How to Make a Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pad (Tutorial)

July 04, 2017 7 Comments

Panty Liner & Regular/Post Partum Versions
Tutorial below copied with permission by Take Time to Smell the Rose

Panty Liner Version

A sample pattern is provided here .

You will need a cotton print for the 'wrapper' part of the liner, a cotton inner (I used an old t-shirt), a cotton topper (I used scrap thin white broadcloth) and of course your pattern.


Cut 2 of the print wrapper, 1 of the cotton inner and 1 of the cotton topper.


Pin right sides together of the print wrapper and then the inner and outer layers.


Sew both sets together while leaving an opening to turn right side out. Press.


Tuck in raw edges of the opening on the print wrapper and then top stitch around the wrapper. Pin on the topper in position. Make sure to tuck in the raw edges of the opening.


Top stitch the topper onto the wrapper. If you follow my pattern it will look a little different from my first panty liner below. I cut the topper slightly smaller so it is not so close to the edge of the wrapper.


Backside view after everything has been top stitched.


Next you need to add some snaps (size 20 shown in photo). I have a pair of KAMsnaps pliers which make it easy, but you can also use sew on snaps that you can purchase at any craft store. I found that one set of snaps keeps the panty liner in place well. I will be using 2 snaps on my post partum pads because they are longer.



This is what the panty liner looks like when it's snapped.


Then you can tuck in the sides for easy travel in your purse. (sorry the picture is so blurry!) You can follow my tutorial on how to make a wetbag to keep dirties in until you wash or to make a 'travel bag' to keep in your purse (you'll just want to make a small one!).


Regular/Post Partum Version

A sample pattern is provided here .

These pads are thin enough to use for regular period flow but are also sufficient for post partum.


Non-pill fleece: This is the backing of the pad. The fleece acts as a waterproof barrier and helps it stay in place and not shift.

Cotton Print: You can use anything you like. I used all scraps I had on hand.

Aborbent Material(microfiber, hemp, bamboo, cotton, Zorb, etc).

Minky: The great thing about Minky is that it does NOT stain. I went with white because it would go with any cotton print. I only had a couple of pads that stained just the slightest bit, but came out with sunning. They have been used several times during my post partum period and look very clean.

Snaps: I used KAMsnaps
(size 20 shown in photo).

Suggestion: cut out just 1 pad and try it on and see if you need any adjustments to it in length or width. Once the pad is to your liking use the patterns and a fabric pen to trace out as many pads as you need. Then you can cut all the material out at once and then sew them all. It goes much faster this way.

Cut out the 4 layers you need for 1 pad

Pin right sides together of both bottom layers and top layers

Sew layers together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a small gap open. Turn right side out.
Top stitch the bottom layer, closing up the unsewn gap as you are top stitching.

Pin the top layer on the bottom layer.

Top stitch the top layer. Then sew once again about 1/2 inch inside the topper.


Attach snaps to desired fit.


Can be folded down into a square after use.


Using Mama Cloth:
Just like cloth diapers, store used cloths in a dry wet bag until ready to wash. I do a cold rinse then a hot wash with detergent. I also use a little bleach. Then one extra cold rinse. Dry in dryer (doesn't take long!)


Alternative Tutorials:
Mabe, with Love also has a set of tutorials for each type of cloth pad shown below.


7 Responses


January 22, 2019

Reply to Maddison -

I imagine you can add more layers in between and/or enlarge the size to increase absorbancy. We don’t have any other tutorials for pads unfortunately, though google is always a great resource.


January 22, 2019

this is a neat idea, just wondering if you have a version for super and overnight pads?

Ivy munthali
Ivy munthali

September 17, 2018

These pads are very nice…i really like then and would love to learn more about them. Thumbs up for you dear

Sarah Farnes
Sarah Farnes

April 12, 2018

Hi this is a brilliant idea, I may make some of these for my daughter. Reading the comments about washing.reminded me… When I was younger and pads were not so reliable, we used to soak any blood stained clothes or bedding in salt water. A couple of tablespoons of ordinary salt in a tub of water for a couple of hours, rinse and then put into the usual wash. Works really well every time.

Kahwa Anacleth
Kahwa Anacleth

April 01, 2018

Good idea, I want to teach my students on how make it, what I need is more details about materials and how to parking if they want to sell their fellow students. Thanks

March 09, 2018

This looks doable. Not so many steps or specialty fabrics. I have wanted to make these for OCC girls. But have been intimidated by the complexity of other tutorials. Thanks.

Michele Richards
Michele Richards

August 23, 2017

thank you for such a great tutorial. our church women’s group will be making some of these for girls in 3rd world countries to be able to stay in school and not miss so many days..

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Back to the top