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Topic: 'Period Pouch' - a sanitary towel cosy :P (with tutorial)  (Read 2459 times)
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« on: March 12, 2008 06:28:06 PM »

The story goes like this. I'm going to London tomorrow, and I'm on my period. I suffer from very bad PMS and have recently started using towels as opposed to tampons, because tampons give me headaches. Anyway, Kitten Wrangler made me this lovely little bag in the Make a Friend swap which I'm dying to use. It just so happens that a lot of my things match it - but there was a problem! The sanitary towel wrappers are green, oh the clashes of colour, the horror! I couldn't put them straight into the bag. So, I dug out some chunky pink yarn, a 5mm hook and spent approximately a Family Guy's episode worth of my life creating a little pouch that will happily contain three normal sized sanitary towels, but I suppose you could also use it for tampons or, well, just about anything else you fancy.

This is the result:

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff149/suinoko/periodpouch_result.jpg

And here's a tutorial, just in case you ever got into a similar dilemma to me. Cheesy Since it is so simple and quick to make, it is probably also a suitable first crochet project, and practical too. Wink It can probably be made from yarn scraps and the pattern could be adapted to different styles.

This is what you need:
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff149/suinoko/periodpouch_ingredients.jpg

I used a fairly small amount of Sirdar Hugs yarn (mellow) which is a pink and white chunky weight yarn (similar could be substituted easily - I believe Sirdar Hugs is a UK yarn, so it might be harder to find elsewhere), a 5mm crochet hook and a yarn needle.

The pattern:
Row 1. chain 30 (this can be increased/decreased accordingly - I chained as far as just over double the height of a sanitary towel)
Row 2. turn and double crochet (UK triple crochet) all the way back
Row 3. chain 3 (this will be used to create a 'ruffle'), turn, double crochet the whole way across including the very first stitch
Row 5-10. repeat row 3 (the number of rows can also be increase/decreased according to towel size)

Then, to finish off, fold the crochet fabric in half so that the 'ruffles' are at the opening of the pouch, and sew down the sides using the tail of the fabric, or another cut of yarn. Your new pouch is now ready to be used. Cheesy Enjoy.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008 08:06:44 PM »

That's awesome I like it. If I carried a purse I would so make it. Also I love the sushi in your pic makes my mouth water for some right now.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008 08:07:03 PM »

This is cute and a very good idea. Great job.
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2008 08:14:51 PM »

I really like the yarn you used, great color and the texture is awesome.

Tampons are evil. Fun (yet disturbing) fact: A lot of tampon manufacturing companies add a chemical to the tampon-making process that makes women bleed more. The goal is to get people to buy more of them. Not exactly the healthiest thing they could be doing for their customers Sad I approve the non-use of tampons.

And your case is a fabulously fashionable alternative to a zip-lock bag or nothing at all. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2008 10:04:01 PM »

You know, I had never thought of doing that! I usually just awkwardly crammed one into a pocket in my purse, but I was always paranoid someone would discover it.

I'm totally going to make one of these to match my purse! Thanks for the neat idea!
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2008 10:56:51 PM »

That is very cute, so simple and pretty and just the right size.  I love the yarn you used! 

I don't know about chemically adverse effects of tampons, but I DO know they give me way worse cramps, I totally don't wear them unless I am swimming. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2008 07:17:30 AM »

What a great idea! I love that yarn. I must expand my yarn horizons past red heart! LOL!

and, I didn't know "Family Guy" played over there! what a small world!

btw, the "fact" about tampons is not true. I have friends that work for P&G and I assure you that my friends would not make sanitary products that they wouldn't use themselves.

However, if you have worse than normal symptoms when wearing tampons, then you should not wear them.  It's been awhile since I heard stories of girls coming down with toxic shock syndrome. I had it while in college - not a very nice thing to go thru and can be very dangerous. I'm not a medical doctor but as an elder "sister" I would advise you girls to 1) stop using tampons and 2) mention these symptoms associated with tampons at your next docter visit.

Now, some girls can use them all the time with no problems. But some of us can't. Please take care of yourself!

The only treatment I got for the TSS was to stop using them. I haven't had a problem since (I do wear them when I swim, but never more than 4 hours). I'm 45 now and that was waaaay back when I was 23 or so.

I apologize to the  moderators for getting off the subject of crochet. I'm just concerned about my crochet sisters! (and wanted to stop that nasty rumor about commercial tampons)
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2008 02:24:52 PM »

Thanks for all the lovely comments Cheesy

and, I didn't know "Family Guy" played over there! what a small world!

Oh yes, we get most of the popular American cartoons and sitcoms over here too Smiley

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btw, the "fact" about tampons is not true. I have friends that work for P&G and I assure you that my friends would not make sanitary products that they wouldn't use themselves.

I didn't believe they would put chemicals in there to make you bleed more and buy more of their product, but according to Wikipedia they do put things like pesticide in them and it can have adverse effects on you for sure because it's put into such a vulnerable part of your body where toxins are easier absorbed. I know they cause me headaches, I am doing well without them. I just don't really like using towels as much as I do tampons because they're kinda uncomfortable and don't usually properly fit the underwear I use. Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2008 12:05:55 AM »

OK u did a great job I'm going to make me one up now its on my project list. I used a tampon once and will it felt like I had a p----- will u know in side of me all the time and I thought that was gross maybe I didn't put it in right but I didn't like that feeling at the time so I stopped useing them and went to pads much comfortable to me. not trying to be mean or rude just my opinion I think it is very unsanitary to go swimming when Ur on Ur period weather Ur using a tampon or not . My friend dose the same thing wears tampons and go swimming when she is on her period. Will I wont swim in her pool when she is on it the ideal to me is unsanitary and probably to other people who swim in the pool with u.but thats just my opinion don't get mad at me u all.I still love my fellow crocheters. OK back on subject. U really did a great job. I think I will make mine hot pink. and my daughter should be starting soon and she loves purple so I think I will make hers purple. thanks for sharing. and sorry to the monitor for getting off subject but we all do have ideals about this issue.Tc my fellow crocheters. and I'm sorry if I made anyone of u mad because of my opinion. I still love u all. Grin Grin Grin Grin
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