We have some acquaintances that just announced that they are expecting.
Not having a whole lot of resources at the moment I had to get creative so I could bless this young mother and knowing that her and her husband are very into the whole "green" movement I decided that she would love these....A complete set of "sanitary napkins" for after baby arrives, since her body will be cleaning the womb for a few days.
|Set of four - two large and two small|
One thing this couple has requested, is that any gifts be either used, recycled, or reclaimed. So these sanitary napkins I made from scraps of material, old jeans, and used flannel. The waterproof cloth was from lightly used baby changing pad.
I got inspired to continue the "green" theme, and made a bow from scrap material and used a grocery sack for wrapping the napkins in as well as making a cute little card.
I'm not sure I'd make these for every new mother...but I might! Using sanitary napkins are so healthy and eco-friendly (if your into that kind of thing).
I got my pattern from this web site: http://home.comcast.net/~askpauline/crafts/pads/pads.html
The most comfortable material is jean, sweatshirt or flannel. For the layers inside I use old towels or flannel. For the waterproof material I've used PUL that I purchased at: http://www.sewbaby.com/shopbaby/index2.php?cPath=244_320 as well as using old baby changing pads (the kind that one keeps in the diaper bag for moments when there is no place to change a baby). Depending on what I have I'll use either snaps or velcro to secure the pad.
I personally have been using home made sanitary napkins for about 7 years now and really like them. I've never had any leaks. My menstrual cycle has lessened over the years, the cramps are not as intense, and to be honest...the "smell" is gone.
Inspired? Good! Hope you make lots of pads, use them yourself and eventually make some for a new mother.