If you didn’t see my post on why I love using cloth pads – check it out here.
If you want to try your hand at making your own, read on. It’s really not terribly hard and I was able to sit down and whip up a month’s worth in one day.
The amounts needed are fairly subjective depending on how many you want to make. You can make a few with 1/4 yards of fabric or quite a lot with 1 yard of fabric each. You will need more batting per pad than fabric.
Natural Quilt Batting (I like the Warm & Natural brand)
Black 100 % Cotton Fabric
Flannel Fabric (in a fun print, of course!)
-Flannel helps to keep the pad from sliding when worn against your underwear.
Snap setting kit
Serger or sewing machine with zig-zag stitch setting
-Print out my patterns for the outer fabric layers and inner batting layers. Print them at the 8×11 paper size for the true pattern size. Pattern Cloth Pads 1
– *Tip* Before cutting them out, cover front and back of layers with packaging tape to help strengthen your patterns for tracing.
-Trace the smaller pattern onto the quilt batting in a tessellating pattern. I found it was easiest to use a marker to trace on the batting. Cut out.
-Each pad consists of these layers:
-1 Flannel layer for the outside bottom
-3 Quilt batting layers
-2 Cotton layers – one will be inside and the other will be the outside top.
-Layer each pad with the flannel (right side facing down) followed by the quilt batting and then the two cotton layers on the top.
-Pin all four sides to keep all your layers from shifting!
-Rotate the piece around and do the exact same stitching on the bottom curve. *The hardest part of the whole process is serging the inner curves. The stitching tends to want to come away from the inner curved edge if you don’t swing it around close enough. It took me several times to get the hang of it.*
This tutorial is based on the one at http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/PADS.html. Jan Andrea has much more technical images on her tutorial than I have here if you need a better idea of what a tessellating pattern looks like, etc. I originally made my first pads using her patterns but I found them to be a bit too small to fit easily and so I came up with a slightly bigger pattern. I credit Jan with the original know-how for this tutorial!