14 August 2009

Sneak Peak


Here's the project I'm working on at the moment.


Yep, I hear the gasps. Those are pads. Menstrual pads. For me to use. I was reluctant to post about them (with photos), because they are, indeed, taboo. But then I thought, "When has that ever stopped me?" So here they are.


My husband has agreed to give me 2 hours a week when I am completely off mommy duty. I feed Lucy, then I can do whatever I want for an hour, twice a week. Mostly that means craft. I think I only need one more hour to get these done. There are 20 of them.


And they'll have snaps! which came in the mail yesterday. Woot.

14 comments:

Brigid said...

I use cloth pads, too. The longer I use them, the less shy I am about telling people. I don't make my own, though. Maybe someday.

bammers said...

This may be dumb, but what are the snaps for?

samann1121 said...

I put them on the flaps to keep the pads in place. If you do an Etsy search, you can see what different styles of pads look like. They almost all use snaps.

Willis said...

So what kind of fabric do you make them out of?

samann1121 said...

The ones I'm working on now are flannel, towel, towel, windsuit, flannel. :-) The windsuit material gives it a little waterproofness.

Missy said...

I think cloth pads are great although I have yet to use them. I've been thinking about it. My husband can't seem to understand why anyone would want to...

samann1121 said...

Well, to be fair, he probably also doesn't understand bleeding for a week every month. :-)

Dorathea said...

How do you take care of used ones? And how long do they last?

samann1121 said...

Before I got pregnant, I would rinse them in cold water until the water ran clear, then keep them in a closed bucket of water and baking soda. Then I'd wash them in hot water every couple days. Now (when I start needing them again) I think I'll rinse them and throw them in with the dirty diapers (Which are in a dry pail and get washed in hot water every day). This is because it will be easier since I'm washing diapers anyway, and because it's unsafe to keep a bucket of water around with a toddler.

Depending on how many you have, what they're made out of, and how you care for them, they can last up to 5 years.

Melissa said...

I keep my pads in a crock (after rinsing until water runs clear and maybe using some ecover for stubborn stains)out of reach of my toddler. And I wash them with my cloth diapers every other day. For my every day pads and liners I just throw them in the wet bag with the dirty diapers.

somaria said...

What mechanism do you use for attaching your snaps?

samann1121 said...

I have a snap/grommet setter that looks kinda like a pair of pliers. I got it at walmart or hobby lobby. It's really easy to use if you save the instructions. :-)

somaria said...

My mom had this when I was growing up but as far as I can see, no one sells it anymore.

http://www.amazon.com/419-Pc-Installs-Snaps-Rivets-Eyelets/dp/B0000AXEE6/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=industrial&qid=1252451924&sr=8-5

Anyway, I got a deal on a Crop A Dile Big Bite tonight on Ebay (I couldn't resist it: half the price in normally sells for.)

samann1121 said...

Wow, that thing looks serious. Mine is more plastic and less interchangeable. Like the one used here: http://bit.ly/BDqnz