Sep. 21st, 2005 @ 04:38 pm panty liner pattern
Hello!
Not that long ago, I stumbled upon this community and was instantly interested. I have absolutely no idea how I missed out on this! (Okay, it's not as if I've never heard of rags before... I just never realized there were still people using them today.) I decided within a few minutes of reading that I wanted to give this a try, and spent several more days reading and wandering till I came across the lunapad site. I really liked the look of their pads, but I am way too broke to buy any at this time. However, I love to sew - so I thought I'd try something simple and attempt to duplicate their panty liner pad for my own use.

So I downloaded the largest image I could find of the luna panty liner and loaded it into Photoshop were I carefully made a exact pattern of the pad. I printed it onto cardstock and used that as a pattern to trace onto a bit of PUL I had laying around. (I do homecare for someone who is incontinent, and uses LOTS of cloth pads. They wear out after several hundred washes, and we have a stack of them 50 or more. The corners of the pads are still in good shape, so I cut one apart to salvage that part of the liner.)

I used a old 100% cotton shirt in rainbow plaid to cover the liner with a bit of bias tape for the edge, and then another old flannel 100% cotton shirt for the pad. When I sewed the pad I cut two layers and did that inside out and turned it like a pillow so I'd had a smooth edge, then stitched that onto the liner part. I sewed on a snap, and there you go. Here is a photo:



I gave it a quick wash with mild soap and hung it out to dry before I tried it out. It was SO more comfortable than my regular panty liners!

After I was done I decided my panty liner is a bit overkill, but it would work great as a light day pad. I have plans to make a whole lot more. I made a PDF file of my pattern. Since I don't have a place that can host it, I will email it to anyone who wants one. adahygirl at gmail dot com

I also plan to make another pattern for a larger maxi pad when I get the time. I will let everyone know how that goes when it's done. (That will be VERY soon as that time of the month hit a week early. :p I've decided to not use my old throw away pads and use the tri folded washcloth idea until I have something better.

*Edit*

You can download a copy of the pattern here!

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adahy:
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From:conorific
Date:September 22nd, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
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I'll host it for you - send it to me: conorific @ gmail dot com and once I get it, I'll reply back with the address of the file. Great job!
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From:adahy
Date:September 22nd, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
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I just sent the file. Thank you!!
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From:conorific
Date:September 22nd, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
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just link it with this address: http://conorific.com/junk/padliner_pattern_v1.0.pdf wherever you want, i have lots and lots of bandwidth.
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From:adahy
Date:September 23rd, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

I have a few patterns that I hope to share with the comm as soon as I make them. Would you mind hosting them? The file size will be small, and it's only a few. (two to three more)
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From:conorific
Date:September 24th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
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of course not, just gmail them along.
From:mexonxpedestal
Date:September 22nd, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
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Wow, those are a lot more professional looking than the ones I made. Props!
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From:adahy
Date:September 22nd, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
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Thank you :)
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From:heartspunmom
Date:September 22nd, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
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Those look great, and I love your icon! :D
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From:adahy
Date:September 22nd, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
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Thank you :)

I made the icon too :) It was going to be all animated with growing tree limbs, but when I got done doing the animation you could'nt really tell what it was doing and the icon was way too large anyhow, so I scraped that idea but kept that still as a simple icon.
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From:kejlina
Date:September 22nd, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
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that's pretty! i love plaid.
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From:adahy
Date:September 22nd, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
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Thank you :) Me too. I was lucky to have shirts I liked to cut up! :p
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From:starmama
Date:September 22nd, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
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Wow, that's gorgeous! Very nicely done. You can see some of the pads I've done in my scrapbook. What I'm currently using are underwear, both homemade and purchased, with a sewn-in pad. I need to take some pictures of them. I don't use menstrual pads - I use a Diva Cup for that. But I do have stress incontinence and have to wear a pad every day for that.
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From:starmama
Date:September 22nd, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
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I meant to say - can't wait to see your pattern!
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From:adahy
Date:September 22nd, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
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Thank you :)

Wow, the undies look great! Where did you get the pattern for them, or did you make your own?

When I get the link to the pattern I will post it. Or, if you like I can email you a copy.
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From:starmama
Date:September 22nd, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
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I just took a pair of underwear whose fit I liked and cut open the side seams (at the hips), laid them out on an old t-shirt, and traced around them. Leave extra fabric all the way around for seams and hems. That's it, really.

To make them padded, allow for a little bit wider hem, and cut a pad that matches the width of the crotch (minus most of the hem allowance - it's nice if the hem overlaps the edge of the pad a bit) and is as long as you need it to be. For incontinence panties, mine are about 8 layers of t-shirt fabric with a layer of PUL on the bottom (between the pad and the panties).

I'm about to make some heavier ones for my fall/winter bronchitis season, when my incontinence is always worse. I think I'll use some of my son's old cloth diapers for those.

Anyway, zig-zag around the edges of the pad layers and pin it into place. If you're not making them padded, you can cut a single layer of fabric to line the crotch if you like, and sew it in the same way. Hem the legs, making sure to catch the edges of the pad. If you want, stitch down the ends of the pad and then sew up the sides, leaving a bit of an opening for elastic to be threaded through. Now you can hem the waist, again leaving an opening for elastic. Thread elastic through the hems and stitch the ends together well, then stitch closed the openings you left. That's it, they're done :)

Either way on the pattern. If you want to email it, send to makalaughingwolf (at) gmail (dot) com.
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From:adahy
Date:September 23rd, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Neat! I just need to get up the willpower to cut up a pair of panties. I only have a few of the ones I really love, and they are hard to come by! I also hate to sew strechy fabric. But I guess it's something In need to get over.

You can download the file now, I edited the post to inclose a link.
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From:starmama
Date:September 23rd, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
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If you just snip the stitches along the side seams, you can sew them back up and still wear them! :)

Thanks! I'll check out the pattern.
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From:starmama
Date:September 23rd, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and be sure to use a stretch stitch or zigzag stitch on stretchy fabric.
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From:momofquacker
Date:September 22nd, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
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wow, a LOT better than the ones i made. very good!
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From:adahy
Date:September 22nd, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
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Thank you :)
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From:slayertatiana
Date:September 22nd, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
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The bias binding looks very snazzy!
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From:adahy
Date:September 23rd, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :)
From:rancora
Date:November 28th, 2005 04:16 am (UTC)
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I've seen the blue binding stuff before what is it? Is it the bias tape stuff? How do you use it?

By the way your pad looks awesome, very professional looking, you could probably make extras to sell no problem.
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From:adahy
Date:November 28th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :)

Yup, it's bias tape. You can get it at any place that sells sewing suplies, or make your own. It's easy to sew on. You just take your layers of fabric and place the tape over the raw edge and hold it on with pins. You can eather sew it by machine, or by hand. That's what I do, since I like for things to line up perfectly.
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From:greenanimal
Date:November 11th, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
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I just found this so sorry this is delayed - but do you still make pads that mimic Luna pads pantyliners? I so want a few mini or teeny liners but they are too expensive.
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From:adahy
Date:November 11th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
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I still offer the pattern, but I've never made them to sell. The pattern can be found here http://shewhorunsintheforest.googlepages.com/
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From:greenanimal
Date:November 12th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
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Thanks for your response. It's actually wonderful - I don't sew, but someone who does is making panytliners for me from your patterns. I am sending her my Punky's pantyliners that are too bulky for me. I love this community :).