Monday, April 23, 2012

Reusable Breast Pads

Reusable Breast Pads

As I am getting ready for our third child, I thought it would be awesome to have some reusable breast pads. Cause Eco friendly is good for our environment and our wallets! :) This is to make one set.

You will need:
* Cute cotton material (enough for 2 five inch circles)
* Flannel (enough to make 6 five inch circles... as you need 3 of these for each one)
* Viscose for Bamboo (enough for 2 five inch circles)

Why Bamboo?
* Bamboo dries 3 or 4 times faster than cotton - The faster it dries, the more comfortable your baby will feel.

* Bamboo can be worn all year round. It keeps babies cool during the summer time and warm during winter time.

* Bamboo is softer than cotton - Makes babies comfortable and happy all the time.

* Bamboo is naturally anti-allergic and antibacterial.

* Bamboo is a natural organic product - environmental friendly!

* Bamboo has higher absorbent levels - About 65% to 75% more absorbent than regular cotton.

* Babies who has sensitive skin or who are allergic to fabrics made from other materials find that they will have no problems with the bamboo.

* Bamboo has lots of micro holes, it makes breathability superior to that of cotton.

* 100% Biodegradable

Benefits of Bamboo for Nursing Pads:

*Extremely soft and luxurious

*Hypoallergenic as well as naturally anti-bacterial - Perfect for mom with sensitive skin.

*It's easy to care for - machine wash and tumble dry.

*Its porous fibers comfortably wicks moisture away from skin.

First, gather together all your goodies mentioned in the "You will need" section!

Cut out the 5 inch circles that you will need for each one with a rotary cutter. Scissors will work too. A cd works great for this part as it's the perfect size.

Once you get the right amount cut out for each one... time to sandwich all your pieces together. (You will do this twice... once for each pad) 1st layer will be your pretty cotton material you picked (wrong side up), 2nd, 3rd and 4th layers will all be your flannel and your final layer for the back will be your nice bamboo material.

Pin all five layers together so they wont get all wonky while sewing then together.

Sew a straight stitch around your entire pad to join them. I sew mine with a little under a half inch seam allowance to make sure it grabs nicely to each layer. (A walking foot would be great for this part if you have one but isn't necessary.)

After you sew your straight stitch around the entire pad, sew an overlock stitch or zigzag stitch around the edge twice.

That's it! Your all done! Now you have some cute, eco friendly, wallet friendly breast pads!!!

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