Draft Your Own Pad in 10 Easy Steps

I like making my own patterns, and I think it’s easier.

  1. Fold a piece of computer paper into quarters, unfold.
  2. Draw a centered 7.5 inch line on the horizontal fold.
  3. Draw a centered 9.5 inch line on the vertical fold.
  4. At the top and bottom of the vertical line, draw a centered 3 inch line.
  5. At each side of the horizontal line, draw a centered 2 inch line.
  6. Refold the paper into even quarters, lining up each edge. Secure with tape if needed.
  7. On one quarter only, draw a line connecting the edge of each line.
  8. Cut shape out on drawn lines.
  9. Unfold. Trace onto pattern medium and add seam allowance.
  10. Done!


  • This is a one-piece, all-in-one pad. You can easily make it an envelope-style pad by cutting about 1/3 to 1/4 off of one half of the pattern, and using the larger piece. (Cut 2 of these, one on the right side, one on the wrong side – so that they are mirror images of each other.)
  • I trace this pattern onto a sturdy poster-board or thin cardboard, and trace onto the fabric with a permanent marker. (Sharpie). This way I can bulk cut-out a lot of fabric pieces at once.
  • For the bottom, I use either 2-3 layers of fabric for absorbency and for the top, 1-2. This is more of a ‘personal choice’ area. A lot of people just use 1 layer for both the top and bottom.
  • The inserts are 9 inches by 2.5 inches. Cut out a triple or quadruple thickness of terry cloth (towel) or absorbent inner of choice. For the terry cloth, it may seem seem really, really fluffy, but once you sew it onto your bottom layer, it compresses.
  • Sew inside to the bottom layer, and then sew the top layer on top of this. To finish, serge the edges. For the fastener, I prefer to sew a buttonhole onto one wing, and a button on the other. Sew-on snaps are also great. I don’t like hook-and-loop fastener (Velcro) because it can wear out over time, and the same for snaps that you press on. Unless you’re using a press, the snaps probably won’t stay in the fabric. (Or maybe I just have delicate hands.)
  • For the ‘envelope’ style pad: Place the two partial pieces on top of the pad bottom, right sides together. Sew, then turn inside out and top-stitch. Cut the liner, sew it together if you need to. The advantage to this type is that it’s a little bit easier to wash and takes less time to dry.
  • How to care for pads: Soak, wash, and dry. Easy! Soaking is really important.

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