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