Those who can’t afford to buy a disposable mensural pad would rather go for a reusable sanitary pad. For each passing day, millions of women use an average of 7 – 15 pads during their period of menstruation. This is a luxury that can’t be accessed by everybody.

Other than the cost of buying sanitary pads every month, some infections may arise from the chemicals used in producing them. When discarded disposable pads are no biodegradable and also litters the place resulting in pollution.

A major disadvantage to this pad is if not washed properly and well dried it might harbor germs and bacteria.

Materials needed for making reusable sanitary pad

  • Cotton fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Nylons
  • Pins
  • Cardboard paper
  • Metal snaps


Draw and cut out the shape of your pad onto your cardboard. You can use this measurement – Length: 10 inches Width: 9 inches and pocket Length: 5 inches Width: 4 1/2 inches.

Photo Credit: Rebekah Alviani
Photo Credit: Rebekah Alviani

Using the pad templates trace the pad shape directly unto the cotton fabric you wish to use. Cut out the remaining piece in two’s using a pair of Scissors. Cut out your nylon using the shape of the pad as a guide leaving the wings.

Arrange the fabric in layers from top to bottom fabric – nylon fabric. Pin both edges facing each other.

Sew around the edges of the two fabrics leaving behind a seam allowance of 1/2 inches. Do not sew the top and bottom parts to give room for turning. After turning it inside out place the nylon into it.

Photo Credit: Rebekah Alviani

Sew in the pockets towards the top and bottom edge. Flip the pocket edge over as it would be the interior part of the pad.

Attach your metal snaps to the wings ie the left and right sides of the pad.

Now it’s time to make the liners. Place two liners (the 8 1/2 inch squares) together depending on your type of menstrual flow if. Ensure the edges are equal and sew the edges of the liner. Fold the pad liners to correctly fit into the pad pockets.

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Photo Credit: Rebekah Alviani

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