I've been working on sewing up some postpartum pads the last fwe days with okay results I think. They're both from the Very Baby Babymoon Pad Pattern (from verybaby.com ... I love that it's a PDF pattern because I'm impatient like that).
The first is the Style A, which is designed for use in the first week or so postpartum. It's almost like a diaper cover with gussets sort of (because of the shape... like the bottom right picture shows) and I think it should work pretty good. I want to make a few more PUL shells and then lots of inserts. I changed up the pattern a bit... I didn't line the shell in flannel, nor did I put in the pocket (to hold ice). I wanted to leave the shiny side of the PUL showing so that (in theory) it could be wiped down and used quite a bit with just the absorbant parts changed out.
I used a pretty melon-pinky PUL with orange fold-over elastic and then the inserts I have one piece of two layers of bamboo velour and one piece that's one layer of bamboo velour and one layer of a thick organic cotton fleece. Then I sewed each of the dual layers together (forming four layers of absorbtion). I'm not sure it's really that thick though. I feel like I need more ... I'll toy around with it. I really, really like the idea of the gussets though!
Next up are more pads from the same pattern, just in the Style B, which is intended for weeks 2+ ... My sewing skills were a bit lacking on these because I tried to get away without pinning a lot, when really, dealing with velour (with weights because of the layers of absorbable materials under it) and PUL makes for a slippery sewing experiment. I swear just sewing regular diapers is easier than this ... ;) But... I really like the looks of these! They're certainly monstrous (I make my own regular cloth pads from my own pattern and they're dwarfed by these monsters), but they'll be fabulous for the early weeks and then can always be used as overnight pads later. I plan to make up quite a few more of these and maybe play around with fabrics used. The pink is a bamboo velour, the purples are a cotton velour, both are backed with a layer of PUL and have three layers of cotton fleece on the inside.
I really should get a pic of my 'normal' cloth next to these just to show the scale of hugeness (which is going to be loved, I'm sure! I'm all about extra coverage!)... and obviously, I still need to add snaps to these ;)