How To Make Reusable Menstrual Pads

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It’s all about how to make reusable menstrual pads today. Are you prepared for that time of the month? You know that topic (Maturation) no one wants to talk about, typically. But, hey, it’s life and we need to be ready if the stores are closed or the shelves at those stores are empty, right? I look back when I was younger and I had to purchase tampons or menstrual pads.

Why was I embarrassed to throw those items in the shopping basket? Now, I think what’s the big deal? But I didn’t think that back when I was 16 or 17 years old. I really start to giggle that I even worried about that sort of thing, but I did.

Now I could walk down the grocery store aisle with them piled high with all the glory of knowing I have tampons and menstrual pads for my guests or the neighborhood after a major disaster. Oh, how life changes for the good, right?

Have you had your kids or grandkids come to the house and someone whispers, “Do you have any tampons or pads grandma?” Yep, I sure do in the cupboard. I’m a preparedness chick, remember?

Now, today, let’s talk about the tampons and the pads, please stock a few boxes or packages just in case a visitor needs some, whether you no longer need them or not. Thank goodness, I’m past that period of time in my life. Hallelujah!

Here’s the deal, I am going to share with you how you can make your own reusable menstrual pads. Now, some people may think this is some weird idea. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t.

What if we are unable to go to the store after a disaster and you are totally out of the tampons or pads? Now what? Oh yeah, we could roll up a washcloth and put in our panties if we had too. You may need a small bucket to store them until you wash them.

After a grid down we could wash them by hand, we may have to wash cloth diapers, so it’s better to be prepared BEFORE we need them and we can’t purchase them.

I can hear some people saying, there is no way I am making these, let alone going to use them. I get it, I really do. But on the other hand, I raised my daughters on cloth diapers. I have heard young mothers say, there is no way I am using cloth diapers. I get it, I do.

BUT, if the store shelves are empty, are you prepared for what I call Plan B (cloth diapers, safety pins, and rubber pants). Just something to think about. They are washable and reusable and cheaper in the long run and better for the environment and landfill.

These are pretty reasonable, I bought some cheaper diaper pins and I can’t even open them so be careful when you purchase diaper pins if you decide you may need to store them. And don’t forget the rubber pants.

I have seen some pretty fancy reusable diapers, but I’m too cheap to buy those. Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers, White, Pack of 10 I would check your local store for some rubber pants to cover the diapers, along with some GOOD diaper pins.

Brenda suggested: double stick tape, I love this!

Menstrual  Pads

What you’ll need to make these:

Flannel, old nightgowns, old flannel shirts or some yards of flannel purchased at your local fabric store.

Filler to put inside the flannel outside layers so they will absorb a little more each month. Warm & Natural Cotton Batting-Crib Size 45″X60″

Thread.

A sewing machine that has a zigzag stitch. Ask a neighbor if you don’t have a sewing machine, make it a neighborhood project. Order bagels and serve milk and juice. Make it a project everyone can do.

Scissors, a cutting board or rotary cutter, they all work. Anyone who sews has these items.

Here’s the deal I have seen some online reusable menstrual pads with wings or flaps. That’s too complicated for me, but if you want to add a flap that would be easy. I’m a shortcut chick, if it’s complicated I won’t make them. That’s how I roll. It has to be easy. Mine is a rectangle shape, easy peasy. Keep in mind, you can make these smaller in size and thicker for those heavier flow days.

time of the month

You can see above I cut some pink flannel into 12-inch sections.

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Then I cut the pink flannel into 4-inch sections. Therefore these are simple, 4-inch by 12-inch pieces of the pink flannel and the same size of batting. The batting is very absorbent so I used one flannel backside up, layered two pieces of the batting and layered the last piece of flannel right-side up. They are now ready to zigzag the edges. Easy peasy. If you need then thicker, add another layer of batting. Awesome! Cheap! Soft and reusable!

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Here they are from left to right, flannel, two layers of batting, the stack ready to sew, the pinned menstrual pad for the time of the month, the finished one that was zigzagged around. The farthest one on the right is the store purchased throw-away kind. I then used my ruler and left-handed rotary cutter to even the edges after sewing.

They are washable and will save you so much money! It’s all about saving money, being prepared for that time of the month and never running out of menstrual pads. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected. Someone in your neighborhood or family will need these, I promise!

P.S. these would be great for older people who may have a little incontinence.

12 thoughts on “How To Make Reusable Menstrual Pads

  • May 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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    Thanks for mentioning the unmentionable, Linda. My little granddaughter is growing up fast & will soon need these items. Yes, you’ve done it again–I never thought to store some of these for her!

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    • May 31, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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      Hi Roxanne, I keep trying to think of everything we may need. They are actually quite fun to make and very cheap because I’m using scraps! Linda

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  • March 23, 2018 at 7:37 am
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    I love this post! I’m one of the ones that have an issue with incontience. I am preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. thank you so much for this post and all the others.

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    • March 23, 2018 at 11:48 am
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      Hi Deborah, you are not alone! Trust me people don’t talk about it but so many have an issue with incontinence. Thank you for your kind words, that means so much to me! Linda

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  • March 23, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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    I’m wondering how the menstrual pads attach to the panty? I like your pattern, but not sure how they stay in place when using them. Thanks!
    Tana

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    • March 23, 2018 at 4:17 pm
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      Hi Tana, they do not attach to the panty but they are extra long and hopefully will stay in place. I know some girls that have tried them out and love them. They used my pattern and made them in darker colors but I had the light pink and blue flannel for baby quilt gifts so I used it. I have hundreds to hand out when needed. I have seen a pattern with “wings” but I wanted to make them quickly so I made them longer hoping they will stay in place. Linda

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      • March 23, 2018 at 4:28 pm
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        Thank you! I will make a couple and have my daughter and granddaughter try them. I think I actually like the paler colors like the blues and pinks in these. I had not heard of using quilt batting though before. Good idea! Thank you again. I appreciate your posts!
        Tana

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        • March 23, 2018 at 7:01 pm
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          Hi, Tana, I used the cotton batting because I had some and thought it might absorb more. I wish I had thought of these when my four daughters were growing up. I would have saved so much money!!! Thank you for your awesome comment! Linda

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    • March 25, 2018 at 9:28 am
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      Hi, Just a small suggestion, when I was a young girl the machines at school included two small safety pins in the box with the pad. You could include safety pins with the handmade pads. Also, girls used to have belts that held the pads, but you would have to attach small tabs on each end to use it this way. Hope this helps some.

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      • March 25, 2018 at 5:07 pm
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        Hi, Donna, oh my gosh, I remember the belts that held the pads in place. I was thinking about the safety pins too! Great minds think alike, great tip! I love it! Linda

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        • August 30, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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          Linda, Just a an idea you may want to share. Double stick tape. You may use this for many other things also. Just peel and stick. Easy on and easy off ! Have fun !! Brenda

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          • August 30, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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            Hi Brenda, I’m going to add that to the post, thank you! Linda

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