Apparently, a lot has happened in the cloth pad world since I took a break from it for a few years. Here are some things I have learned:
- Reusable menstrual products are now widely known as RUMPs. How did it take so many years for someone to think of this?!
- People are making their own underwear using a pattern called "Scrundies", and they look amazing.
- Penis pads are a Thing. Menstrual pads. In the shape of penises.
- Also vulvas, teddies, sharks, owls, Batman. Pads are no longer just pad shaped!
- You can now buy snaps in the shape of hearts and stars.
- HOW many different types of menstrual cup?!
Sometimes people post pictures of pads they have made using the Luna Wolf patterns, and seeing those makes my heart do a little happy flip.
A couple of people have done some really clever, creative things with the patterns, and I am sharing them here with their permission (thanks, ladies!).
Ranela De Guzman came up with a way of cutting out the pattern so that she can trace the cutting line, sewing line, AND core stitching line, all within the same template:
I just love how clever this is. Everything is already perfectly aligned, centered, and ready to draw around. I have seen templates cut out on both the cutting and sewing lines, but they always looked flimsy, and I wondered how they would keep their shape. Including the core stitching guide in the template anchors and stabilises it, totally solving this issue, while having the guide ensures the core stitching is always in the perfect place in relation to the edges of the pad. This is one of those gamechanging ideas that I wish I had thought of, and I can't wait to try it myself! (Picture by Ranela De Guzman.)
Siena Snedeker adapted the 9" pattern to create a "pocket and insert" style pad, cutting the top and bottom off the template to form the pockets:
Thank you so much ladies for letting me use your images and share these cool ideas!