I made this in a new thread because I think it's a different enough technique for making menstrual pads than what was posted in the other two threads. They don't have wings, but you'd be suprised at how well they stay put, because of the fabric backing. The quilting makes them not bulky at all and also keeps the material from shifting around inside, especially when you wash it. The wool makes them so much more absorbent than regular cotton (reading about how wool absorbency and a bum sweater is what inspired me to make these) that they stay comfortable for much longer and - most importantly - they don't leak like the disposible pads do, down the wings and all, yuck. I have a pretty heavy flow, and I've rarely had these leak on me. They are all-natural fibers, no synthetics. If I could find recycled organic fibers I'd love to make them out of those, but as it is, I'm happy just recycling old clothes.
For the wool, I used one of my brother's old wool sweaters that had felted (accidentally) in the wash, and nobody wanted to wear it. Basically, I cut a bunch of pad shaped pieces out of the sweater, then a bunch more pieces (which were slightly bigger) out of a tee shirt and some black flannel. I like the dark colors because they don't look as messy.
Here they are, with the wool piece, the tee shirt piece and the flannel piece in a pile. You can't see the flannel because it is the same size as the tee shirt piece.
So then with 'right' sides together of the flannel and jersey, I sewed a pocket shaped piece that has an opening at one end.
I trimmed close to the seam (well not in this picture...) then I laid the wool piece on top and pulled the whole thing inside out
so that the wool was in between - smooth it out a little with my fingers, then fold the open ends in, sew it shut and "quilt" over it with the machine.
Ta da! Here is the top:
And the bottom:
Or the bottom and the top, it just depends which fabric you prefer close to your delicate bits. Anyhow, these are really easy to care for, throw them in a bucket of water, then machine wash (so I would be sure to preshrink everything...). I carry a little ziploc baggie with me to have something to put them in when I am out and about.