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« Reply #480 on: February 27, 2006 10:42:14 AM »

thank you!  i didnt remember reading it!  but i am interested!  thank you!

on another note...this may sound odd but i just had an idea....i have this 100% cotton yarn...why couldnt you knit or crochet some little tampons...? it would me the same material as the baby socks and also of real tampons but without the chemicals and such.  too weird?  too out there?  let me know what you all think...
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« Reply #481 on: February 27, 2006 10:46:25 AM »

Thanks I would have never remembered where in the post I saw that . . . I'd just put what i needed on the shoping list. . .
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« Reply #482 on: February 27, 2006 12:44:37 PM »

Cute pads swozniak! I love the fabric you've used, especially the little piggies!
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« Reply #483 on: February 27, 2006 03:23:25 PM »

Thanks jan_on_ice.  Having cute fabric makes bleeding slightly more enjoyable!
After leaving the store and looking at the reciept I noticed that the pig fabric was only 2.00 a yard!!! I'm thinking about going back for more.
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« Reply #484 on: March 01, 2006 11:58:09 AM »

Fabric Advice Needed Smiley

I have taken the time to read pretty much the whole thread and feel so enlightened now! Very informative, great thread and great starter project!

When I go into my local Hobbycraft (UK based craft shop) to buy fabric, what do I ask for? Can someone please recommend A) the most waterproof fabric and B) the most absorbant fabric suitable for this project?

Thanks muchos in advance! Am looking forward to showing my Mum, I can't wait to see her face!



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« Reply #485 on: March 01, 2006 12:01:59 PM »

Absorbant: Just ask for flannel. 100% cotton. They should have tons. I also just noticed today that one fabric store sells diaper fabric by the yard, but flannel should be more than fine. I made some overnights with a couple layer of towelling, but I just cut up an old towel. I think a few extra layers of flannel would do the same (something I'm going to try).

Can't help w/ waterproof. I haven't needed it. I think Lunapads uses fleece (polyester), and some folks have used gym shorts (or the same kind of material). Breathable is key.
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« Reply #486 on: March 01, 2006 12:41:58 PM »

Wow, quick reply crazycatladymel, thanks!

Still confuzzled about the waterproof-ness if anyone cares to enlighten me Wink

Does 'breathable' fabric mean that sweat is transferred through the fabric away from the skin and does this mean it could allow liquid/blood through?

I *think* I remember someone here used vinyl, this would be waterproof but not breathable I guess, but does it work well for this project? For some reason I imagine it being squeaky and cause chaffage haha! Like Daffyd walking across the room in Little Britain or was that plastic/PVC? Yup, truly don't have a clue about fabrics  Cheesy

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« Reply #487 on: March 01, 2006 12:45:32 PM »

I may have contradicted myself. Waterresistent fabrics can breathe... I don't know if waterproof ones can. I didn't use this layer, so I'm not much help.
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« Reply #488 on: March 01, 2006 01:56:31 PM »


on another note...this may sound odd but i just had an idea....i have this 100% cotton yarn...why couldnt you knit or crochet some little tampons...? it would me the same material as the baby socks and also of real tampons but without the chemicals and such.  too weird?  too out there?  let me know what you all think...

Taloola, I say OF COURSE! I would think ami-style crocheting stuffed with 100% cotton would ROCK! I'm gonna try it tonite! Thanks for the question, it has inspired me:)

BTW- A great 'stuffing' is quilters cotton, they have some nice organic cotton battings out there for our quilting friends, and it would get softer as you use it... as far as water proof/resistant and  absorbant layers... a good way to go would be an outer layer of cotton or flannel (you could even get crazy and use a neoprene/capilene or some other sport/wicking material but that is unecessary), then an inner absorbent layer of cotton batting or multiple layers of cotton/flannel material, then a layer of oilcloth or vinyl. I like oil cloth, it is slighly less 'stiff' and has that cloth backing so your layers won't slip. You could wrap the whole thing up in cotton or flannel but you are running the risk of side leaks (wicking around the vinyl). Don't get me wrong though, I have not used vinyl or oil cloth, I have a varying flow, and I never seem to need a barrier between the absorbant layers and my panties, but I have spotted on my panties (never through to the pants). I think if you change it out often enough, you should be OK.
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« Reply #489 on: March 01, 2006 06:42:06 PM »

I just wanted to thank you all for the wonderful insight and ideas.  I always used tampons until my 2nd child and now they are very uncomfortable, so I've switched to pads, but they seem to irritate me.  (I'm 39 for what it's worth) I'm making some of these this weekend!  The tutorial in the first post is amazingly simple - even I can follow it. 

As a sidenote - my daughter is 11yo and I'm hoping to convert her at the beginning.  I'm just thinking of all the crafting supplies I can buy with the money saved!!LOL

Thanks again ladies.  It's great to find a community that is so in tune with their bodies and talk easily about them too.  That's a rare find.

Dawn
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