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.
|If you don't want to go reusable, these are comfortable for disposables, and I never had leaking problems. I may still save some of these for those days when I go to work. I get nervous with the reusable pads because the ones I bought before leaked through and I'd have these huge wet spots. Work is the only time I go long enough between nursing to have issues seeing Baby G likes to eat all day long.|
- 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.
There's some disagreement about the use of Pul because trapping the moisture in could cause yeast and thrush due to the warm moist environment, but I don't feel that Pul is going to be any worse than the disposable ones I use because:
- 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.
UPDATE (3/9/14): I've been using these since I published this back in 2012 and they're all holding up great. I've made some extra pairs because I think 15-20 pairs really gives me a lot of freedom to change them frequently without always doing the wash. I do use my serger on the newer pairs now that I have a serger because I LOVE my serger.