PLEASE NOTE: You will need a set of KAM pliers to attach the KAM snap fasteners. We are unable to provide these within the kit.
This kit contains an A4 size pattern with three variations and making instructions to make your own reusable period pads. It also contains the following high quality, specialist materials, enough to make three period pads:
- Top (faces the skin): Organic cotton jersey with waterproof PUL layer in black. Contents: 80% Organic Cotton, 12% Polyurethane, 8% Lycra (Spandex/Elastane).
- Absorbent core: Zorb organic cotton with Silvadur antimicrobial technology in black. Zorb is a super absorbent material that absorbs 10 times its weight in under 2 seconds, soaks up 20 times faster than other material whilst controlling bad odours. A single layer will replace 3 layers of microfibre terry and 6 of French Terry. Contents: 100% organic cotton.
- Extra layer for absorbent core: bamboo French Terry with Silvadur antimicrobial technology. Contents: 70% bamboo viscose, 30% organic cotton.
- Back (faces the underwear): Organic cotton fleece with PUL back in black. Contents: 80% Organic Cotton, 12% Polyurethane, 8% Lycra (Spandex/Elastane). The light fleece is used against your underwear in reusable period pads to provide a bit of grip and stop them from sliding around.
- Fastenings: 3 KAM snap fasteners size 20
You will need a sewing machine to make these. An overlocker is recommended but not necessary.
Reusable pads can be used on their own during your period, they can be used as a back up to make you feel more confident with leaks if you’re using tampons or a cup, for leaks due to incontinence or during the postpartum period after birth.
It’s recommended to soak used pads in between use, or rinse them at the end of the day, before washing them, to prevent staining. When you’re out and about, a waterproof wash bag will do the job. We have a pattern for this where you could use the double compartments for clean as well as used pads. Pads can be washed on hot. Please don’t use fabric softener/conditioner, as this decreases the absorbency over time.
Reusable period pads contain a layer of waterproof PUL fabric for obvious reasons of practicality. It is therefore recommended, however, that you don’t wear a wet pad for too long to keep a healthy level of personal hygiene.