I found a great tutorial to make washable nursing pads on Walking with Dancers. (A really nice “young mom” blog, by the way!) My niece asked me a couple of weeks ago if I could make some reuseable nursing pads for her. She has some commercially made ones but they are rather boring and she needs some additional pads.
After hunting around on the internet I found the tutorial. I used the pattern and Lydia’s very good instructions. I have an overcast foot and couple of overcast stitch patterns for my Brother sewing machine so I used that for the stitching around the edge of the pads. (That was a whole lot easier that dragging out the serger and trying to figure out how to fix the tension!) I used fabric that I had on hand – 3 layers of flannel (that I purchase by the bolt to use for quilt batting) and a layer of fleece left over from Christmas gifts last year.
It was fun to make something that did not take a great deal of time and is incredibly practical. It is even more fun to use up some scraps and stash!
The nursing pads are meant to be worn with the seam at the top and the fleece on the outside. The fleece will act as a moisture barrier.