If you’re a breastfeeding mama, then you are most likely looking for ways to save a little cash when it comes to all the extras that come with breastfeeding. After going on my journeys to find some of these things, one of the best things that stood out to me were the reusable nursing pads.
One cost and you do not have to worry about purchasing reusable ones. You can just throw these in the wash after wearing them and go about your day. Grabbing a few pairs is also a good thing to consider.
The best part, you can actually make these for a fraction of the cost when you make them yourself instead of buying them from someone else!
I used a flannel-like fabric for the outside, but then on the inside I used a 100% hemp insert. Not only is this fabric great for holding moisture, but it will retain it and not leak it everywhere. The hemp material is also non-toxic and reduces the chances of rashes happening when wearing it for an extended period of time.
Putting these little things together was not very time consuming, but definitely worth any extra effort you want to put into them.
Cotton/Flannel Fabric (Print of Your Choice)
Hemp Material for Inside (I Used Hemp Blanket Inserts)
You have to cut out the fabric to create circles. First cut the cotton/flannel fabric that will be going on the outside of the pads. You can use two different fabrics or just match each side with one another. You should make them wider than the nipple area, but not too wide since you will want them to comfortably fit inside the nursing bra.
You should have four circles total – two for each side.
Once those are cut, you will then want to cut the inside fabric for between the outside pieces. I cut out two per side, so four to provide enough padding when I leak. You can choose one to two for the inside, it is essentially your choice on how many to put on the inside of the pads.
Place the inside pieces into the outside pieces. You want everything to go together and look how it would look while wearing them. There is no need to sew everything and then turn it around. Just sew on the outside with the pieces all facing the right way.
Go around the outer edges of the circles with any thread design that you’d like. You can go with a zig/zag pattern, a straight pattern. It doesn’t matter what one you choose, you’re going to be the one wearing them. It can be fun to come up with a decorative way to make them stand out and look cute.
Once you’re done, you will want to then go around the outside edges of the two pads and cut around where you stitched. You will want to make sure to get as close to the edges as possible, but without cutting the stitching, since this can pull apart the entire pad.
Once you’re done, they should look cute and stand out. You will love wearing them and love saving money, at the same time! They were definitely a life-saver when it came to leaking, too which makes me give them two thumbs way up!