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« Reply #760 on: August 22, 2009 08:21:20 AM »

I did it! I spent an afternoon making up about 5 pads from cotton fabric that I had on hand and sewed buttons and hand made buttonholes on the wings. I took an old towel and cut out long ovals slightly smaller than the outer part of the pad was. Some of these I stitched around with a zig zag stitch and also made lines down the middles to see if it helped. Everything I used was already on hand, so these were free except for a few hours of my time. I did use an overnight pad to trace a pattern, in order to make sure that there was plenty of coverage front to back.

Results...No leaks whatsoever! Easy to wash up. I just soaked the soiled pads and liners (pulling them apart) in an old plastic ice cream tub in cold water for a few hours, then swished and wrung out. Very easy and not icky at all. Little to no smell from using the cloth pads, in fact it was much preferable to using disposables. And I usually have at least one heavy day, but this week there was none of that, which I hope is from not having any chemicals in my pads because I want a period like this every month! I slept wonderfully with a cloth pad and 2 liners inside (for added protection, but it never went much into the second liner, if any), although I did lay an old towel on the bed just in case but never needed it. These cloth pads feel like there's nothing there except my undies and I love how easy they were to make and use! Sold on them for sure!  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #761 on: August 22, 2009 08:28:30 AM »

And I usually have at least one heavy day, but this week there was none of that, which I hope is from not having any chemicals in my pads because I want a period like this every month!

 Grin My periods got much better too when I switched to cloth a few years ago.

« Reply #762 on: August 22, 2009 08:38:35 AM »

I thought they'd get better, but I just didn't expect them to improve so drastically with just the first month!  Cheesy
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« Reply #763 on: September 03, 2009 05:12:25 PM »

Not only do I smell better, but I'm no longer plagued by reoccuring yeast infections.  Even after being on antibiotics, no infections Grin

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« Reply #764 on: November 15, 2009 02:03:54 PM »

Usually I'm a bit of a lurker, but this post both inspired me to join and become a friend of crafster! I think this is a pretty good idea since i end up staining at least one pair of panties a cycle, so I'm not opposed to washing them out. But I think I'm in love with the idea that these things can make your period lighter. Seriously... YAY! I have a medical issue where my period can last anywhere from 10 to 60 days, with less than a week in between. I know, sucks to be me. Sad But these would probably make me excited to have my period. I like looking at pretty things, why not keep pretty things in my undies?
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« Reply #765 on: January 21, 2010 09:45:08 PM »

I don't need them currently... we're 21 days from scheduled c-section for second baby, but I will need these postpartum! My first was exclusively breastfed and I still had periods. Stinks, huh?

I'm inspired to make these for myself. Better for me, better for my wallet! I hate disposables and I go through them like nothing; really heavy periods will do that.  Roll Eyes
Now I just need to get the materials.

« Reply #766 on: April 06, 2010 08:54:25 PM »

You can use that, but really, I have noticed that a waterproof layer is really unnecessary (for me anyway). If you are having a particularly heavy day, you can always insert an extra absorber pad for safety.

Thanks for this earth-saving idea, thixle!
  But, I don't quite get what to use as the waterproof layer.  Do they sell it in the fabric store (I keep picturing in my head that stuff they make gym shorts from.)
or I have some left over vinyl around. Do you think I could use that?
« Reply #767 on: April 07, 2010 08:58:47 AM »

Thank you so much for posting this!  I have been wanting to make these for a while.  This is such an easy tutorial to follow, too!

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« Reply #768 on: April 16, 2010 10:55:31 PM »

Hello! I've used your tut to create many successful pads. As a thank you, though I'm sure you've already made some, I'm giving you the link to my tut on making overnight pads: http://diyclothpads.blogspot.com/
« Reply #769 on: July 29, 2010 01:41:34 PM »

You know, for years I have experienced irritation from the use of disposable pads. At first I thought that maybe my blood (and uteran lining or whatever else comes out during my 'Crimson Tide') was causing the irritation. I thought that washing myself properly every time I changed (thank goodness I never had to change at school) would help but I still got a little skin irritation. My mother and I both have these ridiculous skin allergies to quite a lot of things. After reading this, it makes sense that the disposable pads themselves are the culprit. I am very hypochondriacal so I was skeptical about using these cloth pads. However, after much though, I realized that I could make like 8 pads and use 4 a day and switch every other day. It may seem a bit too frequent but it gives me better piece of mind. At least, no skin irritation and I'm already used to heavily disinfecting my clothing anyway. If you can get a hyponchondriac to make the switch, I believe anyone can make the switch. Thank you!

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