Hello There!! Sorry AGAIN that I haven’t posted for a bit. I’ve been working super hard on this project and it’s been taking a lot longer than I originally thought. I wasn’t going to post anything about these but its taking so long I wouldn’t have any blog content for this week if I didn’t. So here!, read all about my periods if you wish to. If you don’t want to I hope to have another blog post up around Wednesday.
These shoddily sewn blue thingys are cloth panty liners. Basically the same as a regular plastic liner, except they are made out of fabric and you wash them instead of throwing them away. I am currently in the process of making cloth period pads too but they aren’t finished. I’ve been debating whether or not to switch over to cloth for years now and finally decided to take the plunge this week and make some. I came across them a few years ago in an article claiming that they could make your period less painful. I very seriously doubt that they could, but I loved the idea of them. I decided to make the switch recently because my periods are pretty much hell and I’m willing to try anything that will make them a little more comfortable.
I opted to make my pads instead of buying them new because I’m broke, basically. I just bought myself a £700 sewing machine for my 20th birthday so I can’t justify spending £150 on cloth pads right now.I’ve mostly used spare/ upcycled fabrics to make them. I raided my wardrobe for old leggings, pyjamas and hoodies… basically anything made out of cotton or viscose. The only fabrics I purchased to make my pads are PUL (a waterproof breathable lining fabric) and some Zorb, which is absorbent, hence the name. These came to a total of £30 and I’m expecting to get around 25 pads out of them which is pretty great.
I am not proud of the stitching on these at all. I’ve been kind of rushing them in hopes of getting them finished before my next cycle so they look awful. That blue stretchy viscose I was using in the core of my pad was horrific to sew with. I’m glad it’s going to be hidden. I keep telling myself it doesn’t matter because they are only going in my knickers and nobody will see them, but it kinda does matter. I want to sew professionally one day so I should probably treat this as more of a learning experience.
Now, I’m fully aware that this may seem gross to you but calm down babe, it’s not that disgusting. Cloth pads are actually more natural and sanitary than disposable ones, they are much less likely to irritate your girly bits and are a lot more comfortable to wear. It’s more eco-friendly too! It just seems like the more sensible option in every way. I know this may not be the general opinion though. I was watching a youtube video about how to make these and one of the comments was “How can she talk about this with no shame.” It pisses me off so much when people are rude like this, let me give you a list of reasons why:
- Periods are 10000% natural. They are as natural as sleeping and eating. It’s about time we accepted the fact that we have them and stop treating it like a dirty secret.
- If you are making fun of someone washing a pad instead of throwing it away, consider the effect that your “disgusting” thrown away pads are having in landfill right now. They’ll be there for about 1000 years.
- I also get the impression that this kind of thing is seen as an extreme way to save money, and people are ridiculed for it? I have no time for anyone who laughs at someone for not being able to afford something. It’s not primary school any more hun.
- Not everyone has a great experience with disposables. Period pads can give you some nasty ingrown hairs if you shave down there, and I’m sure that anyone who has experienced pad rash before can tell you how awful it is.
- What someone does with their private parts is their own damn business anyway.
It’s my 20th Birthday tomorrow, I’m going to see suicide squad with my boyf & then we are going to go to McDonalds. I just figured out that if you order the veggie burger without sauce it’s vegan, so I’m just going to put some of their curry sauce on it. I’m also going to see if I can get Ryan to take some pictures of me wearing the skirt I made last week for a blog post, I’m also going to do one about what I got for my birthday 😀
See you soon! Byeeeee
6 thoughts on “Making Reusable Cloth Pads & Liners!”
Hi I have loved your pad making idea …I have also been volunteering teaching teens how to make sanitary pads. Am a male but I didn’t know how serious menstruation was until.in my country girls don’t complete their studies because of it. They shy away as if its the worst sin. I would lyk to share a lot with you if you don’t mind
That’s absolutely amazing what you are doing to help young girls. It’s horrible to think that something so ordinary can be a barrier to women completing school.
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Thanks …..the greatest service is a service to people who are not like you. We should always have a helping hand
Hi louise this is arthur from Uganda(africa) can we partner in helping girls out…
Yes, if there is anything you feel like I can help with let me know
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Hi louise thanks for accepting to be of good help. I have been volunteering for the last six months. I have been teaching school going girls and boys how to make reusable sanitary pads,carried out voluntary counseling and testing, teaching young people how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases like hiv/aids,syphilis etc. While doing my service I met up wit a young girl 4yrs old. She was born normal but she was immunized with expired drugs which made her loose her legs. I kindly request you to help me fundraise for her so she can get a wheelchair and artificial legs so she can go to school next year. I uploaded her pictures and videos on my Facebook page you can check through my posts you will see her. “Arthur sam” is my Facebook username or you can me your what’s app number so I can send the pictures and videos to you directly.
Thanks your positive response will be my pleasure