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I’m going to warn any male readers that today’s subject is one you may want to skip. . .unless of course you’re concerned about the health of your wife and/or daughters.

Just don’t say I didn’t warn you. 🙂

The first time I heard about cloth pads, my sister-in-law brought it up, “I want to show you what I’ve been making.”

Crystal is who I’d want to be if I ever became talented in the crafty department. She comes up with all sorts of neat ideas: cloth diapers, modest swimwear, knitted hats and mittens, etc. I, on the other hand, haven’t sewn for ages and I can’t read a pattern to save my life!

She opened her sewing bag and pulled out miniature diapers. Except, if you tilted your head just right, they didn’t really look like diapers. . .

“I’m making my own cloth pads.”

I’ll be honest. My first thought was, ewww!

She went on to tell me about the absorbent material she’d found, the pattern she’d discovered, and all the details my very non-crafty brain didn’t quite understand. However, talking about homemade pads made me do more reading up on the subject. In the end, I found 5 EXCELLENT reasons to make the switch.

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Today I’m sharing this post on Frugal Farm Wife. Pop over there to read the 5 reasons I use cloth pads and say hi to Elise while you’re there. She and her husband raise grass-fed cattle and she has some lovely gluten-free recipes to browse too.

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Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Hi, I'm Paula - wife and homeschooling mom of six. Several family health issues involving candida, food allergies, and Lyme Disease have created a passion to better understand our God-created bodies. Today I share that enthusiasm by bringing you information on ways to improve your gut health. You can follow me on Facebook, and Pinterest.
Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant
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    7 replies to "5 Reasons I Use Cloth Pads"

    • Chris

      So where can we find this absorbant material and pattern?

      • Paula

        Crystal (my SIL mentioned above) will be taking orders soon. The pattern design she’ll use is hers.

        Our preferred material supplier was recently sold and is in a short (but good) transition phase. The fabrics are still available, but their cutting service needs to be updated and we can’t order the sizes we need until then. She’s planning to start production again as soon as they’re ready.

        I’ll keep everyone updated here at Whole Intentions once she’s ready for orders again 🙂 (Watch for announcements – I’ll be having a cloth pad giveaway at the same time!)

    • Simone Egerter

      Very interesting, where do we find the materials to make our own?

    • Gudrun B

      oh my goodness! reading this makes me wish i had periods again LOL
      i always was tempted to try one of those collecting cups but never did…

      now i am wondering how cloth pads hold up after child birth (i might just sew some for my daughter…. ) and yes what is this super comfy material? (not that i can convince my daughters, but one of them may be, then she can work on the others 🙂 )

    • Paula

      I’m sorry guys, I’m having a bit of trouble with my comments section. Crystal has been trying to respond to your questions. Here’s her reply:

      What materials you choose to use really depends on what effect you are going for. Some examples- Some people care most about comfort. Others care most about having only natural fibers touch their skin. Still others want fancy prints. As far as where you get your fabrics- If you want you can start at your local Joanns or Michaels if you need to touch the fabrics to make up your mind. From there you can go online and check out wazoodle.com, fabric.com, natures fabrics… There are a whole host of sites that sell fabric.

      In essence, what you are needing when you make cloth pads is a wicking fabric that will be next to your skin. My favorite material is minky. Remember that super soft material used in baby blankets? Most likely it is Minky. My other favorite material is Microchamois. You will then need some type of absorbent core. Some use flannel, some use zorb, some use bamboo fabrics. My favorite so far is zorb. You get much less bulk for more absorption factor. It also cleans really well. Finally you will need some sort of “waterproof” or water resistant fabric. PUL and anti-pill fleece work for that.

      There are a couple patterns out there for home sewists. Kikipads and Very Baby Babymoon are both patterns you purchase. There are a couple tutorials out there with free patterns too. It just depends on how much time you have to fidget with the design.

      Hope that helps some of you who are DIYers. 🙂

    • I’ve been using cloth for a decade and obviously love them! 😀

    • Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures

      Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

      Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

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