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81  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: April 13, 2006 07:42:23 AM
I came across this thread tonight and I am really wanting to make some of these. I have questions, though, that I haven't seen answers to in the 10 pages that I've read, and I don't want to have to go through all 55 pages, so I am hoping someone can help me.

My first question is do you have to make the insert removable, or can you sew all the layers together in one piece? I would think it would be easier if it were all one piece, then just wash the whole thing instead of pulling out the insert.

My second question is the fabrics. I notice most are flannel, but one link I followed said something about fleece. Would you use the fleece on the top, for softness? And would it be absorbent? I know how it feels to the hand, I can only imagine how it would feel down there.

My last question would be about thickness. I am a plus sized gal, and most all of my seven days is pretty heavy. How much would I need to use to make sure I didn't have to worry about leaking? A lot of times I have problems with it leaking around the sides, from the shifting as I walk or even while I am sitting. Not so much to do with the pad itself, but the underwear moving around. If I make some, I want to make sure they are thick enough, but not too thick. Most heavy days I have to wear two overnighters overlapped, and even then sometimes have to change them out every few hours. It really sucks, not to mention gets expensive.

I am really excited about trying these out. Hubby got me a sewing machine for Christmas. I didn't have the heart to tell him I don't know how to sew, just crochet and knit, but I am trying to learn, and this would be a good thing to pratice on. Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. THANKS!


My personal experience as a plus sizer is that one i started using cloth pads, my flow evened out and became lighter and I have less cramping. While I'm not saying that cloth pads are the reason I am saying that the two events happened at the same time. I was a double padding overnighter myself, and after i started using cloth for day to day i started using some old and decrepit hand towels folded over (so old and thin that they were not bulky) for nighttime. This has saved me lots of money in the last three-four years, what i used to buy every two months now lasts 4-6 months.
82  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kitchen rack on: December 14, 2005 06:49:30 AM
Neato Burritio!!!! That's very inventive! It could be painted to match any kitchen! Good job!
83  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: A Crafty Jew's Crafty Tattoos! on: October 11, 2005 12:31:11 PM
 Grin I think the one on your ankle with the baby's feeties and name RAWKS! That is seriously
84  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: roll-up organizer for use with any tool. on: October 05, 2005 07:11:13 AM
 Wink I love this idea! And now your sister has something unique, useful and wonderful that nobody else has!
85  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: I was Once a Quilter- Hippie/Boho Patchwork Applique Bag! on: September 19, 2005 09:50:11 AM
 Wink That is a pretty darn cool bag!!!!!
86  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: September 07, 2005 07:29:53 AM
I like it with raisins!
87  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: September 07, 2005 06:35:21 AM
 Grin I saw cratfyjen's avatar and now I really really want a banana pudding! The good kind, made with a cooked pudding, not that instant gloop folks try and pass off on you sometimes.
88  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: September 01, 2005 06:13:37 AM
Sure, you can eat tortillas on their own, the flour ones are a quick and easy breakfast warmed up on a skillet and smothered in butter and jelly, or some leftover meat and eggs. Just about anything that you like in a sandwich will be just fine wrapped up in a tortilla.
89  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: can someone explain American food to an Aussie?? on: August 31, 2005 02:44:45 PM
Have to agree with you on the chicken and dumplings! Oh, so good when done right!!!!(How come there is no drooling smiley?)

Has anybody ever introduced you to dumplings made from flour tortillas? If not, I respectfully suggest that you run, not walk, but run for the nearest exit. They are so vile!
90  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: HELPPPP last-minute school concern!!! on: August 31, 2005 08:21:26 AM
Does someone have a copier that you could use to make copies of your books by chapter or unit, one year I managed to get four pages of a smaller textbook on one sheet of paper using 2 sided function and then I only had to carry a chapter at a time rather than lug the entire book around.
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