I am so excited to share this tutorial with you! I have been using washable nursing pads for a while now, but I sure wish I would have thought of making my own a long time ago. The ones I purchase were functional...but plain to say the least. What I like most about these DIY breast pads is that you can dig through your scrap pile and use all of those cute scraps of fabric that are too small to do much else with. Let's get sewing!
* Please note: This tutorial is for one pad...for a set, cut out twice as many of each of the circles.
Scrap fabrics of your choice (cotton is good)
Scraps of flannel
4" round plate or cup
Poster board or paper for making a pattern
Heat N Bond Fusible Vinyl
Step 1: Using a 4" plate as a template, draw around the plate creating a circle pattern on the paper or poster board. With your scissors, cut the circle out of the poster board. This will serve as your pattern.
Step2: Wash and dry all of your fabrics without fabric softeners prior to proceeding with this tutorial.
Step3: Choose two coordinating fabrics...these will serve as the FRONT and BACK layers of your nursing pad. On the wrong side of each of these fabrics, trace around your poster board pattern. Cut one circle from each of these fabrics.
Step 4: Trace two circles on the flannel and cut out. I recycled an old flannel receiving blanket, but you could also use a flannel shirt.
Step 5: You will end up with 4 circles: 2 flannel and 2 cotton. On this set of pads, the flower fabric will serve as the FRONT (the side that touches your skin) and the striped fabric is serving as the BACK of the pad.
Step 6: Using your poster board pattern, trace two circles onto the paper side of the Heat N Bond fusible vinyl (this is the side with the grid)...if in doubt, read the directions on the Heat N Bond package. Cut out two vinyl circles.
Step 7: Peel the paper backing off of the vinyl. Place the "sticky" side of the vinyl onto the "wrong side" of the BACK (striped fabric) cotton circle. Take the piece of paper backing that you removed from the vinyl and place it on top of the vinyl and iron. (Do not iron the vinyl without the paper backing! Without the paper, the iron will melt the vinyl and create a huge mess on your iron)
Step 8: After ironing, peel the paper backing off of the vinyl...the vinyl will be fused to the fabric and will create the waterproof layer for your nursing pad.
Step 9: Lay your BACK piece vinyl side up and layer your two flannel pieces on top....finish your stack with the FRONT piece of your nursing pad on top with the "right side" up. Pin all four pieces together and trim edges. Once you pin the four pieces together, you can pick up the pad and see that you have the "right sides" of the fabric on the outsides of the pad.
Step 10: Using the zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine; sew around the entire perimeter of the circle. Let the needle run off of the edge of the circle, "binding" the edge. I did this twice just to make sure I caught all of the edge so that the fabric doesn't unravel. Here is where a Serger would come in handy...but since I only have a regular sewing machine, this is what I came up with.
Yippy! You have completed one pad. To complete your set, repeat steps 3-10. I found that this pattern created pads with plenty absorbency for me, but if you want, you could always add a third piece of flannel to each of the pads if you like.
These new colorful nursing pads are so much more fun then the old plain white ones! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make your own reusable nursing pads. If you link to my tutorial, please leave a note in my comments section. Thanks for stopping by...let's sew again together soon!