Published on February 25th, 2009 | by Lenore MacLeod-Bickley8
Make Both Mother Nature and Aunt Flo Happy
There is something that happens to most women every month, regardless of if they talk about it, hide it, or pretend it doesn’t exist. That is our periods. It’s arguably the lamest part of any given month, and few women that I know talk about it with excitement. Well, I just found a great pattern for a washable pad that could make periods a little less of a pain.
Washable pads are more eco-friendly because they produce signifcantly less waste than regular OTC pads. They’re also more sustainable because some pad companies douse their napkins in chemical scents and absorbers. If you make enough to last you through your cycle, you can avoid using any regular pads. They’re also a good way to get rid of some scrap fabric, since you don’t need a lot of fabric to make one. On top of all that, they are a real money saver!
These are by no means a new thing on the market. There are washable pads that you can buy at your local co-op, or online. I think that making your own, however, is the better option. Not only do you get to pick your own patterns and fabrics, but only you know how how your body is shaped and the best fit. The best pattern I have found for a DIY washable pad is here at Burda Style (an open-source sewing website with free, printable patterns).
I am in the process of getting all the materials ready so that I can make a bunch of my own. All you need is enough cotton fabric to make the double sided pad, velcro, and cotton batting for the inside.