I finally made my own. I got to read this thread before it was cut down. I got a lot of great, useful information. Here's the pads that I made:
I made these using the original pattern posted here. I suck at sewing round edges.
I ended up making some more squarish ones because I can do corners! I'm bought some bright red fleece to use, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
I like the idea of being able to change the whole thing at once. I took a few pairs of period undies and used ribbon to make little pockets to hold the pads. I've only been wearing them for a few hours, but so far, so good.
I really like them. I've talked to my boyfriend about the pads and it kind of freaks him out. I like the idea of soaking them in water and then using the water on plants. I just won't be able to tell him why our plants are so suddenly healthy!
I think if I had come across this when I was younger, I would have freaked out. But now that I've been dealing with my period for 10 years or more, it doesn't phase me to clean my blood out from my pad. Now if I cut my toe open or something, that's a completely different story.
I've also used the Jade & Pearl sea sponge tampons. I do like those. I've never really been great with tampons. I always thought they gave me cramps and I was just being paranoid. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one that was happening to. The sea sponges were cramp free and comfortable. My cats kept finding them though, so I gave up. I just wear pads now. I've never been much of a tampon person anyway.