11-21-2008, 11:10 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Everything you need to know about mama cloth
After responding to tons of threads lately i thought i would put everything I know about making your own mama pads in a thread and if you have info please add it on!! Maybe we could get this stickyed?? Anywhoo
Top layers: Feel good top layers are minkee and velour(cotton bamboo or other) both add absorbancy but are mainly their for the comfort factor. other topers are flannel, microfleece, suedecloth, the flat side of a natural fiber fleece or terry
Good Inners: First will be listed the Fiber, then the type, then amount of layers for regular-- if you need heavy usually add an extra layer or two depeneding on the fabric. Example: Bamboo: terry(2) , fleece(2)
Cotton: terry(2), flannel(4-5), fleece(2), double terry-aka old towel-(1-2)
Microfiber: terry (1-2)
Zorb: (1) must be sandwiched by and sewn on all sides by another fabric (toper and bottom fabric is fine, but sew all around it to encase it)
Bamboo: Fleece (2) terry(2) double terry (1)
Hemp: Fleece (2) Terry (2) "plain"-usually feels the same on both sidesflat-(3-4)
Outers: Any of the above, or if you want waterproof/resistent: PUL, fleece, microfleece, wool, nylon. For best non slippage when using pul or nylon, use it as a hidden layer, otherwise it will tend to slip around--ESP AT NIGHT!!! Wool if you are using as a backing must be felted a few times if you want to be able to machine wash these. No they don't need to be lanolized, although you could after washing pat some on the back part
I think that is everything please add your thoughts!!
oh and if you are looking for patterns here are some good free patterns/tutorials to start with, otherwise base it off of an old sposie pad you have!!!
Now use some pretty fabrics and add a bit of happiness to that time of the month
POSTPARTUM PADS: well here is how i made some of mine
Bamboo velour top- two layers bamboo fleece with poly fleece or wool backing. Worked great but didn't use them till day 3, but even at night they were good
Then the rest of my stash was mostly cotton terry with either a suedelike cloth or flannel on top, although a few had cotton velour.
for the middle i used 2 layers of double terry that was new or if it was a towel it still needed to be "plushy", if it was thin and not plushy or like a beach towel weight i did 3 layers
i also has some with microfiber in it, the microfiber i had two layers of flannel, on layer microfiber, and one layer of thin terry, or one layer flannel 2 microfiber 1 thin terry
Amanda mommy to ds 3/13/05
and dd 9/11/06
and dd2 2-24-08--
Last edited by 2under2; 03-25-2009 at 04:42 PM.