Tutorial: How to sew your own reusable nursing pads without serging. I often upcycle old teeshirts for the inner fabric of these which works great.
I've been buying disposable nursing pads off Amazon with their subscribe and save program, but it's
getting to be costly and I get annoyed with pulling off the little sticky tabs to stick them into my bra. I guess technically I could just leave those tabs on, but I ultimately wanted to save money and the environment so I decided it was time to sew my own nursing pads. I don't have a serger which is a bit of a problem as these would be even more awesome, I'm sure, if I had one. But I'm getting better with my zigzag stitching so I figured I could pull this off.
- 1 layer of Pul (you could use fleece too)
- 1 layer of alova suedecloth
- 3 layers of upcycled tshirt fabric. You can use flannel alternatively.
- It's breathable
- They'll be changed more frequently where they're reusable
- My leaking is substantially less due to being so far into our breastfeeding relationship
- I'm using the suedecloth which should wick the moisture into the inner fabric, keeping the moisture further away from my skin.
- I don't have any previous issues with thrush (I totally wouldn't risk it if I'd had problems with thrush previously)
*Don't forget to sew these in pairs.
|Step 1: I used a cd (more cd upcycling, haha) to cut out all of my |
fabric with my rotary blade. This made it much faster.
|Here's all my pieces cut out. I didn't do my math so I have some extras. |
My plan is to cut some more tshirt material when I have the time. That's the only thing that I ran out of.
|Step 3: Sew with a straight stitch all the way around your circle. I had to resew a couple areas because I missed one layer of the Pul or the Alova.|
|Step 4: Cut off the excess fabric and make it look pretty. Cut off all the stray thread.|
|Step 5: Here's two pads really to be zig zagged.|
Step 6: For the last step, you're just zigzagging all around each nursing pad. This keeps the fabric from fraying when you wash it.
I love them. They're super comfortable and pretty. The only downside to using Pul for the outer fabric (in my opinion) is that it's a bit slippery. I read somewhere that some people use the sticky side of the Pul to the outside because the pad won't move around as much- BUT then you won't have the pretty side facing out, boooo! The word on the street is that you might be able to find Pul that's laminated in that direction, but I wanted to use some of the Pul I had sitting around from diapers. Either way, I've been wearing a pair of these nursing pads today without too many issues.
I was going to make mine contoured, then opted not to because it was more work and I've been pretty happy with my non contoured ones. If you'd like to make contoured ones, there's a tutorial here.
|This is an additional set of nursing pads that I made.|
UPDATE (6/16/15): I updated all of my pictures. Note that these are the same ones I originally photographed and they still look good.