I did it! I spent an afternoon making up about 5 pads from cotton fabric that I had on hand and sewed buttons and hand made buttonholes on the wings. I took an old towel and cut out long ovals slightly smaller than the outer part of the pad was. Some of these I stitched around with a zig zag stitch and also made lines down the middles to see if it helped. Everything I used was already on hand, so these were free except for a few hours of my time. I did use an overnight pad to trace a pattern, in order to make sure that there was plenty of coverage front to back.
Results...No leaks whatsoever! Easy to wash up
. I just soaked the soiled pads and liners (pulling them apart) in an old plastic ice cream tub in cold water for a few hours, then swished and wrung out. Very easy and not icky at all. Little to no smell
from using the cloth pads, in fact it was much preferable to using disposables. And I usually have at least one heavy day, but this week there was none of that, which I hope is from not having any chemicals in my pads because I want a period like this every month
! I slept wonderfully with a cloth pad and 2 liners inside (for added protection, but it never went much into the second liner, if any), although I did lay an old towel on the bed just in case but never needed it. These cloth pads feel like there's nothing there except my undies and I love how easy they were to make and use! Sold on them for sure!