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121  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: December 03, 2007 12:14:36 PM
It felt an okay fabric to use for part of the absorbency core? I'm not sure how absorbent it is, so I was wondering if anyone else has tried using it.
Wool is absorbent, but it doesnt absorb fast. Best case scenario felt would leave you feeling damp.
Old towels are the best thing for the absorbent part in my experience, and free. You can get a ton of pads from 1 old bathtowel.
122  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: November 29, 2007 12:31:14 PM
are cloth pads ok to use on a heavy flow?  most of my periods are a heavy flow, and I need something that will protect my clothes from stains a bit better... O.o

One of the benefits of these pads is that you tailor them to your own needs: the size shape and absorbency is chosen by you. As far as protecting clothing I cut up an old ski jacket and used 1 layer of the waterproof fabric under the body and wings of the pads. I had no leaks whatsoever and wore one on my heaviest day, and (tmi??) definitely soaked it but my jeans are completely stain-free. I definitely recommend making a few up to try out. I did a sort of test on mine with a bottle of water to see how they absorbed to reassure myself before wearing them. I found 2 layers of old towel on a 12-inch long pad with waterproof lining to be more than enough for the heaviest night.

And for everyone: I tried several patterns, This one http://shewhorunsintheforest.googlepages.com/008  being my favorite. It is for a liner but I found using 1-2 layers of old towel in it worked fine. I cut an additional 'wing' layer out of the waterproof fabric and stitched it so it is on the inside.
This site has a few other patterns on it's main page http://shewhorunsintheforest.googlepages.com/
123  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: November 28, 2007 09:17:13 PM
I just want to say I'm finishing my first period on cloth pads and they are AMAZING. The difference between disposables and cloth pads is as big as the difference between a scratchy polyester work uniform and baggy flannel jammies. The bit of extra work washing them isn't as much of a hassle as I thought it would be.
I tend to have a very light 2-3 days at the end of my cycle and cloth pads are especially ideal for these days. Before cloth pads I would either use a tampon and feel continuously dry and scraped because my flow was so light, or use a disposable pad and end up with a rash and feeling icky from the contact with moisture.
124  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me identify these mystery presser feet please (img included) on: November 25, 2007 03:02:00 PM
Thanks so much guys! Now to figure out how to use them all  Shocked
125  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Help me identify these mystery presser feet please (img included) on: November 24, 2007 07:51:09 PM
With my machine I received 8 presser feet. Unfortunately I have no manual and can't bring one up online for this model (it is 10 or so years old).
If anyone can educate me on the purpose of any of these feet and how to use them, I would be very grateful.
Thanks for looking.

Link to larger pic here http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a219/geekgoddess777/DSC00353-1.jpg?t=1195962635
126  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Ketchup and Mustard Monster Hat (image heavy) on: November 21, 2007 08:15:19 AM
The fiber and the hat are just beautiful. It's one of those things you just have to smile at when you see. Love it.
127  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Id Kinda liketa pokeya.....or pierce I suppose.... hostess gift? maybe? on: November 20, 2007 12:32:38 PM
At first  thought they were hair sticks. Maybe they would work for that-- how long are they?
128  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cord Pants to skirt on: November 20, 2007 11:11:02 AM
Thanks guys Cheesy This is the first project I've posted on Craftster.

StefanieNIN yes these pants I bought sometime around 1998-2000.

They are an awesome color, cord doesn't photograph as richly colored as it really is. There is no stretch in the fabric though and they fit awkwardly- very high and tight waisted then baggy in the butt and thighs. So I didn't mind butchering them as I'd never wear them otherwise.
129  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Cord Pants to skirt on: November 19, 2007 08:54:12 AM
Thanks guys! I love it and it is very warm and comfy. It's hard to find clothes that fit me well since I'm not built like store bought clothes are- I am wider across the belly button than at the hips and my 'waist' is up at the bottom of my ribcage. No complaints though, my funny little body is healthy and it does encourage me to sew properly fitting clothes.
130  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cord Pants to skirt on: November 18, 2007 10:54:17 PM
So I had these burgandy  cords that were wayyy too small.

So I cut the legs off, sliced them up and sewed them into the side seam of the pants.
2 DVDs later I had this wicked skirt.

The finished product being worn:

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