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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2004 10:56:01 PM »

you beat me to it! my first tutorial was going to be cloth pads. but yours are prolly better anywho.
i try and use my cloth pads every month, but i'm lazy and don't have enough so i end up just using folded up pieces of old bath towel. ha. soo lazy.
i used to prefer tampons too. until i read up about what they do to your body, and i read up on the statistics of how many end up on beaches and stuff,.
eww imagine getting a used tampon in your hair while swimming at the beach.
anyway. nice tutorial. and wahoo for people looking after their bodies! the female body is amazing and the vagina is such an amazing little eco-system.
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2004 02:38:05 PM »

thats cool
but what would u do if u went somewhere and had to change it? put it in a plastic baggie?

Yep, you can pop them in a baggie! You could even make a matching pouch to hold the baggie! And the pads can fold in on themselves...

I've got 3 different sized patterns up now, as well as how to make the inserts! It's all here:
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2004 11:56:48 AM »

Yes I was just going to say for those of you who prefer tampons there's a reusable alternatice.  SEA SPONGES!!!! I kid you not.  I get mine at an art store by the paint supplies in a bag full of about 6.  That costs about $2.00.  ANd you can use one for maybe 2 cycles.  They are softer and much more comfortable than tampons.  But you can't be squeemish a about blood.  Youjust rinse em out with hot water and soap.  And before you use a new one, boil it to kill bacteria.  I've used them for about 2 years.  And when I'm going somewhere where there's not a private bathroom, i just use unbleached cotton tampons.  It cuts down so much on $$ and waste, ebcause i use a total of 1 box of tampons for an entire year.

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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2004 06:06:26 PM »

Oh!  This is great.  I've used the Keeper for years now, but hadn't yet invested in cloth pads.  Now I won't have to!  I'll just make my own!

Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial.
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« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2004 09:14:17 AM »

Kudos for this AWESOME tutorial!!!
I've been wanting to make these for some time, but have been too lazy to come up with my own pattern.  I haven't tried to make one yet, but your instructions look clear & very easy to follow. Yay!
I was curious also... how well do these pads work overnight? Or perhaps a larger version with more toweling would do fine?

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« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2004 10:17:36 AM »

very funny ditty there firehead!

I've made pads and recommend dark fabric, but that's probably obvious- one thing I would say is to try the pad on - over your skivvies, just as if you would during Aunt Flow- and before you add the closer- either snap, velcro- I just sewed mine with abandon and discovered some were too loose and wound up creeping around  Tongue

I used old (dark) flannel pajama bottoms as the material was very soft and towels for my inserts

i also vote for sponge- with a bit of sanitised string added for ease of removal  - but they are not for the easily squemish of faint of heart, tho honestly one should really be well acquainted with their Lady Below
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2004 05:51:30 PM »

I am so glad everyone has responded so well! (And sorry if I chased off any of the males on the board).

Okay, I just put up an "Overnight" sized pattern. So, the sizes I have in patterns now are:
Panty Liner (6 inches)
Regular (7 3/4 inches)
Super (10 inches)
Overnight (12 inches)

Something for everyone! Yeah!

ps- I used the Super, with 2 towel layers when Aunt Flo was at her worst last month, and still no leakage.
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2004 09:04:17 AM »

i'm so excited, i've always wanted to try these but i'm too cheap to buy them. this is going to be my next project.  but i'm a little confused as to the washing of them, you soak\rinse them, but do you have to put them in the washing machine right away or can you wait until there are a few to wash? (meaning how immediate must they be cleaned?)

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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2004 09:23:53 PM »

.feels.blind.-- You don't have to wash them immediately.  Just make sure to change the soaking water everyday. Shocked
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2004 06:54:15 PM »

For anyone who's uncertain about cloth pads, or for those who love them and are called to defend them, here's an excellent link, "Eight Myths About Washable Menstrual Pads Dispelled":

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