This is the place to find information about our new project which provides ladies and young girls with hand-made washable sanitary pads.
Disposable towels are so expensive in Algeria that those from poor families make do with plastic bags and bin liners instead. So,wanting to help we intend to give those in need a pack of handmade pads which they can wash and reuse.
I came up with a basic pattern which can be used but please do feel free to use patterns from other sites too as they may be much easier to follow than this one!
The sanitary towel is made in two parts- an outer pocket and an inner pad this is so that they will be easier to wash and will allow ladies to use two inner pads if their flow is heavier.
The outer pocket
- Cut out a rectangle of fabric measuring 10″ x 9″
- With the wrong side facing take on of the longer edges and fold over a hem of 1/2″. Sew across using the zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.
- Do the same with the other longer side.
- With the right side facing take one of the hemmed edges and place it in the centre of the rectangle.
- Take the other hem and place it on top of the first one. Pin into place.
- Now sew along the other two sides 1/2″ from the edge of the fabric.
- Take the pins out and turn the right side out. You should now have a rectangle with a flap opening in the middle.
- You may like to iron the piece to press the seams into place.
The inner pad
The depth of the pad needs to be approximately 1/2″ thick and should not be less than this. Ideally it should be made up of several thinner layers as this aids absorbency. Jersey and towelling fabrics are best to use – old bathroom towels are excellent! You may also like to include a waterproof fabric as the back but this is not by any means essential.
- Cut out rectangles of fabric measuring 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″You should have enough pieces so that layered on top of one another they measure a depth of approximately 1/2″.
- Pin the layers together and using the zig zag stitch sew around the edges.
- Take out pins.
- Insert the pad into the pocket that you previously made.
That’s it. Finished!
Please let me know if you spot any errors or have any questions.
Please feel free to make only the outer pocket or just the inner pad if that is what your fabric stash allows for.