I am successfully nursing my newest dd and disposable nursing pads have become a pain. As such I have searched all over the net for ideas on good ways to make washable nursing pads. I hope you enjoy the tutorial (as it is being typed with a 7 1/2 week old on my chest!)
Contoured Nursing Pad Tutorial
You will need:
- Flannel (a recieving blanket works great)
- A circle template of your choice (between 3 1/2 to 5 inches depending on your breast size)
Cut out 8 flannel circles in your desired size circle. There will be 4 circles per nursing pad.I used a large cup that I liked the size of for my template. You can easily make them any size you want. If you want extra absorbancy you could add an extra layer of flannel or even a layer of fleece. The recipe can be adjusted as needed.
Cut a wedge out of each circle. My wedge was 1/16 of the circle. I did this by folding a cut out circle until I got a small enough wedge and cutting it out. I then transferred that on to a cardboard template. After you get your wedges cut out stack your circles up neatly. It does not matter how your inner circles are stacked, only that your outer circles have the pattern facing out.
Now to sew. Set your machine to a wide zigzag with a short stitch length.
You are going to be sewing your wedge opening together. You may need to pin your opening together but it is fairly easy to sew without pinning. Sew the two edges together making sure to get all layers.
Lengthen your stitch length a bit. Now just zip around the edges making sure one side of the stitch catches over the edge an the other through the fabric.
Tada! Homemade nursing pads that are easy on the wallet, great on the environment, and quick and easy to make! And you can pick some really cute prints for some fun. Just try to make sure you are choosing a fabric for the outside that will blend in if your bra or nursing top is in anyway see through.