Interlabial Pads: How to make your own
I did debated whether or not sharing how to make your own period products was a good idea given we are trying to sell them, but in the spirit of zero waste, if you can reuse or make your own it's always better than buying new. What matters most to me, is educating people about washable menstrual products and helping people make the switch to reusables. Here at Fialuna, we are absolutely devoted to spreading the word about alternatives to disposable menstrual products. We believe that everyone deserves to know that these alternatives exist and that they are safer, more comfortable and better for the environment than disposables.
You are going to need:
- Fabric (cotton flannel is best)
- Tracing paper or greaseproof paper
- Ruler (optional)
You should choose fabric that is soft, breathable and natural - ideally 100% cotton. Our interlabial pads at Fialuna are made of 100% organic cotton flannel (brushed cotton). You can buy fabric or if you have some old worn out flannel PJs, you can cut those up too!
Wash your fabric. You can skip this if you are making them out of something that has been washed before, but otherwise it’s best to wash and dry first to shrink the fabric and also increase absorbency. Anything made from cotton is going to need several washes to get to full absorbency level.
Trace and cut out your pattern. You can adjust the size of your interlabial pad to suit, but I'd recommend making them about 80mm x 40mm. You can also create a custom shape. I've made these in both petal and diamond shapes before and both work great.
Pin your pattern to the fabric and make your cuts. You'll need two.
Sew your fabric together. How you sew them together is entirely up to you and your skill set. I found a whip stitch worked well for a petal shaped pad and a blanket stitch worked better for a triangle pad.
And there you have it. Your very own interlabial pad. If you’d like to learn more about how to use interlabial pads, please check out our Ultimate Guide to Interlabial Pads, our previous blog and our video about them.