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As promised, templates and tut for the folding pad

cut 2 of each, the pad top with seam allowance, the folding part without

turn and topstitch the top part, zig-zag or serge around the folding part
cut a piece of waterproof material as shown, here I use pro-care, other things may be used

stitch it to the folding part
place the top part on the folding part off center with one wing on the edge of the folding part away from the waterproofing

sew the top to the folding part where the pins are on both sides
flip it over and fold the part without waterproofing to the middle

then the other side

apply snaps as usual :D
extra layers can be tucked inside  the folding part if the girl needs more layers.

these go together really quickly and worked really well for myself and a friend about 10+ years ago before I got picky and wanted hourglass shaped pads.
I hope this helps the girls!
please use this pattern for personal use or charity only, selling pads made like this at a discounted rate to send to goodsforgirls counts as charity :D


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Mar. 27th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Excellent tutorial!!!

I've always wanted to make myself a folding pad, but been too lazy :) I really should get around to it

(and I haven't forgotten about our swap!)
Mar. 27th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
hi, thank you !

I find theses come together much faster then a AIO with a core.

I haven't forgotten our swap either, I should be mailing it out soon, i've bought the packaging (that has to be special to use the flat rate) but haven't packaged and sent it yet...

I have a tutorial on a wet bag as well on my LJ, come take a look when you have a moment :D
Mar. 31st, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Just to make sure I'm reading this right
I'll end up with 8 layers (2 of the top fabric, and 2x triple folded rectangle) between me and the waterproof layer, right?

I'm thinking of making some for Goods 4 Girls, I bought some PUL scraps from diaperkit.com, and I have flannel. Would that combo be absorbant/waterproof/durable enough?

I'm not a cloth pad lady myself, so I'm nervous about wandering into uncharted territory. I don't want the organization to waste money shipping something that's not helpful!
Mar. 31st, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Re: Just to make sure I'm reading this right
you read it perfectly.
are you used to sewing or do you want more detailed instructions?

that sounds perfect!

If you don't use them yourself then it's extra great of you to take the time to sew them for the girls. You should try one though, I bet you'll love them.

the easiest way to use them is to let them sit in a garbage pail until wash day (known as dry pailing) spray them with stain remover and wash them on med. to hot. dry in the drier or hang dry.
Mar. 31st, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Just to make sure I'm reading this right
Thank you! I am going to make at least one for myself to try it out, and I especially appreciate the washing instructions!

I consider myself an "advanced beginner" seamstress - I know just enough to make changes to patterns, and it usually turns out well. I think these directions are perfect. The only thing that might make it clearer would be two different fabrics in the pictures (one for the top, one for the folding part, to make it more visually apparent when it's flipped over) but I've got it sorted out now.
Mar. 31st, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Just to make sure I'm reading this right
I'm very happy to hear it, they are so comfortable and easy to care for !

you are right and in my earlier tutorials I have used different fabrics, I should have done it here too. to begin with, this was only going to be for my friends but I decided to post it here to help G4G.

I'll see if anyone gets confused, then I will take new pictures.
Jan. 15th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Do you think this, but longer (and maybe with a booster), work for PP? Just curious. :)
Jan. 16th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
yes =DDDDD
Jan. 16th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Aug. 7th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)

Here's the one I made but with terry instead of PUL. I'm very happy with it, but I think next time I'll sandwich the terry between the flannel so there's less shedding. =) Thanks for the tutorial, Diana! :D
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