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« Reply #500 on: March 03, 2006 08:54:16 PM »

Plus, you can sew them by hand, from thrift store items or "abandoned" clothes:

Old T-shirts make great top layers
Old towels make great inserts for heavy flow pads (I used some Kool-aid-stained white towels)
100% cotton flannel - shirts, baby blankets or sheets & pillowcases are good for any part of a pad

You can get any of the above at a thrift store, for a couple of bucks, or the rag bag at your house for nothing. Just wash everything well and dry it before you start working with it. Several people have talked about stitching it all by hand.

So, they won't have the bright and fancy patterns right away, but if you really want them, you can do it.
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« Reply #501 on: March 03, 2006 09:03:10 PM »

Plus, you can sew them by hand, from thrift store items or "abandoned" clothes:

Old T-shirts make great top layers
Old towels make great inserts for heavy flow pads (I used some Kool-aid-stained white towels)
100% cotton flannel - shirts, baby blankets or sheets & pillowcases are good for any part of a pad

You can get any of the above at a thrift store, for a couple of bucks, or the rag bag at your house for nothing. Just wash everything well and dry it before you start working with it. Several people have talked about stitching it all by hand.

So, they won't have the bright and fancy patterns right away, but if you really want them, you can do it.

Good point! They really don't have to be pretty. And if you do sew by hand try using embroidery thread, it is easy to work with and will be less likely to cause you problems! You could ask for them for your birthday too!
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« Reply #502 on: March 06, 2006 02:18:05 PM »

Plus, you can sew them by hand, from thrift store items or "abandoned" clothes:

Old T-shirts make great top layers
Old towels make great inserts for heavy flow pads (I used some Kool-aid-stained white towels)
100% cotton flannel - shirts, baby blankets or sheets & pillowcases are good for any part of a pad

You can get any of the above at a thrift store, for a couple of bucks, or the rag bag at your house for nothing. Just wash everything well and dry it before you start working with it. Several people have talked about stitching it all by hand.

So, they won't have the bright and fancy patterns right away, but if you really want them, you can do it.

Good point! They really don't have to be pretty. And if you do sew by hand try using embroidery thread, it is easy to work with and will be less likely to cause you problems! You could ask for them for your birthday too!

I might actually try this! I need a new project anyway Smiley. There are some washcloths I know my sister won"t miss so I already have something I need. I'll look around the house to see what I can find...
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« Reply #503 on: March 09, 2006 08:29:40 AM »

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/yarnmistress/clothpads014.jpg

I've been on a cloth pad kick lately! I purchased some great flannel last week and I have been making tons of sets. I added two listings to my store. I think I've been getting a great response to them.
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« Reply #504 on: March 09, 2006 12:02:53 PM »

people have these listed all over ebay, btw.

and some of them are not as nice as yours.  how are they doing on etsy?
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« Reply #505 on: March 09, 2006 03:26:23 PM »

Bigeyes: I have sold 5 sets on Etsy so far and I even got a few custom orders through Etsy that I am working on.

I think more and more women are starting to use cloth over plastic. they realize that it is much better for not only their health, but for the environment as well.
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« Reply #506 on: March 09, 2006 09:43:25 PM »

good for you.  yours are very professional looking.  I found some cotton flannerl for about $4 a yard, but I don't know how many I can get out of one yard....I'm just trying to calculate the cost of making them versus buying them.

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« Reply #507 on: March 10, 2006 06:06:58 AM »

Okay.... out of one yard I can get 4 pads and I can get 7 pantyliners.
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« Reply #508 on: March 10, 2006 07:39:58 AM »

either/or, or both?

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« Reply #509 on: March 10, 2006 12:17:52 PM »

Sorry if I make pantyliners I can get 7 out of a yard. If I make pads I can get 4.
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