Postpartum Cloth Pad DIY Tutorial – How to sew a Heavy/Overnight Menstrual Pad

Let’s be real, disposable menstrual pads are just the worst. Rashes, itching, small, and that terrible diaper feeling are all common complaints from new mothers during the first 6 weeks postpartum where pads are your only option. If you’re not willing to put up with disposable, consider using cloth pads. You can make them in all kinds of natural or synthetic fabrics in different shapes, sizes, and absorbencies. Users report less skin irritation, shorter bleeding, and more love (they’re so pretty!!!). They are so easy to make, here’s a tutorial for you to try out!

A quick note, if you don’t want to mess with sewing one, head over to my favorite place to buy postpartum cloth pads which is ETSY. Support a SAHM!



– Pattern: EtsyThe Happy Hippo Shop has my favorite patterns (Anything 12″-18″ long, pick the flare and shape you want)

Flannel or desired backing material


Zorb 1 or Hemp/Bamboo blend – or your favorite absorbent materials. I love Zorb for postpartum pads because it’s so absorbent, but you can use more natural fabrics if desired or up-cycle fabrics from around the house. 

Bamboo Velour – or your favorite topper material. I also like knits, flannel, or cotton. Velour fabrics are great for heavy flow or gushing because it absorbs so quickly. 

Rotary Blade 

Cutting Mat

Ginger Scissors 

Pinking Shears (optional)

Wonder Clips 

Washable Marker 

Kam Snap Set 


Step 1: Prepare Materials and cut out fabrics.

– Cut out backing, PUL layer, Topper, and core(s).


Step 2: Trace the pattern onto the wrong side of topper fabric and aline core fabric(s) in the center. Pin core(s) to topper fabric to prepare for sewing.

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Step 3: Sew core(s) to wrong side of topper fabric using the traced pattern as a guide for centering.

postpartum cloth pad


Step 4: Assemble layers and wonder clip together. (View video at 4:00 minutes in)

– Place RIGHT SIDES of topper and backing together.

– PUL on the bottom with SHINY SIDE DOWN.

– Don’t use pins for this step; it will put small holes in the waterproof PUL layer and could cause leaking.

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Step 5: Sew all layers together along the traced pattern line (look and see if your pattern accounts for seam allowance)

*My pattern included a seam allowance, so I sewed 3/8″ on the inside of my traced line.

IMPORTANT: Leave a 2-3 inch opening for a turn hole. Make sure to back stitch the ends in place. Most patterns tell you the best place for your turn hole, but I usually look for the longest straight section of the pad. It’s difficult to topstitch later when an opening is on a curve. You can see my turn hole here under the right wing before the bottom curve.


Step 6: Trim off excess

– I use pinking shears which make the edges smoother when it’s turned right side out. You can use scissors if you don’t have pinking shears.

– Don’t trim the section where your turn hole is located so you have some fabric to work with.


Step 7: Clip inner corners of the wings. DO NOT clip the thread!!!! If you miss this step, your corners will bunch and pull funny when you flip it right side out.


Step 8: Use turn hole to turn right side out. Wonder clip the turn hole closed.

– This is why it’s important to leave the turn hole untrimmed. It’s difficult to get the fabric tucked inside nicely if it’s cut short.

TIP: Use a pen to get the corners of the pad nice and square (also shown in video).


Step 9: Topstitch all around pad.


Step 10: Add Kam Snaps.

– You can add one or two snaps depending how wide your wings are. Make sure to line them up with sockets on one side and studs on the other. Make sure to watch this step in the video so you get them on the right way.

Postpartum Cloth Pad DONE!!!


Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and post a picture of your finished pads on my Facebook Page! I’d love to see and admire your work! Post comments and questions below.

Check out my other tutorials to prepare for your new little life or Pin them for later:

DIY Birth Ball Cover

Washable Nursing Pads

PUL Diaper Cover

Make and Wrap your own BengKung Belly Bind

2 Ways to Dye your BengKung Belly Bind

Happy Sewing!

~All things for you and your new little life ~

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