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					Free Patterns: Feminine Menstrual Pads
African Soul, American Heart, http://www.africansoulamericanheart.org/,
is seeking donors to sew or purchase new, reusable menstrual pads for
young girls in Southern Sudan, Africa, where these products are needed
to allow them to attend school. Almost all, who may be fortunate enough
to be able to attend, drop out when they reach puberty. Providing these
reusable items provides an option for these young women’s monthly
needs when no other exists.

*Some patterns look similar, but there are subtle differences in each. Mix
and match to find your favorite.

      Make Your Own Cloth Pads www.tinybirdsorganics.com/organiccotton/clothpads.html:
       Cloth pads designed for custom absorbency and there is no need to have a serger machine
       to make them. These are turned and topstitched pads with custom absorbency sewn in,
       and you also have the ability to add in extra inserts for heavy days.
      How To Make A Circle Pad http://shewhorunsintheforest.googlepages.com/0011: When
       the sides fold in they make a wing unlike any other pad out there. There is no way they
       can leak!
      Cloth Pads http://sewgreen.blogspot.com/2007/05/cloth-pads.html: Winged snapped cover
       with folded liner insert.
      Many Moons Pad Pattern http://manymoonsalternatives.com/make_your_own_pads.php:
       This page is dedicated to providing instructions on how to sew your own washable pads.
       They have been redesigned several times over the past years to provide maximum
       effectiveness and ease of use. Give them a try, make as many as you want – use
       them!…give them as gifts!..most importantly, have fun!!! The more cloth pads out there
       the better for the health of women and our planet!
      DIY Cloth Menstrual Pads Tutorial
       http://web.archive.org/web/20071109164218/http:/www.geocities.com/thixle/diypads_tutorial
       .html: (updated link - original page no longer available) Instead of paying sooo much
       money every month, these are pretty cheap, really easy, and last for years.
      Instructions for Cloth Menstrual Pads www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/PADS.html: Design
       with snapped wings (or buttoned if you prefer), also details a pattern layout for getting
       the most pads from fabric that you can.
      Beveled Pad Tutorial www.clothpadshop.com/pages.php?T=article01 : Several layers sewn
       together for inner liner, has wings.
      Mommy Pads
       http://web.archive.org/web/20071130010722/http:/www.geocities.com/mytafadhali/mommyp
       ads.htm: (updated link to web archive since original web page no longer available) This
       tutorial will walk you through making a serged edge, PUL backed AIO Mommy Pad with
       snap closed wings (say all that in one breath)!
      Cloth Pads For Dummies http://backyardacademy.blogspot.com/2008/01/cloth-pads-for-
       dummies.html: They do take a bit of effort but the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
       Washable Menstrual Towels (pdf) www.wen.org.uk/sanpro/reports/makeyourown_web.pdf:
        Includes instructions for how to wash and care for fabric menstrual pads. Patterns
        include a winged wrap and liner.
       Homemade Sanitary Pads www.hillbillyhousewife.com/sanitarypads.htm: Before the 20th
        Century, most women used cloth pads or “rags” during their menstruation. Disposable pads
        didn’t become common in America until after WW II. Among rural and low-income women they
        didn’t catch on until the 1960’s. As with diapers, there have always been people who prefer
        cloth to disposable. Disposable pads do not biodegrade very quickly. Plastic diapers and sanitary
        napkins are likely to be two of the most common artifacts that future archaeologists will find
        when excavating landfills from the 20 and 21 Centuries.
       Cloth Menstrual Pads www.diapersewing.com/clothpads.htm: Once you try a cloth menstrual
        pad, you will never go back to plastic again. Don’t you deserve to wear cloth too?
       Pauline’s Free Cloth Menstrual Pads Sewing Pattern
        http://home.comcast.net/~askpauline/crafts/pads/pads.html: These washable cloth
        menstrual pads are quick and easy to make, and very comfortable to use. Plus, they’re
        cute!

Finished products can be delivered to:

African Soul, American Heart
c/o Advertising Marketing
300 NP Ave, Suite #204
Fargo, ND 58102

701 280 2475

				
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