My friend Zoë is at it again with another one of her amazing tutorials…
Hello bloggy friends!
Recently I posted on Instagram (@zoedawnshop) about making LuoPads for women who don’t have access to the disposable products that we do in the states. Of course Mavis took a liking to such a money-saving idea so here I am!
Quoted from my instagram post:
“Sometimes is hard not to be discouraged in this complicated world we live in but I know one thing that’s pretty simple :: I can use my spare hours to sew something for someone else and today as I prayed that I may show tangible love to someone, the little LuoPad pattern I have came to mind. This afternoon found me cutting some out and beginning to stitch them together.
Sometimes love looks like having coffee with the man down the street and listening to his story. Other times it means writing a check to an organization which feeds the hungry. Today, for me, it looked like tiny terry cloth snippets covering my sewing room floor and sweatshirt. And i pray these LuoPads help a few ladies stay clean and healthy.”
The organization that I sew these for (GAIN) uses flannel for the pads. They make a terry cloth insert that gets sewn into the inside of the pad. I’m sure you can use other fabrics but I make them as they prefer. Make these for yourself or help a lady out!
Find a pattern/shape you like via the interwebs or draw up your own and then get to work!
1. Cut two pad pieces from flannel.
2. Cut two or three insert pieces from terry cloth. Two if towel is thick, three if it’s a little thinner. (I use lightly used bath or hand towels. Gotta repurpose all I can!)
3. Serge or zigzag the insert pieces together to keep them from shifting apart inside the pad.
4. With right sides of flannel together and using a scant 1/4 inch seam, sew around the outside edge of the pad, leaving a two inch opening at one end.
5. Snip the inner corners just to the seam, no further. Don’t cut the stitching!
6. Turn pad right side out, making sure to poke out corners well.
7. Stuff insert inside of pad.
8. Turn raw edge of opening in and pin shut.
9. Sew around entire edge of pad using a scant 1/8 inch seam allowance.
10. Shimmy the insert around until it is centered in the pad.
11. Sew around the edge and down the middle of the insert to hold it in place.
12. It should look like this.
13. To the flaps, attach a snap according to your snap gadget’s instructions.
14. And finished!
Thanks for following my tutorial! Cheers to saving the earth, a bit of cash, and helping others out!