I decided to make my own menstrual pads as I was not liking the design of the store-bought cloth menstrual pads that I owned. They were the kind where you put a pad in the back of a holder type thing and then snap the whole thing around the crotch of the panties. It seemed too labor-intensive (I'm loathe to do much when I'm in the "monthly way.") Plus it was hard to tell when things might have leaked, until they already had.
So, I designed my own. Looking at other tutes, I noticed that most used cotton flannel and old washclothes or towels for material. I got on etsy and ordered some fun cotton flannel (2 half yards for under $13 total.) Then I sketched out a design on a piece of printer paper folded in half. I then added 5/8" around that for seam allowance, and cut the design out. From there i kinda winged it. I used old buttons (as flat as I could find) for fasteners, because that's all I had. I made two designs (as far as how the pads are held in the holders-one has little straps at the top and bottom, underwhich you just slide in a pad, and one has a piece of flannel that holds the pads.) I'll see which works best. I made one holder with towel between the flannel layers, and one without (for each color) making the one with towel for "heavy" days. All the pads have one layer of towel in between the flannel. I also made everything with finished edges, because the store-bought ones just serged the edges, but after many washings they were falling apart.
With the fabric I had left I made a little travel pouch for holding used pads.
All in all, I think they're pretty cute.
I'm planning to design some less bulky ones that are more streamlined for "lighter" days.