This tutorial isn't for everyone and that's OK but half the population have them and the other half will often live with someone who has them, whether that is a partner, friend or daughter. I personally find it more embarrassing that there is such thing as period poverty in this country so I am happy to help talk about it and break down the taboo.
I am ashamed to admit that when I first heard of the idea of a cloth pad from a friend, I turned my nose up at it. I still agree to a certain extent that it isn't always 100% practical depending on your flow. I thought I would share the waste reducing ways I have changed my cycle. Everyone's motivation for changing to cloth pads is different and it was the plastic that sanitary products now come in that changed it for me. They never used to and I just don't understand why that had to change. There is also the the health benefits, no chemicals and risk of toxic shock syndrome. It is also a great way of saving money. If you already sew, you will probably already have a stash of cottons and if you quilt, you may also have wadding you can use.
I am not health specialist and I don't give advice, I am just sharing my personal thoughts and experiences. In the last 6 months I have invested in a menstrual cup, it is the best thing I have done and can't believe more people don't know about them. I do not have to think about my time of the month for 12 hours at a time and I don't have to worry about buying sanitary products so the £15 I spent on it has already easily been paid for. It also means that I have saved on dozens of sanitary products going to landfill so I feel good about that too. The cup also allowed me to see and understand my period more and I didn't feel it was necessary to use it towards the end and at night when I would usually use a liner instead. This leads me to the reason I am writing this blog. Using a reusable liner for these times was a great compromise for me so if you are feeling inspired, I have written an easy tutorial and attached a simple pattern you are free to use.
If you like the idea but for what ever reason can't make your own I can highly recommend English Garden Lovelies. who makes cloth pads in all shapes sizes and fabrics.