* Absorbent top cloth (cotton or flannel)
* Inset material (flannel, jersey knit, birdseye or terrycloth)
* sewing machine
Find a pad that you really like. Place it on a piece of paper or plain cloth.
Trace around the pad leaving about 1/2 an inch for seam allowance.
Cut out your pattern.
Fold the pattern in half twice. Pin in place.
Trim around the pattern so that it is equal and even on all sides.
Now fold the pattern in half along the longest side. Using a marker sketch the insert pattern.
Cut out the insert pattern and place it on the pad pattern.
|This is a picture of the pad insert cut to size.|
How to make the pad.
Using the pad pattern, cut 1 top and 1 bottom.
Using the insert pattern cut as many inserts as you need for the desired absorbancy. I used old terrycloth washcloths.
For super absorbancy I used 4 terry inserts and 2 flannel inserts.
Stitch the inserts together.
Stitching the inserts all together makes it easy to sew them to the pad top.
Now pin the insert to the wrong side of the pad topper. Sew around the insert edges.
Place the pad topper right side up.
Lay the pad bottom on the pad top. Right sides together.
Stitch the top and bottom together. Leave a 2 inch opening so you can turn the pad inside out.
Using the opening, turn the pad inside out.
Now use a pen or chopstick to push out the corners of the turned pad.
Topstitch the pad. Sew all the way around making sure to close the opening you left for turning the pad.
Now add snaps, velcro or whatever kind of closure you prefer.
Now you have a new mamacloth pad!