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New Nursing Pads up on Etsy! April 15, 2009

Filed under: babies,sewing — easytoentertain @ 6:12 pm
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So I have been busy busy busy, cutting out nursing pads…sewing nursing pads…and now listing nursing pads! These are three more designs. I really like the beige ones because you can wear them with anything as they match the skin better than white. I also love the idea of using a print on the inside and basic on the outside. This way there is less worry about colors showing through but you still get a cute fabric!

Beige Contoured Nursing Pads

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Teal Flower Contoured Nursing Pads

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Sage Green Contoured Nursing Pads

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My Etsy Shop!

Filed under: babies,sewing — easytoentertain @ 4:45 am
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I just posted my first set of flannel nursing pads in My Etsy Shop!

The set I listed is a blue/teal/yellow star and moon set. I love this fabric and kept a pair for myself! I plan on giving nursing pads at 2 baby showers I am going to be attending in the next 2 weeks or so. I have fallen in love with the softness and no more crunchy that comes with disposables. Don’t get me wrong I still love my Lilypadz and plan on wearing them when I return to work to try to prevent any leaks. But for comfort cloth just cant be beat!

Also notice my fancy packaging!  I saw a similar label somewhere on the net and just love the idea.  I even have the care instructions included so great for gifts!

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Contured Nursing Pads Tutorial April 11, 2009

Filed under: babies,clothing,fabric — easytoentertain @ 6:30 am
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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)

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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.

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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.

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Now to sew.  Set your machine to a wide zigzag with a short stitch length.

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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.

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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.