DIY Diaries: Reusable Cloth Sanitary Napkins


Did you know that on an average, if a woman in India uses 12 sanitary napkins a month (most women use more than that), it will produce about 432 million soiled sanitary napkins which can fill up a landfill that is spread over an area of 24 hectares! And the fact that these napkins are non-biodegradable and non-recyclable is something to think about.

Not too long ago, women used homemade cloth napkins for their monthly sanitary needs, and the trend is now catching up among urban women again. Not only can you make your own sanitary napkin at home, it will be completely reusable, will help you use your old clothes and prevent creating more waste, and not to mention that it will save you a lot of money in the process. If you would want to try your hand at it, here is an easy step by step tutorial that you can try and replicate.

Things You Will Need

  • Flannel for the outer and inner layers
  • More flannel for the inner insert
  • A pair of scissors and some pins
  • A sewing machine
  • Velcro strips

How To Make Your Cloth Reusable Sanitary Napkin

  1. Wash the flannel and let it dry so that it is absolutely clean. Cut out the patterns that will come together to make the finished napkin shape. Fold the opening edge of the bottom pieces about 1/4th of an inch and fold it back again. Press it to give shape and sew in place.
  2. Pin up the pieces and sew the edges, then turn it right side out. Stich around the edges and on each side to help you make the wings. Place Velcro strips on the wings so that they can stick to the underwear.
  3. Use any old flannel to cut out strips and sew them together. Turn the right sides upwards and stitch all around it. you can fold it two or four times depending on the thickness you desire. Make sure you make it big enough that it fits inside the napkin, but not too big that it does not fit.

If the instructions seem confusing, read the picture tutorial here to help you with the steps.

Image source: Pixabay

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