I'm a little late to this discussion, but I wanted to chime in about cloth pads because I love them so much.
I've seen a couple questions in this thread about "do they move", "do they feel like diapers" and I have to say no to both. I haven't yet made my own, but it's on my ever-growing project list, so I just bought a set about a year, maybe 2 years ago. I had heard of them before but thought "that's gross!" like so many here. Once I finally got started (and I had two to start, lol. One to wear while the other washed), my biggest regret was not starting sooner. They stay put even when I'm running, biking, walking or sitting around. And I do a lot of walking/biking as well, to the order of several miles a day. They also last a long time before they bleed through, even on my heaviest flow days, I was away from home for 8 hours before I could change and I still only spotted my undies a dot.
Do they feel like a diaper? No. Absolutely not. This is what sold me on the pads. I had always stuck to the ultra-thin plastic kind because I absolutely HATED wearing a pad and even ultra-thin felt like a diaper, moved like a diaper and shifted all around. Leaks were common. Anyway, cloth pads (forgive the obvious) feel like cloth. It just feels like wearing a normal set of underwear, even with a three layer thick pad. You just don't feel it, even with the thickness. That alone is why I'll never go back.
Still trying to convert many of the ladyfolk I know, whose criticisms fall between "It's dirty" and "I don't want to handle the laundering". Kinda ironic since my friends are all the no-shaving, hippie types.
Perhaps if I made them some, I could get them to go for it, since the startup cost is high. (I don't exactly remember, it's been a while since I bought pads, but I think it was around one pad = $12-15, and most women will need anywhere from 6-15.) It's hard to justify sewing more things when you already have more than you need and you're not sure if you could give them away.
I don't know if I've been sewing long enough to have many bad habits or what qualifies as a bad habit...
Though I do have a stack of fabric, almost as tall as I am that I've acquired. Yet, I still feel like I don't have enough fabric. Just recently I made a green/navy blue tote and had to go without a liner because I couldn't find the perfect matching fabric.
Not basting or pinning, because I want to sew.
Sewing crookedly or making my seam allowances huge, thus, making my project smaller than I intended with hard to sew through seams cause they're so thick.
Working with bad lighting, since I'm a night owl and stay up late to work.
Starting a project when I'm too tired to work on it and then be unable to sleep cause I'm too excited to work on it, but not untired enough to actually get up and do it.
Ahahaha I'm such a dork I was more happy to see someone make a Farscape reference than a purse.
Though the purse is ... shall we say farbot? Oh I slay myself. It's pretty cool, actually. Neat idea for those fabric panels. My mom gave me one with an ugly snowman on it and I didn't know what to do with it.
This is a really great design. I would never have guessed at all what you made it out of. I've never repurposed thrift clothes into bags, only tableclothes and things. Excellent work, and your seams are well hidden and crisp.