I am so averse to leaking that I think I have made my pads way too thick. So I'm making some new ones and trying not to go overboard, but it's scary! (I have leaked a couple of times and it sucked!)
I just made one today with a layer of microfleece for the wings, a layer of PUL on the back of the pad, two layers of hemp french terry and a layer of bamboo double sided terry with a layer of quilter's cotton on top. Jeez, that still sounds like a ton of fabric! But it's really only three layers of absorbent stuff. The quilter's cotton doesn't count for much.
But I'm wondering what you all feel comfortable with for absorbent layers. Also, I only have microfleece, no fleece, and I'm not buying any fabric (don't tempt me!) -- do you think microfleece is a serious enough barrier layer? I am using it w/o PUL for my liners to use for those couple of days that I'm not sure I'm really done bleeding.
BTW, I used to have a business where I dyed organic bamboo velour and other yummy bamboo fabrics that I LOVE to pet and roll in, and I know it's all the rage for pad tops, but I bought a pad topped with quilter's cotton a long time ago and it was always my fave, and I think this one that I just made is also very comfy. It really feels cooler and less sweaty/damp.