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Topic: First Reusable Menstrual Pad: Completed!  (Read 3934 times)
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« on: September 02, 2008 08:38:28 PM »

Made using this tutorial:  http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/PADS.html

I did some breaking in of my new sewing machine and got a head start on Christmas gifts.  I'd been giving my crafting some thought and decided I wanted to go as environmentally-friendly as I possibly can --- as fun and interesting it's been playing around with say, polymer clay sculpting and the like, I realized that I don't want to add to our ever-growing landfills and would rather from now on stick to as much biodegradable and/or recycled materials as possible.  Hence the big kick towards working with fibre and textiles.

So I'm going to be making different patterned ones of these and giving them away in sets for some of the women on my gift list this year:


I felt the cherries where quite a propos.  Same with the cupcake fabric (below) and sushi fabric I picked up.  Unfortunately, though, I'm not having much luck finding fabric with beavers on it so far.  Anyhoo.

After having completed this one prototype, however, I've decided to go with a pattern that's not only longer, but a little wider in the "wings" to help prevent leakage (I warned you guys... :-D).  This one has a black flannel bed and is sewn with three extra layers of flannel and a nylon layer at the bottom.  Since then, I've been prepping the newer version with some recycled old terry cloth towel as the absorbent layer.  The only thing is all the tiny little bits of fluff that gets everywhere from cutting the towels up...
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amalgam
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008 09:13:17 PM »

It will definitely be an interesting gift. Have you tried one out yet? Depending on how well it works I might have to make one.
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2008 11:24:33 AM »

I'm interested into making my own pads too!  Wink
Great job on this! ♥
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2008 11:30:33 AM »

Nice job.  I could probably find you beaver fabric.  The mascot of the uni by me is the beaver, so it would be more collegian looking than realistic beavers.
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2008 03:50:47 PM »

interesting... and strangely cute. How do they work? Machine or hand wash? are the edges surged? I may need to try this...
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2008 09:13:06 PM »

I typically use these as a backup to my "Keeper" menstrual cup and they work great.  You just have to rinse them out and then throw them in with your regular (machine) laundry.  No fuss, no muss --- just the way I like it (don't have much time for handwashing stuff).
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2008 06:56:05 AM »

fascinating... honestly, this just never occured to me
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008 03:39:38 PM »

Okay,so what holds it on?  It looks uncomfortable,just like regular pads. Why not just use tampons? They're biodegradable!!
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2008 10:56:34 PM »

No offense camino, but ew.  If the tampons are bleached that's a lot of nasty chemicals in you.  And it's a lot more money to keep on buying tampons.

I use cloth pads since when I had my son I developed an allergy to disposable pads.  Frankly, I don't have time to sew cute pads (wish I did) so I just used folded up washcloths designated for me.  Works well enough.  Then I just wash them with my cloth diapers.

Please, I direct everyone to this site:  http://www.goods4girls.org/   
It's a site that sends cloth pads to girls in Africa.  It's a great cause and every little bit helps!
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2008 02:01:50 AM »

Okay,so what holds it on?  It looks uncomfortable,just like regular pads. Why not just use tampons? They're biodegradable!!

Actually, I find them much more comfortable - no rustly diaper noises, no rashes or itching from the chemicals and plastic, etc. Also, they can be held on with snaps, velcro, whatever. Tampons may be biodegradable, but their packaging isn't, and the chemicals involved aren't good for the environment. Plus, they're disposable, so you use tons of them. Biodegradable or not, that's wasteful. Cloth pads are multi-use and last for a long time, plus you can make them to the perfect shape for your body. No more leaks!
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