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I'm expecting, and would like to make myself some nursing pads. Last time, I bought a couple made by Medela, and was very disappointed. I ended up using disposable ones, but I would prefer cloth. I'm thinking they must not be too hard to make? And I could do them cheaply in a larger quantity?<br><br>
While I'm at it, I would be interested in making cloth pads. Again, I've never actually used cloth, but I am intrigued. I am also a total tightwad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
I am a novice sewer with a basic machine. I do best when I have a pattern to follow.<br><br>
Any advice or links would be appreciated! Thanks!!!
 

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For the nursing pads I would just trace around a glass or even a disposable pad if you still have one. I made mine out of cotton flannel. I don't remember how many layers though. Sorry. I made some out of hemp as well.<br>
There are lots of free mama cloth patterns on the web. I'd just use Google. Sorry I'm not more informative.
 

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mama pad patterns:<br><a href="http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/clothpads/DIYpads/DIY.html" target="_blank">http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidia...Ypads/DIY.html</a><br><a href="http://www.diapersewing.com/clothpads.htm" target="_blank">http://www.diapersewing.com/clothpads.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.downsizer.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=128" target="_blank">http://www.downsizer.net/index.php?o...sk=view&id=128</a><br>
this next one has links to several pattern, some are good others not so good, just thought I would warn you.<br><a href="http://www.fuzbaby.com/articles/makeyourown_clothmenstrualpads.htm#clothmenstrualpads" target="_blank">http://www.fuzbaby.com/articles/make...hmenstrualpads</a><br><br>
I also know several WAHM that make mama pads rather cheap. PM me if you would like links to them.<br>
And congratulation on the pregnancy.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Have you checked the free DIY section on <a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net" target="_blank">www.sleepingbaby.net</a>? Jan's got a lot of really nice DIY projects, including pads <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks for all your replies!<br><br>
I'm feeling really inspired, and I even bought some cotton batting on sale to make Jan's cloth pads.<br><br>
I've been thinking about making the nursing pads using a piece of an old bath towel sandwiched between cotton T-shirt layers. I know flannel is usually suggested, but I wonder if the T-shirt fabric would work OK. I guess the towel would make it extra thick, but I really want something super absorbent for post partum-- I'm a big leaker.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
I also have some remnants of flannel and old receiving blankets around, so I'm sure I'll make some of those too.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 
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