When you use cloth diapers, it’s easy to consider reusable cloth menstrual pads.
Don’t be scared! As with cloth diapers, anything absorbent will do. If you want the simplest solution, use rags or towels. If you want a tidy cloth pad with less bulk, you can easily make your own from the patterns and instructions below. Though you can use any absorbent material, heavy brushed twill flannel makes the toughest, longest lasting pads.
Cleaning is easy. Toss them in with the diapers. Wash & dry a dozen pads on hot, and you are ready for next month.
SEWING & MAKING
Yes, that’s right. I still remember the moment of dawning realization when I first read reusable tampon instructions on Born to Love last century (OK, in 1999). It’s not so difficult as you might imagine.
The best cloth pad pattern layout with no wasted scraps comes from Jan Andrea’s Baby Crafts.
Printable cloth pad pattern (enlarge 200%) with instructions from Sleeping Baby Productions through Millennium Ark.
Simple cloth pad sewing instructions with photos from Diaper Sewing.
Simple shape cloth pad sewing instructions with photos from DownSizer.
Sanitary pad sewing instructions with photos from Hillbilly Housewife.
How to Wiki with cloth pad sewing instructions and step-by-step photos.
Now that you made all of those pretty pads, where will you store them? If you have pets, make sure you have a container with a lid.
I use a steel garbage can with a pedal. The liner has a handle. I just take the liner out, dump into the washer, and the cycle continues. Keeping the pads in a dry container like this means there are more stains. To avoid stains, try a soaking pot.
ceramic pot for pads.
If you want a pretty place to store your pretty pads, throw a pot, use an old teapot, or find any appealing shape that will let you pour the soaking water onto houseplants. If you are looking to buy, PrimalMommy has the most beautiful pots we’ve seen.
DIY Cloth Nursing Pads
Sometimes nursing mothers need absorbent cloth nursing pads to avoid that terrible wet shirt front. I know some of you know what I mean. Any shape will work, but a simple circle will show the least. You may want to add a small dart to get a better fit, or felt wool roving to your own round shape. For easy homemade nursing pads, use fabric scraps about 4″ across. I like lightweight wool because wool absorbs and holds moisture.