It’s not that hard to make your own cloth pads. You can even hand sew them if you have no sewing machine, and there are plenty of shapes and sizes for you to choose from.
You can buy new fabrics, reuse old fabrics (cut up t-shirts and towels for example). So you can go as elaborate or as cheap as you like.
Here you’ll find sewing guides for several types of pad, that should (hopefully) be easy to follow. Also patterns available for download. If you like a shorter or longer pad, you can easily adapt the patterns to suit you. There is a guide to drafting your own pad pattern, which can help you alter pad patterns or make you own to suit you.
As well as information on the fabrics you might like to use, and even on different types of cloth pad you can make (with advantages and disadvantages of both from a wearing and making point of view.)
- Understanding Fabrics
- Padmaking on a budget
- Pad Pattern Links
- Obsi’s Craptastic (free) Pad Patterns
- Resizing a pattern from an image
- Drafting your own Pad Pattern – Symmetrical Pad
- Drafting your own Pad Pattern – Longer/wider backed Pads
- Pattern piece layout
- Pad Stencil Idea
- Methods for marking absorbency
- Padmaking Tips
Pad Construction Guides
- AIO – Hidden Core method (Now with video!)
- AIO – Core Stitched method
- AIO – Exposed Core method
- Belted pads
- Belted pad from an old bra
- Base & Insert Pads
- Boostable Pads
- Foldup Pads
- Pocket Pads
“Turned and Topstitched” (T&T)
Refers to the method of making the pads where you put the layers together in a certain order, then sew around the pad leaving a gap through which you turn the pad inside out (which actually becomes the right way), then run a line of stitching around close to the edge, to create a pad with a nice neatly finished edge.
An overlocker or serger is a special sewing machine that cuts the edge of the fabric and sews it at the same time. The stitching covers the edges to stop fraying. You can use the “zigzag” setting on your sewing machine to do a similar thing if you don’t have one of those machines. Using one of these machines means you can quickly edge boosters/inserts or pads without needing to T&T