How to Make Heavy/Overnight/Postpartum Cloth Pads



hey guys so today we are going to be making this great big 16 inch cloth pad it is good for your heavy days overnight post partum whenever you need more coverage this puppy of gotcha Covered this one in particular is made out of flannel on the top the inside is three layers of bamboo it's actually a cloth diaper liner and it is backed in water-resistant fleece and it has size 20 can snaps on both sides to keep your wings together and we are going to talk about how to make this about how to make a quick pattern for it and about some absorbency options so stay tuned right now okay let's talk abour bin see for a second here we have three different types of absorbency the first is Terry likes howleen material the next is a bamboo diaper insert and the next is a microfiber diaper insert each of these three things has the same absorbency but let's look at how thick they are okay to measure pad thickness normally you fold it in half okay so this is how thick a heavy pad would be with terry cloth this is how thick it would be with being Bill and this is how thick it would be with microfiber so let's take a look here terry bamboo microfiber if all of them are going to hold the same absorbency personally I'm going to choose the bamboo because it is so much thinner how lean is cheaper especially if you have extra towels at home if you have diaper insert microfiber diaper inserts those are great too unfortunately these aren't quite long enough our project so you would want to cut off the ends and sew a couple of them together but if you are done cloth diapering or you just happen to have a massive amount of these things you can find them super cheap on eBay because a lot of people don't like to use the microfiber they hold on to the ammonia smell and baby pee but that's not going to be an issue when you are menstruating it's not going to have that urine ammonia smell so you can get these fairly cheap you can probably get these for a buck apiece or fifty cents apiece if you look in safer swapping shop pages on Facebook you can find these in there too super super cheap these are a little more expensive but I ordered these direct from china from aliexpress if you're going to do that make sure that they have a good seller record and they have a lot of sales that way you know that they are reputable but look at how thin that is and it is three layers of bamboo so there are one two three layers in here of bamboo and this is very thirsty fabric it soaks up quickly and it holds a lot and this is 17 inches so this will be actually perfect for our project today okay okay let's talk pattern I have my giant piece of fleece here so that we can see the paper it was an issue the last time because I had a white table and white paper okay so I have taken two pieces of regular printer paper and tape them together so that it equals 17 inches across we're going to make a 16 inch pad we want to have a half an inch seam allowance so that we can stitch it together and then turn it in top stitch it so we want to make sure we have a good 17 inches here so I have kept this to senator I have taped this to 17 inches for the liner I have taped this to 15 and three quarters of an inch so that way we have plenty of room that it will fit it's plenty wide enough that we can make it fit but we don't want it to be too long that we can't get a good seam and a good seal on our actual pad so let's go ahead and make a pattern okay once you have your pieces of paper together at 17 inches what I want you to do is we're going to fold it tape side down because you're not going to be able to draw over the tape so I'm going to fold it in half boy I did not tape this little did I fold it in half and then fold it in half again so up here at the top this is the middle seam okay on the middle seam is where we're going to make our wing now I want my wing to be two and a half inches from the center of my pad over here on this fold is the center of the pad this is the outside of the pack so let me get my pencil right here we have a fold okay and right here we have a fold so full here fold here and it's open to all four right here okay so what I'm going to do is I'm going to take a ruler and I'm going to measure in from this edge here two and a half inches I'm going to make myself a little line at two and a half inches and then I want it to be an inch and a half over because I want it to be three inches in total and it is folded in half right now so I'm going to make this mark at an inch and a half so what I want to do is line up this mark with the point here if you want a squared off corner or squaring off wing then you would do it to the center of your squared off wing but I like a pointed wing so I'm just going to do this I find it much easier to sew okay so this is going to be my wing now to make the rest of my pad we're doing this freehand so whatever you like I like where it starts to flare straight from the wing and it ends up much wider up at the top so I'm just kind of going to freehand this see if we can't get it to the wing so there you go so it'll be nice and wide and the front and back it'll slowly taper into the gusset of your panties where your wing is and then it'll flare back out to the back so you'll have good coverage in the front and the back I'm going to go ahead and cut this out okay so there is that pattern piece out I'm going to keep this together while I get my other piece that's going to be our lining but it's going to be our absorbent cord so this is my 15 and 3/4 inch and I'm going to do the same thing I'm going to fold it in half long wise and then I'm going to fold it in half again okay so again fold on this side fold on this side and I'm going to take my pattern piece here I'm going to line it up to the wing so we have the bottom fold to the bottom fold of both of these and then I'm just going to outline this part here because I know I'm going to want my line there my inner core to be smaller than this and then from here you're going to want to go straight down on the wing you don't want to lose any absorbency especially right in the middle so we're going to take this and we are just going to go straight down this is not going to be affected by anything because that's the wing all right so now I know that I want this to stay exactly the way it is but everything else I want it to come in about a half an inch okay you can come in a little bit more on my way down to the wing alright so then when I open this I have my pad pattern okay so this is my pattern for the pad and then this is my pattern for the inner core you need to measure it up and see if you need to take off anywhere from the front and the back it looks good we may want to take off a little on the sides otherwise it's going to overhang so and that may just be that I have a little extra here but let me go ahead and fold this up and I'm going to take a little more office here okay line it up again top and bottom look good side to side look good so you have enough room here to get a seam in an effort here to get a seam you have enough room all the way around to get a nice seam when it's lined up looks good alright so go ahead and cut this for your fleece and your topping piece and then cut your absorbent layer from this whatever you decide to use for your absorbent layer I am going to use that piece of bamboo that bamboo diaper liner so I will meet you back here in just a minute okay so I have my sleeves here I have the fuzzy side up the less fuzzy side down that way doesn't tell so much as you wash it then I'm going to take my absorbent core here and then I have my top piece okay and it looks like I may need to take some off of my absorbent core so I'm going to trim it make sure everything looks good and then we will move on to the sewing machine okay so now we're going to work on the machine I am going to take my hopping fabric and I'm going to put it a side down and then I'm going to take my absorbent liner and I'm going to set it in here and then we're going to pin it back okay so I cut some notches out in some areas to make sure I could really get into these corners when I am sewing the fleece onto the back so now I am going to pin this all together okay so we're going to go to the Machine and we're just going to do a straight stitch all the way around to attach the absorbent liner to the front okay so I'm going to do a 1/4 inch seam allowance I'm going to start with back stitching and I'm just going to do this on a basic straight okay and when you get back to the beginning back stitch okay so here you have your absorbent liner attached to your front piece okay any places where it may have gotten too tight around the edges go ahead and trim up and put this right side to right side so we can pin and stitch and then we will turn it out okay so I'm going to turn it here at the back so I'm going to start here with a back stitch I'm going to stitch all the way around everything and I'm going to come back here and I'm going to back stitch and then I'm going to push everything up and through and before I do that we're going to trim around we're going to cut off the point here as close to the seam as we can so that it makes a nice sharp point when we turn it out so let's go ahead and get that back so I've dropped my foot I'm going to do a few back stitches okay and then we're just going to stitch all the way around and I want to kind of trim at least the wings cut off the tip flap as close to the point as I can get that we want to go to turn it out I can get a nice sharp point there okay so now that it's all trimmed up let's go ahead and start turning it out and at this point all we need to do is top stitch it and we start from this end we're going to curl these two ends in and we start at this end we're going to curve these two ends in and seal them shut as part of the top stitch all the way around so we're going to start right here right before this opening when I use snaps I like to use these little plastic snaps and I have a cam snap plier I will leave a link to where you can get these on Amazon in the description box below it comes with you'll need four pieces you'll need two of these little flat pieces here and they have a little sharp thing that comes up then you'll need one of these that has the raised part and then one of these that is flat and then we'll fit in the raised part once they are all put together so you'll want one going down on the fleas okay so one going down on the fleece and then one coming up through the fleece I'm going to put the flat one so at this point we have one pokey coming up through the fleece and one pokey going down through the fleece so on this side I am going to take the little flat piece I'm going to lay it in there so you can see the pokey thing coming up through it I'm going to lay the flat backing into the little concave dariya here okay and then I am going to push down as hard as I can and what it does is it flattens out that little spike so it's what it does is it flattens out that little spike so it holds those two pieces together alright so now over here with the one that we have facing down through the fleece I'm going to flip it to the right side of the fabric okay and I'm going to take the other piece and poke it through okay and then again I'm going to put the flat part in that little round disc and then I'm going to squeeze as hard as I can okay and it flattens it down into there so now when you wrap this over the gusset of your panties these two pieces will snap together and then you can snap them apart they're stiff when they're new but we had a few times and it'll start to loosen up see that's better now so I hope you enjoyed that video if you did please give it a thumbs up or if you would like to see more sewing videos from me hit that thumbs up button if you have not subscribed yet please feel free to hit that subscribe button down below and I will catch you guys next time bye

23 Replies to “How to Make Heavy/Overnight/Postpartum Cloth Pads”

  1. Thanx for showing the kam snap spikes!! It made sense bc I necer saw that in other videos or they did not mention it.

  2. Hi , thanks a lot for the very helpful videos amazing detailed informative explanation , can you please send a link or the name of the supplier in Aliepress where you bought the bamboo fleece please ? Tia. And keep going .

  3. Just get a king size micro fiber blanket for about $16, cut to size, sew, use. I only buy micro fiber blankets because they are so warm in 0° weather, and my grocery store (krogers) sell holiday themed ones dirt cheap.

  4. I’m so happy I found this video it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for!! Thankyou!! ^.^ one thing I’m worried about it the bottom layer is there anything more water proof you could use jus encase? Also the top layer is it cotton? I worry about using different fabrics against the skin causing irritation, im deffo going to make some of these soon!! X

  5. Love your video! Any recommendations on where to buy different prints of fabric? I've see people with so many different design but i can't find that wide of a variety.

  6. Thank you for making this video!! I can not use regular pads I break out from what ever it is they make them from and these are expensive to buy so I wanted to know how to make them for cheap and your video is amazingly affordable and super easy to follow.
    Thanks!

  7. Do you mind sharing the vendor you purchased the "Bamboo cloth" from, I was looking on aliexpress and couldn't find it as thin or long as the one in the video.? -Thanks

  8. I know this is random but have you tried these https://www.amazon.com/One-Pre-Pregnancy-Couples-Pack-Multivitamin/dp/B01M9GSQB1/ref=sr_1_230_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1494888122&sr=8-230&keywords=pregnancy

  9. After watching your other pad videos I really wanted to try making cloth pads I got my materials and received a sewing machine then I found out I was pregnant. I got banned from trying to do anything after I almost lost my baby 😣

  10. that's so awesome would have never thought to make anything like that I'm gonna have to show to my mother in law and have her make me some..thank u for the video

  11. omg you are so crafty. these seem very nice and handy. I always bleed on my underwear and jammies cause my pad isn't long enough

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