PUL (backing).
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!