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Old 05-31-2008, 09:03 PM   #1
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pp mama cloth and nursing pads...

Ok I tried to search for my questions but it left my head spinning

Nursing pads:
I know what combos of materials I'm going to use, but what I need to know is how do you make these w/ a sewing machine? I have a serger, but I butchered my last set and they are far from a circle When you do the zigzag stitch what setting for it and do you actually go off the side or just right along the edge? Then is it done or do you have to turn it inside out?

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I am going to do PUL backing and fleece backing, then top layer of some flannel and some velour. What about the insides and how many layers? I have some hemp, how many layers would I use? I think I may be able to serge these, we will see!

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Old 06-01-2008, 08:38 AM   #2
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Re: pp mama cloth and nursing pads...

I made some of each, but be aware I'm not a very good seamstress. I also don't have a serger and didn't buy anything that couldn't be obtained locally, so I can't help you on PUL or hemp or fancy fabrics. Plus fleece is more laundry-friendly than PUL, I think anyway. But this is what I did:

For the nursing pads, with the absorbent layers I did do a T&T, and yes they were not anything like a perfect circle. But then I sewed them (right up to the edge) onto a fleece perfect circle, so from the outside they look fine, don't make lumps under my clothes, and the fleece keeps it from leaking through.

For the pads, all have fleece backs and flannel tops, but some have one layer of MF towel and some have two, and a couple have three. I also made them different sizes. I wore the bigger/thicker ones at night and the smaller/thinner ones during the day. I'd suggest a pattern on the top layer of whatever you that hides stains well, because they do often stain.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:45 AM   #3
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Re: pp mama cloth and nursing pads...

lets see... for the nursing pads turning/topstitching would look the nicest, but just zig-zag stitching around the edge would be quicker and maybe even be more comfortable to wear.

So I would set your stitch length wide KWIM? so the zig-zag is tall and set the stitches to be relatively close together. Then sew the zig on the fabric and the zag off the fabric. So it is half on/half off and totally on the edge. It will fray a bit depending on what fabric you are using, but I think they will stay together well.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:50 AM   #4
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Re: pp mama cloth and nursing pads...

For the inside of your pads, I would recommend 2 or 3 layers of hemp. Keep in mind if you put 3 layers of hemp inside they will take longer to dry than if you only use 2 layers. I believe most pp pads out there have 3 layers of hemp.

And I wouldn't use 3 full layers of hemp KWIM? Just cut out one full layer of hemp and then make a small soaker pad with two layers that you can sew in the middle on top of the full layer of hemp. Then sandwich it all together with the top layer, inner layer w/soaker stitched to the middle, bottom layer. Turn/topstich or serge around the edge. HTH
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