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How To Make Homemade Feminine Pads: Free Pattern List

If you’re into the environment and saving money, this is a great tip–imagine never having to buy disposable menstrual pads again!

Even though I don’t faithfully use them, I did sew a large stack for myself (with a complimentary drawstring bag to hold them in) and packed them away in a “survivalist kit” to have on hand in case I ever needed them.

For women who suffer from regular yeast infections or find manufactured napkins irritating (causes itchiness or skin irritation), these are definitely something to look at trying. They’re so soft and comfortable, but I had a hard time dealing with the washing aspect. I didn’t find them to be as “gross” as I thought I would, my problem was finding a place to keep these soaking that was convenient and out of the way until I could wash them (our bathrooms are tiny).

*Some designs look similar, but there are subtle differences in each. Mix and match to find a favorite.


With Inserts [1]: Designed for custom absorbency and there is no need to have a serger machine for these. These are turned and topstitched with custom absorbency sewn in, and there’s also the ability to add in extra inserts for heavy days.

Circle Version [2]: When the sides fold in they form a wing unlike any other design out there, pdf download available.



With Wings [3]: Cover with folded liner insert, find the download here [4].

With Nylon Moisture Barrier [5]: (updated link to web archive since original page no longer available) Instead of paying sooo much money every month, these are pretty cheap, really easy, and last for years.



With Beveled Layers [6]: Several layers sewn together for inner piece.

Snapped [7]: Includes a template, can be waterproof using a quilted crib pad for lining.



Foldable [8]: These are quick and easy and very comfortable to use. They can be folded then snapped together to keep them compact for toting.

Flannel & Toweling [9]: Snaps on each side, flannel and toweling for the inner part.



Mama Cloth [10]: An easy project where the liner is attached to a “square” of fabric, folds up nicely for easy toting.

Another Circle [11]: Features a water-proof layer and felt strips to hold in place.



PUL Backed [12]: (updated link to web archive since original page no longer available) This tutorial will walk you through making a serged edge, PUL backed AIO Mommy Pad with wings (say all that in one breath)!

Panty Liner [13]: Fleece and flannel, this snaps underneath (on either side of liner).


If interested in making these for your own use or would like to learn more about their benefits, here’s some good information [14]. Treehugger has a great article on this page too [15], includes a few more patterns and tutorials found on the net.