While I am not at a place where I feel ready to commit my entire period to cloth (and I do so ), switching to homemade pantyliners seemed like an easy thing to do. The big question was, should I make them myself, or purchase them already made? I used this nifty “Make It or Buy It” flow chart from to decide:
Just discovered what pantyliners actually are, having gone through life thinking they belonged to that mysterious and blessed netherworld of male fantasy where women of course got up in the morning and without a moment’s thought put on thongs, suspenders and fine, lacy things with fine French names, instead I now learn that they belong to that cold and brutal world of male reality filled with ever-expanding knickers, high-waisted items which are simply girdles by any other name and without irony given names like Spanx and then, as if to seal matters, covered up by velure sweatpants with JUICY (dis)splayed across the arse.
The pattern it seems most everyone is using is , including detailed instructions with pictures. I picked up some pretty fabric: 1 yard of pattern 1 + 1/2 yard of pattern 2 was just enough for a dozen pantyliners. I used the “snuggle flannels” from Joann fabrics for a nice soft touch (these pantyliners are not intended to be 100% moisture proof). I also picked up iron-on Velcro squares instead of snaps. I don’t own a , and couldn’t rationalize spending the money on one for just this project.
From a protection perspective, the fabric pantyliners were just what I needed. They captured my typical mucus, extra pregnant mama discharge, and those little incontinent drips that seem to be a normal part of life during a third pregnancy. (remember, we’re being real here… and yes, I did just admit on the internet that I may occasionally pee my pants. A tiny bit. Ahem.) Anyway, even though these did not have a specific moisture proof layer, I found the four layers of flannel to be adequate in keeping my clothing dry.
|country of origin:||Germany (handmade)|
|model:||panty liner with wings|
|usable for day:||light / as pantyliner|
|colour:||LILAC / printed roses|
|size:||20 cm x 16,5 cm - 5% shrinkage after first few washes|
- machine wash at 60°C
- wash with like colours
- you can tumble dry
- DO NOT IRON OVER THE BUTTONS - THEY MAY MELT !!