Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cloth Feminine Pad Tutorial




Each February, our church participates in a short-term mission trip to Haiti with Mission Possible. The purpose of this outreach is to share the love of God and help the poor through education. One area of the outreach includes educating girls about their menstrual cycles and proper body care. Girls are provided Feminine Hygiene kits that contain supplies to use during their monthly cycle.

This simple kit will not only improve her health, but will also provide her the dignity to remain in school 45 more days per year where she can continue to learn. A quality education is one of the few hopes these girls have to rise above extreme poverty. In our world of modern conveniences it is hard to believe a few scraps of cloth could make a difference to someone else, yet the reality is these pads are life changing to the girls who receive them.

Feminine Hygiene Kit

Along with basic hygiene information, each kit contains:
 2 bars of soap, 3 pair of underwear,
100 ibuprofen tablets, 5 safety pins, and 10 cloth feminine pads.


How you can help


Last year 5,000 cloth feminine pads were donated for this project, and the hope is to expand the outreach to more girls in the future. In addition to prayer and financial support, Mission Possible is looking for volunteers to sew reusable pads for the feminine hygiene kits. Would you personally consider sponsoring one girl by donating your time to create 10 pads?

Perhaps you know of a 4-H club, Girl Scout troop, a quilting group, a retirement community, or a church sewing ministry that is looking for a service project. Your generous gift of time will make a significant difference in the life of a young girl in Haiti.

The following tutorial was written to assist those who want to join our efforts.




Materials List
                         
1 yard lightweight flannel fabric (will make approx. 10-12 pads)
1/2 yard low loft 100% cotton quilt batting (ex: "Warm & Natural")
Size 14 (Denim) needle

Each pad consists of 2 outer layers of flannel and 4 pieces of lining made from cotton quilt batting.
Pattern measures approximately 7 1/2” from side to side and 8 1/2” from top to bottom. Measurements may vary depending on the printer. This is ok since we are going for utility and not perfection:)

Click here to Download Pattern
Click here to Download Sewing Instructions



Feminine Pad - Cutting Instructions         
               

Step 1: Download pad pattern and transfer to lightweight cardboard. Templates can be made from card stock, cereal boxes, file folders or whatever lightweight cardboard you have on hand. Select some pretty flannel fabric...because we all like pretty don't we?




Step 2: Iron the fabric. This will help fabric lay flat making it easier to trace around the template. For each cloth feminine pad you will need two layers of flannel fabric.

Fold fabric in half, printed sides together, matching selvedge edges. Trace pad pattern onto fabric using an ink pen, being careful to follow the crosswise grain of the fabric. Careful placement of the pattern will maximize use of the fabric.




Step 3: Using a sharp scissors, carefully cut fabric. Set fabric aside keeping layers together.




Step 4: Lay out cotton batting. If possible fold batting in half so two layers can be cut at a time. Using an ink pen, trace lining pattern onto batting. Cut 4 pieces for each cloth feminine pad.


Feminine Pad - Sewing Instructions 



Step 5: Iron flannel fabric pieces and lay printed side down. Center two layers of cotton batting on each piece of flannel and pin in place.





Step 6: Straight stitch around edge of cotton batting using a size 14 (Denim) needle. Backstitch to secure seam. Repeat stitching on second flannel piece. (Tip: The size 14 needle will make it easier to sew through the layers.


Step 7: On each piece of flannel stitch two lines down the center. Backstitch to secure stitching. You may find it helpful to use a walking foot, and to decrease the tension setting on your machine. Painter’s tape is used in the photo to show a stitching guideline.



Step 8: If needed, trim so edges are uniform. Pin together the two flannel layers printed sides out, carefully matching edges.



Step 9:  Use a zigzag or overlock stitch to finish edge of fabric. (Choose one method)

Zig Zag Stitch - As shown in the photo above, with the "zig" the needle will move to the left piercing into the fabric. With the "zag" the needle will move to the right dropping off the fabric creating an overlock stitch. Suggested stitch length is 1.5 and width 5.  Backstitch to secure seam. 


                            
Overlock Stitch - Some sewing machines come with additional feet. As shown in the photo 
above, the overlock foot allows greater visibility when stitching along the edge of fabric. As you 
sew the pin on the foot will also help to keep the fabric flat. Backstitch to secure seam.


 

Optional: Place a snap, velcro fastener, or safety pin on tabs. You are finished! How pretty!


Update 5/10/17
During the most recent medical mission trip, over 6,000 pads were donated! Enough to sponsor 600 young women! All pads received by October 31, 2017 will be included with the trip scheduled for February 2018. Pads received after that date will be distributed in Haiti on future trips.


Completed pads can be mailed to:

Sew*Quilt*Share
c/o Gateway Church
9555 County Road 9
Findlay, OH 45840

Please email me privately for our Canadian shipping address.



Please visit these links to learn more:

May you always Sew in Peace!

Sandra

112 comments:

  1. Yes, I can make these...please let me know where to send them when they are finished. Kathy at lloydie@triotel.net

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  2. I can't seem to print the pattern off of flicker

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    1. I had a similar problem. I had to download it to my pc then print it from there.

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    2. The pattern and sewing instructions are now available to download. The links are located just above the heading that says "Feminine Pad - Cutting Instructions".

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  3. If you would like to join our efforts to sew for Haiti, please let me know. I'll be happy to email the pattern.

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    1. My circle would like to join your efforts. I have printed the instructions, but can't download the pattern in the correct size. Please forward woodjd@lexcominc.net

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  4. Sandra, I am interested in making pads for the Haiti Ladies. I downloaded the pattern. Please send me more information at: dxwings51@aol.com

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  5. Sandra,

    I make and sell pads but I don't use this exact pattern. I've been looking for a place to donate my seconds. That is to say pads that are new/unsed but have crooked stitches. I would love to help. Please let me know where I can donate new/used pads.
    Thanks!

    You can see samples of my work here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KathysWoods?ref=si_shop

    I am KathyLWoods@outlook.com

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    1. Thank you for your generous offer to donate pads for our Haiti Project. We would gladly accept any pads you would like to send. The difference in the shape of your pattern is not an issue.

      Please contact me for the mailing address:)

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  6. Do this pads work for heavy flow and if not what other options for cloth can you use?

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    1. I have no personal experience on the heavy flow question. Perhaps viewers could respond.

      From my understanding most homemade pads are made from various cotton fabrics for both comfort and washability.

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    2. I was thinking that new, heavy terry towels or terry cloth yardage (not velour) would make for some great absorbency, and it would last longer than cotton batting..... time for a test!

      (Tara)

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  7. I would be interested in donating pads for these kits. Wow! What we take for granted. cfish67063@yahoo.com

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  8. Please send me more information.
    pryzgodagirl@sbcglobal.net

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  9. Is the pattern above the exact size we are to use or should we increase the length, etc?

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    1. There have been several questions regarding the size of the feminine cloth pads. From side to side, (where the snaps go) the measurement of the pattern is approximately 7 1/2" across. From top to bottom, the measurement of the pattern is approximately 8 1/2" from top to bottom. Measurements may vary depending on the printer. Our group is ok with various sizes since we are going for utility and not perfection:)

      Several viewers have had trouble downloading the pattern to their computer. It seems the best approach is to download the pattern to your computer before printing.

      Please let me know if you have further questions regarding the pattern:)

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  10. I would also like to know how this handles a heavy flow. Also, what a great idea... I often wondered what the options were for ladies in other countries. Thank you for enlightening me.

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  11. Hello. Are y'all still taking donations for this project? I would love to make some.

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    1. Sorry, auto correct.
      pencec@uah.edu

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    2. Yes! Donations are still being accepted for this project. The next medical mission trip is scheduled for February of 2015.

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    3. Update - Since there is an on going need, pads received after Feb. 2015 will be distributed on future mission trips.

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  12. Hi I would also like to know where to send these for donation. jackidati24@gmail.com

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    1. Completed pads can be mailed to:

      Sew*Quilt*Share
      c/o Gateway Church
      9555 County Road 9
      Findlay, OH 45840

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  13. I love this idea. Thanks for the tutorial. I am going to propose the project to my guild.

    Thank you for your comment on my shirt quilt. Yes, they are string blocks. (I had to reply here as you have your comment set as no-reply)

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  14. I just came upon this page. I know Feb. has passed but I would love to donate for next time. Please send me info to dcakes10@yahoo.com

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  15. I have been teaching my 4yo how to sew and we have been making cloth pads and she is wanting to donate them. They do not look professional at all but they were made with love and we are still in the process of making more. We should have about 20 when we are done. :) would they work for you?

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    1. forgot to leave my e-mail sorry :) brandymom9132008@gmail.com

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    2. How wonderful that you are teaching your little one not only to sew but also to serve. Perfection is not required:)

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  16. What an great project and excellent tutorial too. I've added this to a page on my blog where I share insights on various charity projects that might be of interest to quilting/sewing enthusiasts: http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/here-are-some-insights-on-charity.html And also shared on Facebook, Twitter and via email. Happy to help with PR in anyway I can. And I'll be happy to sew some of these cloth pads too!

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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    1. Wonderful! Thank you so much for helping to spread the word:)

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  17. I would like to make and donate some , can you send me the pattern as i cannot download it. kkljvc123@yahoo.com

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  18. I would love to make and donate some pads! Are there any specific guidelines? Is it OK to up-cycle and use clean fabric from pre-worn clothing? For example to use gently worn cotton flannel PJs or flannel shirts? And can cotton terry toweling be used instead of batting? I'm so excited about this!

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    1. At this time, we are not able to accept pads made from pre-worn clothing. The concern is that pre-worn fabrics may not be as absorbent, and thus volunteer time and effort would be wasted. The ten pads each girl receives must last for a year. Hope this news will not discourage you from participating:)

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    2. Actually, pre-worn clothing, especially flannel PJs should be more absorbent, as the absorbency of cotton fabrics increases with washing and wearing (probably due to the threads becoming damaged and more fibrous).
      Cotton batting has had some negative reviews, so you might want to rethink the inner core. Perhaps cotton terry or flannel would be easy enough to come by and absorbent (and definitely more durable than the batting).
      For a blog post on the disadvantages of using batting in cloth pads, see: http://cloth-pads.livejournal.com/929809.html

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    3. marianneketje thank you for your comment. I will bring this to the attention of the pad committee and will discuss possible changes to the pattern.

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  19. This does not discourage my participation. It just helps to clarify options. Thank you.

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  20. I will be happily be making these and sending them to you as soon as I can. I will continue to send more in the future.

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  21. I've been inspired to try this out! I found this through SewCalGal and I plan to post about this project on my blog. During the next few months, I'm going to be working on these, and I'll spread the word at my sewing guild meeting next week. :)

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  22. I have a question: Are there any practicality problems using metal snaps? Or is it just a preference to use plastic snaps on these?

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    1. Great question! I am not aware of any problems connected to using metal snaps. For our group, the plastic snaps were cheaper to purchase and add a colorful touch to the pads. Many of the groups that sew pads for Haiti, do not attach snaps or any other type of closure. The kits that are distributed in Haiti include safety pins for this reason. The girls are happy to receive the safety pins which can also be used for other purposes.

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    2. Thank you! This really helps clear things up. :)

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  23. Ive read that batting doesnt hold up over time. Do you have any feedback from the the girls? Thanks.
    http://cloth-pads.livejournal.com/864495.html

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Although we will not be changing the pad making system before the Feb. 2015 mission trip, our committee will look into the potential of using other absorbent materials in the future. My understanding is the girls in Haiti are very thankful for the pads as is.

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    2. Perhaps we have not received negative feedback from those in Haiti since the pads are washed by hand.

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  24. Just found this information from sew Cal Gal website. I look forward to sending my donations. Please advise if the address is any different than is posted on this website.
    Thank you
    Molly

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    1. The address is posted at the end of the above blog post.

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  25. Hi Sandra, Per entry of Asha, I am wondering if it is ok to use the bamboo fleece or other more absorbent and resilient material for the core? I have made some with the warm and natural but have read numerous reasons why not to use this and that there are better alternatives. Just wanted to make sure its ok to use other materials. Thanks.

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    1. We will accept pads that use bamboo fleece or other resilient materials for the core. Great question!

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  26. Please send me more info ASAP! My church sewing class will start this project in October. My email is victoriana122211@gmail.com or victoriana7@aol.com. Thank you so much ;)

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  27. FYI: If you sew the two seams down the pad through all layers it causes the pad to leak really quick. If you sew through the lining and just the top, the pad will last at least 3 times longer. I know this from experience. I have made personal pads for myself and found that the ones sewn to the directions above left me with soiled panties in about an hour. If you watch some of the reviews on Youtube.com you'll find that none of the pads sold online have stitching through the bottom, only around the edging of course.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Georgia. We will consider this when we update the pattern.

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    2. Please note the pattern has been changed to reflect your suggestion. Thank you!

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  28. Additional FYI: I used Velcro and it hurts. Sew on snaps would be better if you don't have a tool for the permanent type.

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  29. Update: I got funding and help from my American Sewing Guild neighborhood group. Soon I will be sending 167 pads, over half of which have snaps!

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  30. Hello, I was wondering if you're still accepting pad donations. My daughter and I would love to make some. What is the final date you are accepting?
    thanks!

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    1. Since pad kits need to be packed and shipped in advance, we are currently accepting pad donations for 2016.

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    2. Thanks for this excellent tutorial. Our UMW (United Methodist Women's Group) supports mission work especially those that support women and girls. We are planning on working with this as one of our hands on projects. Can you please tell me what size plastic snap works best? The site suggests trying out different lengths and sizes, but I'd rather not "experiment." Also, when ordering the snaps and pliers, are there other parts that need to be ordered along with the snaps and pliers?

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    3. We would love to have your group join our sewing team! We have found that plastic snaps work best for us and purchase supplies from KAM snaps. We have found size 20 plastic snaps work well with our pattern and apply with KAM's hand held pliers. The pliers came with all the tools necessary for application. Please note that snaps are optional. Girls receive safety pins along with the pads and do not view using the pins as a negative.

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    4. Thanks so much. I just ordered the pliers and size 20 snaps. We hope to have some ready to send to you before long!

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  31. I have asked my quilting group of Winter Texans if they will make Feminine Pads over the summer and bring them back to Benson Grove Resort in Mission in the fall and they all said YES! We are also going to save all the shampoo, conditioner, soaps etc. we collect from the hotels we stay at on the way home and again on our return to include with our package. You will be hearing from us in the fall! We are all excited to help out these young girls!

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  32. Hooray for Texas! So excited to hear of your interest in sewing pads! I'm not sure if sending shampoo and conditioner is an issue to ship internationally, but I will check into it and reply under this post. However, your idea about collecting unopened bar soap from hotels is excellent!

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    1. We welcome your suggestion to collect unopened bars of hotel soap for this project, however it would probably best to donate the the shampoo and conditioner to a charity in your local area.

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  33. Hello, I posted earlier about our UMW group making these pads. We held our first "sew-a-thon" Thursday and had a wonderful response. In fact, I was asked to inquire as we are considering helping with the "rest" of your project. Additionally, we will be meeting again to sew additional pads. We will gather more before sending. The questions I was asked were: We would like to purchase panties - What size and "style" are desired? I noticed you pack these in draw-string bags. Would you like help with these as well? If so, what size are they? Do you furnish new prescription bottles to hold the ibuprofen or "re-use" ones. On the bar soap, do you want a specific size (like 3 oz.)? This project has generated an awareness of our fortune and the very basic needs of others that go un-met. It has also generated a lot of interest. We are all very excited to be a part of this very worth wild project. Blessings to you for your service.

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    1. In response to your questions, we would be delighted to have your group sew the draw string bags. The recommended size is 11 inches by 16 inches. A local church supplies all the pill bottles that are needed. Ivory soap is recommend, and 3 or 4 oz size is preferred. Hotel bar soaps in the wrapper are also welcome. No liquids please. The suggested size for the panties is size 12-14 girls Hipster style. Many different brands carry the Hipster style. The important thing is that they are made of cotton. Thank you!

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  34. One more thought. (I just posted the above comment)...We found some "diaper liner" material that is flannel on one side and vinyl (I suppose) on the other. It is washable and very soft, so we are adding a layer of this after the bottom 2 pieces of batting before the outer flannel is sewed. Is this ok with you? We read the comments about leakage and all remember being fearful that we would soil our clothes when we were girls, so I thought this would be appreciated. Please advise.

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  35. Sandra, I sent in the two comments above (March 6). I tried to improve upon your well thought process, and unfortunately, did not see the problem until I began to add the snaps. Fortunately, I have had lots of experience with a seam ripper (LOL) and will re-do those with the liners in them. We WOULD like to help out with the rest of your project as well, though so if you could respond to the questions above, then I will pass along the answers. Thanks! - Gayle (St. Mark's UMC, Baytown, TX)

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    1. Hello Gayle and ladies of St. Mark's UMC! Your willingness to help is such a blessing! I wanted to give you a quick update as to what is happening on our end. The mission team just returned to the states and we will soon be meeting to plan for next years trip. I hesitate to answer your questions regarding the additional items included in the hygiene kits since the team may wish to make adjustments. Please check back to this post. I should have answers for all your questions very soon. Thank you!

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    2. Thanks Sandra. We will check back for updates.

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  36. I have made some of these pads for you, and I'll be sending them tomorrow. I made them like you asked us to, I'm not a great seamstress but I think they're ok. If I may make a few suggestions through. I wear cloth pads myself, and when I make mine, I put a layer of fabric called PUL (polyurethane laminate) on the bottom, it is a
    waterproof material and it works great, it doesn't leak even if the pads above it are soaked through. The inner core I've been using layers of flannel sewn together, which works ok, but I've ordered a fabric called zorb (used in making cloth diapers) it's supposed to be extra absorbent hold 10x it's weight in liquid. When it arrives I will let you know how it works. ..

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  37. Hi there, I have a couple of questions. I am wondering if I can make up my own pattern and make them up for donating. I would like to use PUL fabric on the ends and would prefer to use flannel for the liners. I noticed there's another company called Days for Girls that do the same. Which company do you use and is it operable in Canada? I am in BC and I have worked as a seamstress. Thanks!

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    1. Thank your interest in sewing pads for Haiti. We gladly accept donation pads from patterns other ours. We are not currently using the PUL fabric in our design, but plan to make some changes soon to include it. Using terry cloth or flannel would be acceptable as the inner lining especially if also including the PUL.

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  38. I know this s an older post, but thanks to google I found it :0) Do you know if they are still accepting donations for a 2016 trip? I would love to donate!

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    1. Thank you for your question! Pads need to be received by November 1, 2015 to be included with the next Medical Mission Trip to Haiti scheduled for February of 2016. Since there is an on going need, all pads received after that date will be given to Mission Possible to distribute in future trips.

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  39. What is the life of each feminine pad after washing over a period of time?

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    1. Great question! Many variables can affect the life of each cloth pad. Fiber content in the materials used, the quality of workmanship, and the way they are washed and dried will have an impact. Please note that the cloth pads sent to Haiti are washed by hand.

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  40. Thank you all for sewing these pads for the girls in Haiti. I have the honor of taking them to Haiti. Every stitch you sew you are stitching hope into these young women lives. They are staying in school 45 more days each school year. Thank you again for caring for those you need to know they are not alone. Blessings Pam

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  41. Hello
    This is a wonderful way to reach out!! I am wondering if my group of sewing ladies can also send the panties (what size) and we sew lots of draw string bags (again what size)
    Bless you

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    1. Hello Marg, We would be delighted to have your group sew the draw string bags. The recommended size is 11 inches by 16 inches.

      The suggested size for the panties is size 12-14 girls Hipster style. Many brands carry the Hipster style. The important thing is that they are made of cotton. Thank you!

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  42. do you think 80/20 batting would be absorbent enough? I have access to ends from long arm quilters, and the cost is free.

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    1. Thank you for your question. We are currently using only 100% cotton batting for health reasons. After the first of the year, we intend to move away from using batting and replace it with terry cloth or flannel as the pad lining.

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  43. Having trouble downloading the pattern and instructions. Keep getting an error message.

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    1. Sorry you are having trouble downloading the pattern. If you email me privately at sandra.sewinpeace.gmail.com I will gladly email the pattern to you.

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  44. Hi,
    I would like to sew pads but was wondering why these are about an inch wider (without the wings) than most I have looked at online. I would like to make mine 2.5" wide and use a different fabric instead of the cotton batting. Is that okay? Thanks.

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  45. Have you considered teaming up with Days For Girls? Their patterns and materials are noted to last three years. Anyone can start a local chapter....or no need, anyone has access to their patterns on daysforgirls.org. With that being said, we have a group making 25 of the Days for Girls kits, and I make it to Findlay a couple times a year (originally from NW Ohio, presently in WI). Would you be interested in distributing them (instead of me having to ship them to DFG headquarters, I can hand deliver), or are you only interested in your style of pads you're doing now?

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    1. I am familiar with the Days for Girls program and would love the opportunity to have our girls in Haiti test the pattern. We would be very interested in any pads your group wants to donate!

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  46. Thank you for sharing I want to make some for women & girls in Africa where our missionaries will be going in two months, for everyone I make I will make one for your mission, I am still trying to figure out how they can wear them if they do not have panties, I pray for wisdom if the Lord gives that insight I will share. I am going to try to get some other women and girls involved May God bless you and give you favor as you continue your work in Hatti.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Each feminine hygiene kit that is donated contains:

      basic hygiene information, 2 bars of soap, 3 pair of underwear, 100 ibuprofen tablets,
      5 safety pins, and 10 cloth feminine pads. These supplies will support one student for a year.

      Blessings to your missionaries as they minister to women in Africa!

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  47. I'm interested in making pads for the girls you serve in Haiti, but I'm not sure that I can afford to buy everything that goes into the kit. Is it still possible for me to participate by providing some pads? I haven't touched a sewing machine in nearly twenty years, and wanted to give sewing another try. The pads for your project look like they would be a great project for me to start with, but I'm also disabled so money is tight, which is why I'm not sure I can afford to assemble complete kits. Buying material to sew the pads out of will be challenging in itself, but still doable. It would mean a lot to me to be able to participate in someway, so I'm hoping that what I can afford isn't going to prevent me froom being able to help. I like to help others when I can, and this project seems like something that I could do as I described above. My Mom has done some sewing over the years, and said she would help me get the hang of the sewing part, but she isn't able to contribute much beyond giving me sewing lessons.

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    1. Thank you for your beautiful heart-felt comment. Please email me privately at sandra.sewinpeace@gmail.com.

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  48. It sounds like some changes might be made to the material used. Will there be an update soon?

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    1. Great question! Leadership is always open to ideas about improvements. If there are changes to the pattern it will be clearly posted on the tutorial.

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  49. I just came across your inspiring post. As I sew quite a bit for my great-grandchildren, I have accumulated soft cotton scrap pieces that are perfect for a project like this. I have downloaded the pattern and made some trial items.
    I live in UK and wonder how I could contribute from here.
    Looking forward to your response.

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    1. Thank you for your interest! We have received other international donations and would be grateful for any pads you would like to contribute. Donations can be mailed to:

      Sew*Quilt*Share
      c/o Gateway Church
      9555 County Road 9
      Findlay, OH 45840

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  50. Thank you so much for your very interesting post.

    Hygiene Services
    http://impacthygiene.com.au/

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  51. I want to make these for the girls in Haiti! I was wondering, would it be alright if I used woven cotton instead of flannel? Cotton is what I have in my fabric stash.

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  52. For hygienic purposes, it is very important to use 100% cotton. Pads made from tightly woven cotton would be acceptable. Thanks for the great question!

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  53. Sandra, I wrote sometime back that our UMW group was making pads. We have made more thank 1000 pads, 100 bags and have panties, soap, and ibuprofen to go with them. Would you be so kind as to e-mail me as I have questions on how to package them. My e-mail address is gayleedwards@earthlink.net.

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  54. Hi - I was wondering about including some type of moisture barrier shield for the liners. I have been reading quite a bit on the Days for Girls website. Could these liners for Haiti be adjusted to include an additional shield? www.daysforgirls.org

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  55. I discovered this in a random Pinterest feed last night and am inspired. I can't believe it never occurred to me to wonder what the girls of Haiti did for this need when my church has been supporting two different missions there for about ten years. One is an orphanage! We talk about how expensive the rice is and about the mothers feeding their children dirt cookies but this just never dawned on me! I am going to go to the women of my Haiti-lovin' congregation and see that we get some of these kits made to send with our next trip. I will also try to make some for your mission as well, but I know you are happy if they are getting in the hands of those that need them no matter whose suitcases carry them. Would you be so kind as to give me some details on some of the other things you include in the kits such as the specific "basic hygiene information" and how many ibuprofen and if they need to be packed in new bottles or if clean used ones will do? my e-mail is buggybat@yahoo.com Thank you so much in advance. Michele

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  56. What size would you like the drawstring bags? And would you also use more of a purse style carry all with a shoulder strap? Or would that cause difficulties in having different options?

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  57. I was doing some research considering making these to include in my shoe boxes next year, have read that the stitching on the pad allows leaks, have you experienced this? Will stay posted for updates. Blessings to you for this work ! Elaine

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  58. Hi I make something similar to this for my Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. I love the idea of adding basic hygiene information. I was wondering if you would be willing to your b information sheet with me. Pls contact me at nailor2ernhout09@gmail.com

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  59. Hello Sandra I would love to help make the hygiene pads my email is rtrues57@gmail.com and I would need a address where to send the pads. thank you

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  61. Hi, with regards to the drawstring bag, and wet bag is a great alternative. With a snap closure front pocket for clean pads and a zipper enclosed back pocket for soiled ones, this bag holds in odors. A handle on the side is for easy transport. I'm not trying get to reinvent the wheel, but I'd love to hear ur thoughts on the idea. Thanks! Karen.hunter2@yahoo.com

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  62. My church sewing group is interested in making these for girls in Africa. I've been reading about the fabrics and see that cotton batting is not recommended on many websites. In the above blog, I have read that you are changing to a terry or flannel for the absorbent area. However, the tutorial still says cotton batting. Do you have an updated tutorial? And is the outer layer that snaps also flannel? Although we have no budget, we want to try to use materials that will work well. Thanks!

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