Washable Eco Friendly Nursing Pads – a free tutorial
May 20, 2011 by robiedodson
CONFESSION: I’ve never used a set of these before. However, after playing around with some fun fabric options, I will start using them TODAY! I admit it – I used to think they were a little ridiculous and unnecessary. I created them only because I needed a third item to add to the receiving blanket gift pack. However, as with anything in my life, the right fabric can convince me that I need ANYTHING! These are no exception.
How to Make Washable / Reusable Nursing Pads – No longer just for the Granola types! (But granolas – you’re included too!)
Here is our finished project - a pair of Nursing Pads. These here are made with flannel fabric, however you can use cotton as well. Just be sure to use soft fabric (for obvious reasons!) and fabric that is also absorbent.
What you’ll need to get started:
Fabric – definitely scrap pieces are perfect. It requires such a small amount of fabric, so you probably won’t have to purchase any. If you do, 1/8 yard will be enough!
Cotton Batting – NOT polyester! Remember, you want these to be absorbent. They’re keeping you from embarrassing yourself (or yourhusband!) so don’t skimp on this! Again 1/8 yard is enough.
Someone in your life who is nursing a baby!
If you squint, you can see the difference here between cotton batting and polyester batting. Cotton is soft, kind of like a blanket all by itself. It cuts just like fabric and is super absorbent. (Polysester, on the other hand, is sort of like webbing - it's all netted together and has lots of plastic - NOT absorbent! Excellent for quilts, not for nursing pads)
For starters, find something round to use as a template so that all the circles are the same diameter. I used the lid to a can of peanuts. I personally don't think there's a "rule" to how big or small the circles should be - so long as they're large enough to provide sufficient coverage and not so large that they stick out. There are like thong underwear - they should be the wearers little secret!
Once you have your template, cut out 4 circles from the fabric and 2 circles from the batting.
Lay 2 fabric circles right sides DOWN.
Place your batting circles on top of the fabric circles.
Then add your final 2 fabric circles on top - right sides facing UP.
Pin well. (As you know, I only require you to pin when it's truly necessary - let's save as much time as we can, right!?! For these, the circles all move around when you sew, so you'll definitely need to pin these little darlings!)
Lastly - serge these ditties together! If you don't have a serger, use your zig zag stitch, making sure the stitch both catches all the layers AND extends just outside them. AND YOU'RE DONE!
WARNING!!!!! DANGER!!!! WARNING!!!
Remember - these are slippery little suckers! Before you package them up and give them away, be sure to check the edges on front and back. Or....you'll end up with something like this. If this happens to you, just resew over the edges one more time.
These are really quite relaxing, and they’re another excellent way to use up scraps. Plus, I think they’re really thoughtful gifts. Do keep in mind – some women don’t like gifts that highlight their….well… you know! Be sensitive!
As you can see from the following, I have surprising really enjoyed this project. Of course I would, though, right! They’re FREE, FAST AND EASY! Love it!
You may have noticed, I can't get enough of this fabric! You can see more projects with this Amy Butler fabric here and here!
I had forgotten how much I enjoy this fabric until I pulled from the depths of my stash. See another project with this fabric here.Oh my sweetness! This is the second flannel fabric I purchased to make yesterday's receiving blankets. Soooooo soft and happy. I might have to keep these for myself.
These are made from scraps from a strapless dress I just made for a pregnant friend. It's the sister fabric to this fabric. Hmmmm. Maybe I should send these to my pal as a "happy pregnancy" gift!
Well, now I can’t figure out how to get out of this dialogue box, so we’re stuck with the gray back ground for a bit longer….
Oh, there were go!
Where was I???
Time: 5 minutes to complete ALL FOUR sets! Honestly!
Cost: FREE if you use scraps and have batting on hand. If not – not more than $5 if you purchase no more than what you need! (I’m not sure if anyone ever does that, but hey, I gotta mention it as a possibility!) Woohoo!!