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to make mama pads! I just need to convince myself to give it a try. I'm thinking of buying PUL and using fleece on top and making it kind of like the glad rags design where the fleece would be kind of like a pocket and I could slip the inserts in. I am thinking of sewing microfiber towels into little inserts since those are very absorbant. I'm planning this for post partum, and haven't even used mama pads before, but I'm convinced that I dont want sticky yucky disposable pads to use afterwards this time!<br><br>
I guess I just need someone to tell me to go for it! lol I think my hangups are that - I've never sewn with PUL before. - I've not used mama pads before so I'm not sure exactly what I want/ need. - I'm not sure how big to make them since they are post partum pads, but then again, I'm a smallish person so I dont need super big ones? Ack! Just tell me to give it a try! lol
 

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you can do it! I can too! I can sew, haven't made pads before (or used them) I'd be making regular ones not post partum but the priciple is the same wanna motivate each other? I have about 2 weeks before my period shows, how long until baby gets here?<br><br>
I found a site linked somewhere around here today<br><br><a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/PADS.html" target="_blank">http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/PADS.html</a><br><br>
Do you have any instructions you've seen?<br><br>
I like the looks of the rounded corner ones, the recatngular one at the bottom is okay and useful but I want pretty in design too, not fancy fabric though, I'm a white or solid color underware kind of person, don't think I could bleed on flowers or ducks or something....<br><br>
I only have regular sewing machine, both straight and zigzag, no serger so for me, a design that would allow that would be cool. Do you have a serger?<br><br>
What does your dream pad look like in your head?<br><br>
And I don't even know what PUL is, or where to buy it.<br><br>
I have sewn with fleece before, kids robes and I found that the seams ripped out, I should of used some sort of stretch stitch instead of straight, that probably wouldn't be as big of an issue w/ pads though since you wouldn't be stretching them like a robe to wrap up in
 

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you can do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
here is what i would recommend as someone who has made their share (for myself, to trade, to sell, etc):<br>
do not use PUL for this project (particularly if you are not an experienced seamstress). it slides around (even with snaps) and is just disappointing IME.<br>
if you are worried about staining get a thicker fleece for the bottom layer. the middle soaker layers can be a variety of materials: flannels, microfiber, terry cloth (old towels if you are making them for yourself).<br>
for the top layer you can go utilitarian (flannel) or make it cushier by using microfleece (same theory as a pocket diaper to wick moisture away) or velour.<br>
you can buy PUL online - there are lots of coops for diaper making materials! and the fleece should be fine on your sewing machine - if you don't have a serger you will want to do a T&T style - you can zigzag stitch the layers all together after you have done your original stitching and turned them right side out.<br><br>
there is alot of room for experimenting. . . most of all just have fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Just try it! But cut out one at a time until you figure out what you like. If you screw it up, you aren't wasting much fabric. Plus, they don't have to beautiful or perfect - you are the only one who will see them.
 

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I am a total novice at sewing, and I made a bunch of my own pads. They aren't beautiful, but totally work. Even the one I put the snaps in the opposite way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I just traced the outside of a pad I had and cut the fabric out and sewed it together using a zigzag stitch. And I used a couple layers of some flannel I had around, nothing fancy at all. You can totally do it if I can! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">you can do it! I can too! I can sew, haven't made pads before (or used them) I'd be making regular ones not post partum but the priciple is the same wanna motivate each other? I have about 2 weeks before my period shows, how long until baby gets here?<br><br>
I found a site linked somewhere around here today<br><br><a href="http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/PADS.html" target="_blank">http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/PADS.html</a><br><br>
Do you have any instructions you've seen?<br><br>
I like the looks of the rounded corner ones, the recatngular one at the bottom is okay and useful but I want pretty in design too, not fancy fabric though, I'm a white or solid color underware kind of person, don't think I could bleed on flowers or ducks or something....<br><br>
I only have regular sewing machine, both straight and zigzag, no serger so for me, a design that would allow that would be cool. Do you have a serger?<br><br>
What does your dream pad look like in your head?<br><br>
And I don't even know what PUL is, or where to buy it.<br><br>
I have sewn with fleece before, kids robes and I found that the seams ripped out, I should of used some sort of stretch stitch instead of straight, that probably wouldn't be as big of an issue w/ pads though since you wouldn't be stretching them like a robe to wrap up in</div>
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Baby doesn't come till August, so I've got time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I was thinking of doing something like this:<br><a href="http://www.diapersewing.com/clothpads.htm" target="_blank">http://www.diapersewing.com/clothpads.htm</a><br>
but I dont have a serger either, so it would have to be made and then turned inside out, but that seems like it would be pretty simple. lol about not bleeding on ducks! I haven't decided what colors I'd get, maybe pink so I wouldn't worry about staining as much?<br><br>
I think I'm afraid of making an AIO type pad because I've heard they take a long time to dry. But, most the ones I see for sale online are AIO so maybe I should just go with that? I may not want to be pulling an icky liner out anyway. I guess I'm afraid I wont end up with enough layers or something?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">you can do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
here is what i would recommend as someone who has made their share (for myself, to trade, to sell, etc):<br>
do not use PUL for this project (particularly if you are not an experienced seamstress). it slides around (even with snaps) and is just disappointing IME.</div>
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What about just using PUL as the last layer inside? That way it wouldn't slide around, but it would be in there just to help prevent leaks? Is it hard to sew through or anything?
 

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Oh, and here's where I might buy the PUL from:<br><br>
diapershop.com<br><br>
How many pads do you think a yard would make?
 

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I'm thinking it really depends on the size of pad you ar making, width and length wise, how wide will your pads be? and how wide is the PUL you are looking at, is it 36 or 45 inches width (or something totally different?)<br><br>
but I found this page and she lists a section How much material, it's in metre and cm but she says<br><br>
1 metre of polyester material makes 50 (single layer) leak barriers<br><br>
here's the page I found those measurements<br><a href="http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/mi-clothpad2b.html" target="_blank">http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidia...lothpad2b.html</a><br><br>
and here is the big website<br><a href="http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/clothpads/links_make.html#fabrics" target="_blank">http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidia...e.html#fabrics</a><br><br>
I'm still reading here instructions but I'm getting neat ideas.
 

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Go for it! I've made a few for myself, and I haven't used PUL for any of them. My favorite combination is 2 layers of flannel, with a layer of fleece and a layer of towel/terry in the middle.<br><br>
This page is my absolute favorite for patterns:<br><a href="http://shewhorunsintheforest.googlepages.com/" target="_blank">http://shewhorunsintheforest.googlepages.com/</a>
 

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If you make diapers then you can use all your scraps to make pads for free!<br><br>
I wash mine every day with the dipes or towels and never a problem with staining. I do line dry so I haven't had any problems with my AIOs drying.<br><br>
I have some with pul for those times I need to feel secure but most of the time it is not necessary. I don't use pul at nighttime.
 

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Pads are fun to make, and you get a lot of satisfaction from making something that would cost so much money to buy outright! The nice thing about making them yourself is that you don't have to be satisfied with what's readily available - you can make whatever style in whatever materials you want and need!<br><br>
I don't generally make my pads waterproof at all - I just wear thicker ones on heaver days. Some of my favorites are made from old t-shirts. If you make the soaker-part foldable, you can get a really nice, thin pad for free!
 

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I don't make mine waterproof either. I usually change every time I use the washroom anyway (which is a lot). mine are just long rectangles in varying thicknesses, nothing fancy at all but they do the job!
 

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How did it go? Have you made them? I am about to serge a bunch for myself and found a FABULOUS tip online. If you want waterproof pads to make the bottom layer out of a waterproof diaper changing pad *the kind that is sold at the walmart/target/kroger type places.
 

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I did make some cloth pantiliners - some are just two layers of flannel, turned and topstitched, and then others I added one layer of microfiber cloth in the middle. I am absolutely LOVING wearing them vs. the sposie pantiliners that practically rip your hairs out down there and aren't breathable at all. I bought some Happy Heiny mama pads and they look super easy to make. I've got some PUL and everything ready to go - just got my sewing machine back from being in the shop, so I'm going to give it a try soon here. (6 wks left till baby comes!) Maybe I'll even post pics of my pretty mama pads, lol.
 

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I just started making them. I use fleece as the bottom layer for the inserts, each pad cover can hold two inserts if needed, I've never had a leak. You can also use corduroy for the bottom layer of the pad covers which I am going to try next, that seems like it would also help stop leaks. blessings~
 
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