After forking out $14.99 a piece for cloth menstrual pads, and loving them, I decided to be more...frugal. A client of mine gave me several old receiving blankets and baby bath towels, and I promised her I'd make her some nursing pads.
So I started out by tracing one of my Lunapads on a piece of paper. You can use any brand, cloth or disposable, to make your pattern.
It wasn't very even, so I cut it in half and used the half to cut my fabric.
What type of fabric should you use? After looking on several websites for ideas, I decided on flannel and bamboo. The green material is a receiving blanket my client gave me, and the bamboo is some I bought from a cloth diaper supply shop last summer.
I traced the pattern for the center panel out of the bamboo. I decided to use 3 layers or bamboo and 2 layers of flannel for absorbency.
This is an idea of what the pad will look like when done.
I don't have a serger, so I did a basic stitch on my machine around the edge of the pad body.
Then I laid the 3 layers of bamboo on the center of the pad and stitched it with the same stitch, creating the absorbent center. The bamboo is so soft! I know it's going to make a fabulous menstrual pad!
Now, I don't have any metal snaps on hand, but I have the plastic KAM snaps I use for diaper-making.
To apply KAM snaps, you start by punching a hole where you want to apply the snap.
The cap of the snap has a long prong, which sometimes needs to be trimmed when being applied to thin fabric. I do this with PUL, and did it again with the flannel.
Total Cost for this project: $.60
Flannel, free. Bamboo, less than .50 for enough fabric for this project. Snaps: .10
Now, go out and DIY!
Good day, and God Bless!
EDIT: I had issues with leaking through the pad, so I added a layer of PUL fabric and it worked fabulously!