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How to make nursing pads (with FREE pattern!)

May 10, 2011

When you begin nursing a baby you quickly figure out that you need nursing pads to protect your clothing (and pride!) from leaks. There are some good disposable ones, but most are scratchy and uncomfortable, and if you use them as much as I did with my first baby – you end up spending a fortune. The reusable fabric ones are therefore a Godsend – but then unfortunately, they all seem to be unbelievably expensive for what they are!

That’s okay though, we can make our own – and they’re soooo easy!

What you’ll  need:

  • My nursing pad printable pattern (CLICK HERE)
  • Flannel fabric (you could use old receiving blankets or old sheets) made from a natural fibre (cotton or bamboo)

What to do:

  1. Make sure you pre-wash your fabric – you don’t want your new nursing pads to shrink!!
  2. Print off the pattern (CLICK HERE) and cut it out.
  3. In order to make one set of nursing pads, you’ll need to cut 6 to 8 of the pattern (I prefer 8 )
  4. Sew the darts in all the circles, then trim close to the seam.
  5. Lay 3-4 of the circles on top of one another, and sew around the edge. I like to use my serger, but you can just as easily use a zig zag stitch on your machine. (please note that the pattern allows for about 1/4″ of fabric to be removed by your serger when sewing – so if you like, you can trim that away if you use a zig zag stitch instead)
  6. That’s it!!

Important Note:

  • DO NOT under any circumstances include some sort of water proof backing or lining in your nursing pads. I know it’s tempting, but your breasts are highly susceptible to clogged ducts and mastitis and not allowing them to breath can bring on or exasperate either or both of those conditions. Your nursing pads need to be breathable! Just don’t do it, please. Besides, adding plastics or the like can often mean that your nursing pads won’t be able to be tumble dried, as the lining will melt (speaking from experience here). I don’t know about you, but I hate anything I can’t tumble dry!
  • UPDATE 5/11/11: Someone just made a really great suggestion of using PUL fabric (the type used in cloth diapers) as a waterproof layer on the outside. You still can’t tumble dry PUL, but it might actually be breathable enough. In theory it sounds like a really great idea – so I’m going to do some more research and update you all with what I find out!!

ps. I have another method for making contoured nursing pads that I really love – and i’ll be sharing in a week or so.

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117 Comments

  • You have no idea how helpful you’ve been. I guess I know now why I had mastitis with my first and again this time around. Looks like I need to add something to my to do list today… Do you think adding the darts makes the pads less noticeable? And my serger isn’t working right now, do you think they’d hold up if I just zig-zagged them?

    • I’m so glad this helped Tara!! And yes, that’s why I add the darts – to make them less noticeable – i probably should have mentioned that in the post, but I tried making flat circles with my first baby, and they were just way way too lumpy and obvious under my bra, I find the darts help with that. And yes, zig zagging will absolutely work! I would set it to a wide zig zag with a short stitch length if you’re worried about durability – but i honestly think it will be fine!!!

      • If you are worried about durability, stitch a straight stitch first, then zigzag stitch right next to (beyond) the straight stitch. Trim close to the zigzag stitch. This works great if you don’t own a serger. :)

        • Definitely going to make these!
          A lot of sewing machines also have an overlock stitch that produces similar results to using a serger, without the automatic trimming though. If you position the fabric under the presser foot, so the needle hits just at the raw edge of the fabric, the overlock stitch creates a nice rolled edge and you shouldn’t have to trim at all.

  • Thank you! =0)

  • What if you used PUL on the backs on them? That is a fully breathable and washable water proof material. My babies diapers have it and it works great and he has never had diaper rash.

    • That is a really really interesting idea!! I’ve honestly never thought of using PUL, even though my little guys diapers have it too. Can’t believe I didn’t think of that. In theory it sounds like a really good idea! I’m going to do some research into it! Thanks for the awesome tip!

    • PUL stands for POLYURETHAN LAMINATED FABRIC.

      I thought the idea was to STAY AWAY from chemicals, and let’s face it, polyurethane is not something I would want wrapped around my breast, even if it was behind layers of soaked fabric. I believe it will leach back to the breast.

      I made my own nursing pads out of washcloths much like these 28 years ago. I am going to make them out of flannel for my daughter this time.

      I suggest, everyone stay away from anything polyurethane.

      • PUL’s really not that bad: http://newandgreen.com/blog/pul-eez-tell-me-its-safe-a-look-at-the-safety-of-pul-fabric-in-cloth-diapers it’s used in virtually every cloth diaper/diaper cover that involves a water-proof layer. I’ve never heard of any safety issues with it.

        Also I’ve always tumble dried my cloth diapers, and the lining has held up really well. I can’t tell a difference, really. So I’d say, if you try these out with PUL, just stick em in the dryer :)

      • Hi -
        I’m not into the PLU stuff either for me or the diapers- I was thinking about wool – that’s what I use as diaper covers and it works great…wool should be organic (or whatever you say in english – no (bad) chemicals)and maybe as second /outer layer…inside layer bamboo , hemp or organic cotton…

        • I have made tons of different types of breast pads and I have found 2 layers of wool interlock to be the best leak proof and absorbent pads for me. I have tried them with and without the darts and found that the wool conforms to my shape so well that they never show thru like most fabrics would. Also wool only has to be washed as needed. I allow mine to air dry. This way all you need are 2 pair. While one air dries the other you wear. Also, the wool is so soft and is very protective to sore nipples.

      • It’s nice to be so conscience of things that are toxic to your body and your babies body. I would like to point out that even flannel and fleece, unless organic and 100% cotton/wool/etc., are always treated with many chemicals before they are sold. This rule applies to ALL fabrics being sold on the market, unless it specifies that it is 100% organic. Anything with a polyester in it is chemically based as well. The producers of our fabrics care more about fire retardant standards than whether we are being toxic-poisoned. I know it’s not much comfort, but if you want the best of the best, you pay a lot more, and it’s harder to find.

    • PUL is a great product but for those opposed, fleece is a water resistant barrier as well and can be used. It’ll leak under compression, but that shouldn’t be a big issue when it’s on your breast. Just another thought.

      Thanks for the super easy tutorial!!! I’m going to throw some together for a shower this weekend!!

  • you have saved me yet again! I am so going to be making some of these with a cute print on one side. :) I am determined to breast feed no matter what and was considering buying some but making them myself would be so much easier.
    How many pairs do you think is a good amount for a first time mom?

    • I’m so happy to help! I love the idea of a cute print on one side! I mean seriously, who would ever see apart from you, so it’s nice to have it a bit more fun!!
      With respect to numbers – thats a hard one. I built up my collection over a period of time (i wasn’t well prepared enough to make them in advance!). I found I wet through a set every nursing period for the first few weeks until my milk production settled down. and I nursed 8-10 times a day during that time. Sooo based on that, I’d probably go for about 10 sets? That way you would always have some available and some in the wash, and you could pretty much do a wash once a day. Once my milk production settled down I used to use 1 or 2 sets a day, as it was more of a “just in case” thing than a necessity.
      I really hope that helps a bit!!

      • I know. I love the idea of a little extra fun. I mean if underwear can have cute prints why not nursing pads? ;)
        Thanks that helps! I can always make more later if I find I need them.

  • I was thinking PUL because in the beginning I leaked through these on a regular bases and it was annoying and embarrassing. :) Even if you just made a few with it for when you went out.

  • I have been making cloth diapers for my little one and in them I use a fabric called Zorb. Since I’m able to use the flannel scraps from the diapers to make breast pads, I think I’m going to put a layer of the Zorb in between two pieces of flannel. The Zorb looks much like felt, but is super absorbent. This way it’ll be a quicker make and I’ll be using up my scraps. I tried making a couple just to see how it’d be compared to the flat breast pads that I’m used to and I like the contour MUCH better. Not NEAR as noticeable. =0)

    • That’s so clever! I have never heard of Zorb before, but it sounds like a really great idea!! Would you mind sharing a link for where to find it? I’m so intrigued!!

      • I’m sorry; I honestly don’t remember which site I bought it from, but if you search it, multiple sites come up.

        • Thanks hun! I will absolutely be checking it out!

          • http://www.wahmsupply.com
            It sells a new version of zorb as well as plenty of PUL fabrics and other cloth diaper making supplies you may want.

        • Zorb is only made by one company. Wazoodle. Zorb (the original kind) should not be against the skin due to it’s moisture wicking properties. However, the new Zorb 2 has a protective layer and can safely directly touch the skin. It’s much more expensive though and I always prefer to just get the regular stuff and add a simple layer between it and the skin.

  • To Tara: I would love to know how to make the diapers you are talking about and the more info on the material called Zorb. I have a grand baby due June 17th. :)

    • Kathy,
      Sorry it took me so long to reply, I didn’t know anyone was waiting for a response. My husband’s cousin taught me how to make them and she actually sells them. For that reason, I don’t think it’d be fair for me to give away all of her info on it. I’m sure you understand. It has taken me quite a few tries to getting it right, but they will pay for themselves even after my mistakes on ones that I can’t use. I don’t remember which site I ended up ordering the zorb from, but if you search it, you will find multiple sellers. I have two in diapers right now. I wish I knew how to make pull-ups! I should experiment with it. I guess I’m afraid that as soon as I figure it out, she won’t need them anymore. Or at least I guess I can only hope. =0)

  • This is such a great idea! I’m a newbie to the whole sewing scene (as well as to the maternity scene–20 weeks in with my very first little boy!), but I feel like this would be a REALLY easy and practical project to work up!

    My question is this: would jersey knit fabric work alright? We have a jersey sheet set that got horribly distorted after being washed, and the pillowcases will no longer hold pillows. I was thinking that I could easily convert at least the pillowcases into nursing pads!

    • I think you could absolutely use jersey knit!! I would just make sure that it has been pre-shrunk before you make them, so you don’t end up with teeny tiny pads! But otherwise I think it would work perfectly! Plus i bet they’d be super soft! You might just need to add an extra few layers to make sure they’re still absorbent enough (i’m not sure how thin your sheet is). Let me know how it goes!!

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  • I just wanted to add that PUL is certainly ok to tumble dry and in fact is recommended as the heat from the dryer seals any holes from sewing or wear that may have occurred. It is also breathable enough for nursing pads. I have used it in my nursing pads with my last 2 children. Some people do have allergies or sensitivities to PUL ( not very common but some babies cant use diapers with PUL). For these people antipil fleece is a great option for a waterproof barrier. It is breathable and water resistant and often much easier to find locally than PUL.

    • Attempting to make these great pads- ? what layer would the PUL be placed?
      Thanks for all the great comments

  • i’m excited to try this pattern out! i just got some PUL scraps (different shades of blue) from a sweet mama on diaperswappers. can’t wait to have some upcycled nursing pads for the little one due in october. THANKS!

  • Have you ever try to sew with fleece as “waterproof” backing?
    i have sewn some with bamboo velour instead of flannel (because my ni*ples seem to get stuck in the fabric) and fleece and their worked great -anti pill blizzard type of fleece- but ehy are just round so very noticeable. i am sure going to try this pattern. my org. bamboo pads i have found are 6.99 a pair. not bad i think. but they are made locally.

    • I haven’t tried that to be honest! but it sounds like a great idea in theory. I believe fleece is relatively breathable – but i’m having trouble finding any solid info on it. (what a pain!). I think you’re idea is great though, especially with respect to the sticking issues (as that was a problem for me too!)

      • Found this info about the fleece– it also mentions bamboo as highly effective. The only thing I would be worried about is that I am constantly hot already and just the thought of fleece makes me want to spontaniously combust lol

        Fleece is a synthetic fabric. It has an altered structure that facilitates the transfer of moisture to the fabric. It wicks moisture away from the skin to its outer surface. Fleece is best known for its soft and comfortable character. Other characteristics of the fleece include the fact that it is highly breathable, lightweight, pill-resistant, stain-proof, easy to clean and fast drying. It can also withstand industrial washing and drying.

        Read more: What Fabrics Are the Most Absorbent for Cloth Diapers? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8046477_fabrics-absorbent-cloth-diapers.html#ixzz1jCfKKIu5

  • I heard you could add fleece on the outside to help prevent leaking. Do you think that would still be breathable enough? It would be 3 layers of flannel and 1 layer of fleece.

    • Oo that’s a really good suggestion! Too be honest I don’t know! I’m having a lot of trouble finding out info about whether things like PUL and fleece are okay. But i figure since both fabrics are used in cloth diapers, they’re probably okay?

  • Wool is also a breathable, “waterproof” option. I’m planning to make some using an old partially felted wool sweater.

  • My friend and I going to be making these for her and we are going to use old flannel pajamas. Thank you so much for the pattern!

  • I”m pretty sure you can tumble dry PUL. at least you can tumble try PUL cloth diapers so i don’t see why not! Thanks for the pattern!

  • I made a few sets of these today, thanks for the tutorial!!

  • Hi there!

    I’m a novice sewer and first-time mom to a 14-month old boy. I use breastpads (which I bought online…3 pairs for $13) with PUL backing, a layer of hemp, and a layer of microfleece for a “stay-dry” effect. My son also uses cloth diapers with PUL exteriors and I’ve sewn a few PUL covers for him as well.

    From what I’ve researched online, if you’re sewing with PUL and find it slippery to work with, either put a sheet of tissue paper over the fabric (which you can tear off after) to provide better grip OR use a walking/Teflon foot. And like someone mentioned before, wash and dry once on hot (for approximately 60 minutes) before first use to seal up your sewing holes in the PUL. In general (at least for cloth diapering), if you use good quality PUL, you should be able to tumble dry PUL. Most people hang dry to extend the life of the PUL. I find that mine take about a day to dry completely, but hemp is quite an absorbent fabric.

    Someone also mentioned using fleece as an outer layer. If you want the fleece to be water resistant, you’ll need to use a heavier weight fleece (i.e. polar fleece or 200wt+). If your letdown sprays a li’l to heavily, depending on how thin/absorbent your pad is, it could shoot through the layer of fleece if it’s too thin. (This is why microfleece is used for a stay-dry effect.)

    Other pros regarding PUL and fleece is that both fabrics don’t fray! No need to serge/zigzag stitch edges if you don’t want to!

    Hope that helps!

  • Hi there, love the tutorial. I have made these with darts after looking at my sis in laws with no darts which she didn’t like. I was curious about the other contoured option you spoke of? I looked around but couldn’t find it. Thanks :)

  • Do you think a fleece backside layer would help prevent milk from leaking through onto the bra when I have a major leak?! Or doesnt it work that way… lol

  • PUL us used on babies bums, i am sure its safe (as for the comment about putting it against your breast)

    almost every single cloth diaper uses pul

  • I just whipped-up a set of three nursing pads from my cloth diaper leftovers – 1 layer of old cotton flannel sheet on the nipple side, 1 layer of microfibre terry cloth (sold as a dusting rag) to absorb and 1 layer of taslon (seems like sports shorts or tent material – it actually holds water.) I didn’t print-out your pattern but I did use it as a moral-support aid. It validated the idea I had in my head!
    I haven’t had the baby yet but I bought the microfibre cloths to stuff, folded into 4, into the pocket diapers (I ended up buying cheap and 2nd hand ones after I realized that was more affordable even than making my own and some of them came without the inserts, and the ones that came with inserts had only 3 layers.) I use microfibre cloths for dusting and drying the bathroom counter to keep it shiny between cleans, they are extremely absorbent and quick-drying, I’m HOPING my nipples will leak much less than a baby can pee and one layer will be enough! Might not even need the flannel layer, but I prefer natural fabrics against my skin.
    Wish I had a serger :( Zigzag just ain’t the same.

  • Thanks so much for the pattern. Being on a disability pension, and expecting my first baby, I need to make as many things as I possibly can with the sewing supplies and fabric I have here at home so that I’ll be able to afford the other essentials I need.

  • Hi! I’ve made the nursing pads, but put a pretty stretch lace on the outer layer. I like feeling pretty, the store bought ones are just awful. I use airy stretch lace without a dart, PUL with a dart, and 3 or more flannel layers with a dart. With the dart, spread them around so the thicker seam area isn’t in the same place for a smoother pad. I dry them on low heat.

  • i tried it with the PUL fabric – i used the baby boutique stuff from joanns that is used for the reusable diapers – and it was really simple – i had a question though do you use 4 “cones” of marterial to make each pad? i was trying to use 8 and it was just so thick…when i re-read the tutorial i thought maybe i was supposed to use 4 – 8 total for a set!?

  • For leak-proofing I use fleece… Works awesome and you can tumbledry!

  • Hi, I love your tutorial! I just posted on my blog about making your own breastfeeding and baby items. I added a link back to your post for nursing pads. You can find it here http://natural-beginnings.blogspot.com/2012/01/thrifty-diy-projects.html#.TyALi6Wm_LU. Keep up the good work!

  • I made 4 pairs of nursing pads using 3 layers cut from receiving blankets, and 1 layer of fleece. I used a lightweight fleece, and, unfortunately, it doesn’t even slow leaks down. Fleece isn’t very water resistant when it’s pressed between layers of fabric (flannel backing and your shirt). I am going to try PUL today because all of my shirts are getting destroyed from such frequent trips through the washer :-(

  • I found another idea on the internet before I found this one. Basically it’s a recommendation for the same type of DIY breast pad: 4 layers of flannel, 1 layer of fleece for the leak resistance on your clothing. There was no mention of making a dart so I thought that was an interesting idea. I just cut our 50 pads. :) I know there is a pattern with this posting however, the suggestion from the other site was to trace a CD so that’s what I did…worked perfectly.

    Thanks for the information!

  • I absolutely love these! I used disposable ones with my first son, and it was so hard finding a brand that wasn’t itchy and uncomfortable. I finally found one that was bearable. Besides the discomfort, the price of those are ridiculous! I’m hoping to make some of my own before this next baby makes his appearance.

    I shared this tutorial in a collection of my favorite baby tutes too. :)
    http://thelittlewaffleflower.blogspot.com/2012/02/baby-on-brain-and-bladder.html

  • Can’t wait to try these. My daughter is having her first, and I want to help her save money. I hope this helps. Does anyone know where to buy just pain white flannel? JoAnns has everything but plain white, or even cream. Just got some darker cream and planning trying that this week. Thanks!

    • i found some plain white flannel at Wal-Mart some time last year. if you cant find it there i LOVE fabric.com they have a huge selection. they also carry plain white PUL. and the plain white cotton zorb used in cloth diapers. :) congrats on the new grandbaby!!

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  • This may be a stupid question, but how much of the breast are the pads supposed to cover? I just looked at the pattern and they look way too big to me. I have very small breasts, so I’m wondering how much they should cover, so I can modify the size.

  • Great pattern! I made some with my last baby that were flat but they were really lumpy so I’m going to try these with the dart this time as I’m due with another in ~20 weeks.

    One thing I did use as I had a very heavy letdown and would leak through regular pads pretty quickly, was fleece on the back of them. Fleece is water repellant, very soft and very breathable. If you are worried about sing PUL due to chemicals (which I think is extremely low anyhow) or due to breathability fleece is an excellent alternative! Just make sure to use 100% polyester thread if you use PUL or fleece or some other sort of waterproof backing (wool?) as cotton thread will wick the milk through to your shirt.

  • Thank you!! I made four using this tutorial and I love them! I used an old cotton tee (4 layers) and a adult washcloth (1 layer), they work great, ideal for sored nipples :)

  • This is a great pattern! When I was in the hospital with baby #3, I “borrowed” these big pads they call chuck pads. They are the large cotton quilted pads they put under you during your post-partum part of your stay. Anyway…. I have a couple, and they’re ginormous (they make a great impromptu diaper changing pad, by the way) and I’m going to turn one into a stack of nursing pads. They do have a top layer of something that is vaguely vinyl-like, and I’m wondering if this is PUL? Any way to tell, other than the fact that these do say that you can tumble dry them? I was going to leave that layer out, because of what you say about breathability, but I don’t know how to test this material to see if it is breathable.

  • I wish I’d found this site when I had my first kid, I looked everywhere for reusable nursing pads and only found them after I stopped leaking at Babies R Us, (well, I found them online too but they were too expensive to justify as my milk production was under control when I found them). I’m halfway through my second pregnancy, and my little sister just found out she’s pregnant too, so we’ll get to work making sure we’ve got plenty without breaking the bank. Thank you!

  • How much flannel should I buy to make 10 sets ?

  • Hmmm, never knew you weren’t supposed to tumble dry PUL. I’ve been doing it for quite a while with my son’s diapers and had no problem. I am excited to make some of these though.

  • i used 3 layers of flannel and a layer of thin fleece in the middle for extra padding. thank you for the dart pattern.. before mine were lumpy..

  • I see on the “p.s.” part that you were going to share another version of this. Did you ever do that? Where is that post? I can’t find it!!! Thanks.

  • I would like to thank you for sharing your pattern, I am in the process of making diapers, liners, nursing pads…and everything else baby ;p
    PUL fabric can be tumbled dry. The technology was 1st used in the medical field; it was made to go into autoclaves to sterilize the material. Autoclaves run at an extremely high temp. There is no way anyone would have a dryer that could reach such temps. If you line dry your diapers and notice the outer PUL fabric starting to let moisture through, then put the diapers through the dryer on a high heat as this will reactivate the material. I am a retired soon to be grandma…again…my daughter is a nurse and I am investigating all things baby for her as she wants to have as many things as possible ‘natural’ for the new baby. Hope this helps anyone with wondering if PUL can go into the dryer.

  • Thank you! You save me so much money I got a yard of flannel for 2 bucks and was able to make 12 pairs with that.

  • Hi. Congrats to all the nursing mommies!

    I’ve been told, and its certainly held true for me, that using flannel for nursing pads often worsens nipple soreness issues (flannel is quite abrasive when damp). I ended up knitting and washing machine felting some nursing pads out of a yummy soft merino wool single ply wool. A 10$ skein made well over 6 pairs and i really only need/use 3 pairs. Best thing i ever did. There are free patterns online, but essentially all you need to do is knit a round to whatever width you want. Wool is highly absorbant, as well as breathable, and not nearly as abrasive when wet. Wool is also supposed to reduce the risk of developing blocked ducts, mastitis, and reynaulds. As a side benefit, if you lanolinize them, they are essentially a lanolin dressing to soothe sore nipples.

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  • I looked into adding PUL, and it appears it comes in regular and breathable varieties (http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/2008/12/whisperer-answers-what-is-pul.html), so make sure if you’re including it that you get the breathable kind.

  • While searching to make bum covers for friends in a local craft store , and looking at the printed fabric and pul material , the “pul ” package states that nursing pads could be made with this material. Unfortunately there was only 1 white piece of material, and the other 2 extremely bright, which is nice for “bum” covers, but in wearing white uniforms daily I was in need of white coloring to prevent from drawing attention to the chest of nursing mom, so in talking with the fabric counter the young lady suggested other material.. which in cost comparison was MUCH cheaper: she suggested putting 3-4 layers of fleece, and back with what we older moms used to buy for cribs, was the waterproof pads! The more the material is washed the softer it gets and also will prevent leakage on mom’s white blouses.. so for my two co workers a nice usable gift… and BREAST is best for babies..also enough leakproof material to make burp pads, and facing them with the same flannel And I will cut the material with pinking shears and zigzag them… YEAH>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Thank you so much!!! I remember with my first child I had fabric pads, but later I started buying the ready to use ones…really expensive thing that is necessary…with my second child only ready ones I bought but now I want something more DIY like and I will surely try to make some of these – the wallet will be grateful ;)
    Blessings!!!

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  • Just wanted to let you know that you CAN tumble dry PUL. I cloth diaper my four children and up until recently, have always used diapers with PUL outers. My HOA doesn’t allow clothes lines so I have no choice but to tumble dry all my diapers. I’ve always dried my diaper son medium, and have many friends that do the same, and they’ve never had any problems. The diaper instructions even say you can tumble dry and we tumble dry PUL when they need resealing. :-)

  • There are too many posts to read them all, so I’m sorry if this has been said, but PUL is NOT breathable, despite some of the claims. Put your face up to some of it and try to breathe through it. It doesn’t work. If you want breathable moisture blockage, try fleece, Windpro fleece, or wool. You can use shrunken (felted) sweaters if you have some.

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  • Hi! Thanks for the tutorial and pattern. Did you stagger the darts or put them all in one place on the circle (when you stacked the layers)?

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  • If I use bamboo fleece, should I only make 2 layers for the pads?

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  • Hi… So I just tried this and when I sewed around the edge it made the cones flatter. Is there a trick to keeping the cone when I do the zigzag? I have a serger but have never been able to get it to work, despite many efforts and a trip to the repair shop – one of the threads always breaks somewhere inside the machine when I try to use it.
    After my first attempt I ripped out the zigzag and made the darts bigger, but it still seems really bulky and lumpy even under my thick non-nursing bra. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong? I know this post is from a few years ago so hopefully you’re still checking the comments :)

    • Megan, your problem sounds like you are stretching the fabric as you sew around the outer circle. Run a regular sewing seam around the outside before zigzagging making sure you are not stretching. Relax you will stretch it if you are tense.
      This should solve your problem, happy sewing.

  • Oh Megan I forgot to mention to tip the cone on it’s side to sew as if the machine foot is in the inside of the outer part of the circle – hope that makes sense. There should be less stretch happening that way.
    All the best

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  • I made some with Pul, zorb, and fleece on top. I tried flannel but it was too rough. They are great! I don’t have a serger but sewing the edge worked good.

  • PUL can be tumble dried. I dried my diapers with PUL all of the time, and they are fine. If you are worried, you could dry on low. Even better would be to just air dry.

  • Thank you very much Megan. My latest grand daughter is due today and I can’t sleep.
    In my sewing room using your pattern and trying it in a couple of different versions. Some with the breathable stuff and some without. Made a little wedge pattern for the darts sew it would be a little quicker. Darts on the sewing machine and the rest on the serger. Really appreciate this tutorial.

  • [...] Along with breastfeeding comes leaking, so you’ll want to be prepared — particularly if you’re returning to work. Purchase reusable nursing pads that line your bra and prevent milk from leaking through onto your clothing. You (or a crafty friend) can always make your own pads from scrap material. Here’s a tutorial and pattern from DIY Maternity. [...]

  • Great tutorial! I’ve been looking for a simple pattern to make up a few sets. I don’t have printer access, so could you tell me how big the circles are and the degree of the dart angles? Thanks!

  • What about using fleece as the outside layer to prevent leaking?

  • I would use these for daycare.

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  • I tumble dry my diapers made with PUL ALLL THE TIME!! You CAN tumble dry things made with PUL!

  • Love the post. I will be making some for a friend and was browsing for ideas. Thank you all! I have made cloth pads for family members and some of the same ideas can be used. I did blog about it :). If any of you have ideas in that department, please let me know.
    jillywillywonka@blogspot.com

    On a side note, PUL was made for the medical industry and can be heat sanitized and used in the dryer. We dry it frequently without problems. :)

  • This is a really great tutorial. I love how you have made the pads with a natural curve in them, this way they fit the breast with more comfort.

  • Hi there, what cup size would your pattern go up to? I find the disposable ones are too small – I’m a 16DD and would like to make my own too

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  • I just wanted to point out that if you use PUL you can tumble dry on low. I’ve used cloth diapers made with PUL for two years and they’ve done fine. :) You just don’t want to do it on high heat or you’ll melt the PUL.
    Planning on using flannel on the skin side, some cotton flats, 1 layer of fleece and the PUL for the outer. SO excited I found this!

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