Washable Cotton Pads Made From Old Flannel Sheets
Almost all sanitary napkins and tampons are made with bleached rayon, cotton and plastics. Feminine menstrual products are a $718 million dollar industry and the waste from these single-use products is monumental. There are reusable alternatives, like these DIY washable menstrual pads that one of our Buy Nothing Project members makes. Introducing Emily Groff, a do-it-yourselfer who has found a great option for women’s health!
By Emily Groff
Wash the sheets in hot water to make sure there’s no “shrink” left in them. Cut them up into squares approximately 10″x8″. Stack three squares together and fasten with a single pin in the middle. Trace around a finished pad, or make yourself a template: take a piece of cardboard (cereal boxes work great, or old manilla file folders) and draw a rounded diamond shape, 9.5″ on the long axis, 6″ on the short axis. Cut it out, and use it to trace the shape of the pad onto the fabric.
Serge along that line. Here I’ve used a four thread overlock, but anything that finishes the edge is fine. Tie off the thread.
Apply a set of hammer-on snaps according to the directions on the package. The snaps go at the corners of the side flaps. Be sure that you’ve got the snaps facing the correct direction!
To use the pad, wrap it around the crotch of your undies and snap in place.
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