How To Make Reusable Sanitary Pads For Women

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We have a new sewing project for you! I came across this idea and decided to try it out. Today on Beginner Sewing Projects, we are going to show you How To Make Reusable Sanitary Pads For Women. These are not only functional but also cost-effective as you do not have to keep buying sanitary pads that you are always throwing away. Gone are the days of bulky diaper feeling and sounding pads. Get ready to stock your bathrooms with these sanitary pads you can make yourself. These are great for beginner sewers and girls who are new to monthly cycles, but definitely not limited to menstrual cycles. These can also be used for incontinence issues as well. I remember walking to the bathroom trying to hide my sanitary pads the best I could, but not anymore! Walk the halls with confidence with this quick and easy sewing tutorial. If you are someone who wants to help save mother earth or want something different, this simple sewing project is for you. You can make these in about half an hour. Try them out and if they work for you, you can make a bunch in no time at all. This sewing project comes with a free sewing pattern to help you cut out the shapes you need for these sanitary pads.

Reusable sanitary pads

The pattern pieces really make this project super easy to complete. Now you just need to pick out some fabric you love and break out your sewing supplies. We have a list of what you’ll need below. This project is designed for beginners, so you won’t need anything more than a few basic supplies. Let’s get started on this easy sewing project!

How To Make Reusable Sanitary Pads For Women

What You’ll Need:

supplies

I don’t know about you but I love shopping for supplies for a sewing project. I could spend hours walking around the fabric or craft stores looking for everything I need. Sometimes I even grab a hot or iced coffee beforehand! The supplies needed for this sewing tutorial are pretty easy to find. I love all the pretty fleece I recently saw at my local fabric store and it gets me all excited! One thing I always recommend are a good pair of fabric scissors and a rotary cutter, mat & ruler. Good scissors are a must-have for those more intricate pattern cuts and the rotary cutter makes quick work of pretty much any fabric and makes cuting curves a breeze.

How To Make Reusable Sanitary Pads For Women

Print and cut patterns

First up on this how to make reusable sanitary pads sewing tutorial, you are going to print and cut out patterns. From the first pattern piece you will cut two of the fleece fabric and with the second pattern you are going to cut one of the Zorb fabric. This process is going to make one pad.

Pin Zorb to fabric

Once your fabric is cut out, pin the Zorb fabric piece to the wrong side of the flannel piece of fabric.

Sew Zorb to fabric

Now it’s time to sew! Stitch around the entire Zorb piece, sewing the two together.

Layer and pin fabrics

Place the one piece of flannel wrong side down and place the piece with the Zorb wrong side up. This will have the right sides facing each other inward.

Sew layers together

Now on this how to make reusable sanitary pads sewing tutorial, stitch around the entire piece but leave a small opening on the tab to turn right side out.

Turn right side out

Turn the pad right side out. Be sure to fold in the edges of the opening you turned it through.

Top stitch around pad

Now you are going to run a top stitch around the entire outside of the pad to finish off the main part.

Sew zig zag down pad

This next part on this how to make reusable sanitary pads sewing tutorial is optional, but I always tend to do this step. Stitch with a small zigzag stitch down the pad in thirds. This also helps the pad to stay better intact when washing. It also allows it to absorb better too!

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Poke hole for snaps

Now we will attach the snaps. You are going to poke a hole on both flaps where your snaps are going to go. Poking the hole prior to adding the snaps helps them go through the fabric easier.

Add snaps

For the final step in this sewing tutorial, you are going to load the snaps into the snap press and squeeze them together. You might need to add a bit of pressure so they get a good hold. Your reusable sanitary pads for women are now complete! You will come to love the snap press and will want to find so many other uses for it!

Finished product

Aren’t these fun? I love the flamingos, they are my favorites. I love when we can come together and make something from start to finish. You spend a little bit of time and have something that can be used over and over again. One of the things I love about these reusable sanitary pads for women is that they have many uses. They are great for helping out with those little bladder control leaks as well as extra absorption in your baby’s diapers. On long road trips, I would add one to their diapers to help keep them drier longer. Once you are done with one you can simply toss it in the laundry and they are ready to use again.

 Easy Sew Reusable Sanitary Pads For Women

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How To Make A Reusable Sanitary Pad For Women

How To Make A Reusable Sanitary Pad For Women

Save the environment and your bank account with these great reusable sanitary pads. Make these your new go to each month with stylish patterns and super absorbing fabrics.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $15.00

Instructions

  1. Print and cut out patterns. Pattern 1 cut 2 of the fleece fabric. Pattern 2 cut 1 of the Zorb fabric. This is to make one pad. 
  2. Pin the Zorb piece to the wrong side of the flannel piece.
  3. Stitch around the entire Zorb piece. Place the one piece of flannel wrong side down and place the piece with the Zorb wrong side up. This will have the right sides facing each other inward.
  4. Stitch around the entire piece but leave a small opening on the tab to turn right side in. 
  5. Turn right side in and then flip the tab whole inside.
  6. Topstitch the entire outside of the pad. 
  7. This next part is optional. Stitch with a small zigzag stitch down the pad in thirds. This also helps the pad to stay better intact when washing. It also allows it to absorb better. 
  8. Now you are going to poke a hole on both flaps where your snaps are going to go.
  9. Ok, now you are going to load the snaps into the snap press and squeeze them together.
  10. Enjoy

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