Reusable Nursing Pads

As a nursing mom I get tired of purchasing disposable nursing pads, especially after I’m over the newborn stage and have leveled out in my milk production. However I can’t go without a nursing pad altogether and I was disappointed with the reusable ones I purchased at the store because of their lack of shaping to the body. What do you do when you can’t find something you like? Make it! This pattern is great because of the dart it shapes to your breast and doesn’t

What you need to make this project

1 Shield Liner Craft Pack
1 yard Bamboo Batting

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1/4 yard 100% Cotton
Sewing Machine & Thread

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Step One

Gather your supplies and print the pdf pattern. I used 100% cotton white broadcloth, however If I were to make these again I think I would choose white flannel.

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Step Two

For each nursing pad you will cut the following using the pdf pattern. 2 self (100% cotton fabric), 2 Batting, 1 Shield, so for a set of nursing pads double it.

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Step Three

Next you will sew the dart closed- First layer the following pieces and pin them together- shield, batting, self. Pin these layers together and fold in half to sew the dart together using 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew the remaining self (cotton fabric) darts closed by its self. To have finished dart seams on both the inside and outside of the nursing pad you sew them separately.

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Step Four

Trim the excess fabric from the dart off to leave less bulk inside the nursing pad.

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Step Five

Lay the wrong sides together and pin the outside self to the layered inside piece.

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Step Six

Sew all the way around the nursing pad using 1/2″ seam allowance. If you have a serger serge the edge to make it finished. If you don’t have a serger you can do a zig-zag stitch or using pinking shears to finish the edge.