are cloth pads ok to use on a heavy flow? most of my periods are a heavy flow, and I need something that will protect my clothes from stains a bit better... O.o
One of the benefits of these pads is that you tailor them to your own needs: the size shape and absorbency is chosen by you. As far as protecting clothing I cut up an old ski jacket and used 1 layer of the waterproof fabric under the body and wings of the pads. I had no leaks whatsoever and wore one on my heaviest day, and (tmi??) definitely soaked it but my jeans are completely stain-free. I definitely recommend making a few up to try out. I did a sort of test on mine with a bottle of water to see how they absorbed to reassure myself before wearing them. I found 2 layers of old towel on a 12-inch long pad with waterproof lining to be more than enough for the heaviest night.
And for everyone: I tried several patterns, This one http://shewhorunsintheforest.googlepages.com/008
being my favorite. It is for a liner but I found using 1-2 layers of old towel in it worked fine. I cut an additional 'wing' layer out of the waterproof fabric and stitched it so it is on the inside.
This site has a few other patterns on it's main page http://shewhorunsintheforest.googlepages.com/