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March 4, 2005

As promised, details on our reusable pad making session. First of all, if this grosses anyone out. Sorry. We (my friends and I collectively) got so many negative responses about our little project that I can only come to the conclusion that, on the whole, women are very uncomfortable with their bodily functions. Well, after using cloth diapers, nursing and practicing natural family planning, reusable pads aren’t much further on the scale of gross or bodily fluid factors.

We kind of morphed our own pattern out of several that we saw. Basing prices on ones you can purchase from Glad Rags, I estimate that we would have each spent at least $150-200 buying the same amount of pads that we made yesterday. We spent less than $40 on supplies for all four of us. That’s less than $10 apiece! You can’t beat that for something that will last at least 3-5 years. The other advantage is that we got to choose fabrics that we liked and customize our thicknesses. You ladies know how important that is. And they are all cotton using only flannel and terry on some of them.

So, without further ado, here are two samples of our work. The red and the purple bottoms are covers that wrap around your undies like a regular winged pad. The cover has two strips of velcro to attach the liner (the patterned one), which in the picture is simply pantyliner thickness, but we made all the way up to overnight/postpartum thickness and several in between.

We made 11 covers each and 20 liners apiece. Not too bad for a day’s work. One of my friends brought her serger with her. I am not a frequent sewer, so I didn’t really know what a serger did, besides that recognizable edging. Wow! They are AWESOME! That surger saved us so much time, because it cuts excess material while it is sewing. We didn’t have to cut fabric shapes to match. The machine took care of that. I’m still amazed by sergers.

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