*This post is taken from my old blog. Original writing, May 2009.
I much prefer the feel of 100% cotton flannel nursing pads to store bought pads. They’re softer and of course – washable! (Tip: washing them in a lingerie bag will keep them all together.)
I made myself a few additional nursing pads recently to bolster my stash. I chose to keep one side neutral (plain white or ivory) and the other side patterned. This way I have some cute prints, but they won’t show through my clothes.
I use 100% cotton flannel. Be sure to pre-wash and dry the fabric on hot before you begin. I then lay out my fabric two or three layers thick and use a Pyrex bowl as my template. You can make the circles any size you like (another perk to making your own), I just happen to like the size of my little Pyrex storage bowl. A large mouthed glass or other round item will work just as well. You can use water soluble fabric pens/pencils/markers, or just grab whatever is at hand – which in my case was a ball point pen. I would NOT use regular markers or gel pens – nothing that is going to bleed into the fabric.
I then cut out my circles with a rotary cutter. I like my nursing pads to be 3 -4 layers of flannel. This is a personal preference and you might like (or need) more or less. I would probably not make them thicker than maybe 5-ish layers unless you are using very thin flannel. You want them to be thin enough to wash and dry well.
Once they are cut out I use my serger and serge around the edges. If you don’t have a serger you can either zig zag or overlock them with your standard machine, or add 1/4″ to the diameter when cutting (ie: get a bigger bowl) and then sew them inside out with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving an opening to turn them (like that pillow you made in the 6th grade).