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Product Spotlight - Sanitary Towels/ Pantiliners - and a new PDF Pattern to help you make your own!

A selection of the 5 different sizes of my reusable sanitary towels in galaxies, shark and faux glitter print
I love funky pattern on my sanitary towels!

If there's one product that I can hands down say has made a massive difference to my life it's reusable sanitary towels. If there's one product that I know people have real difficulty with, it's reusable sanitary towels. If there's one product that I would love you all to try, it's reusable sanitary towels!

I cannot tell you enough how much I love these. Do you remember Jen from Eco Living Ideas? I had her on as a guest blogger on 17th May. Well, she shared some great menstrual pad facts over on her Instagram a few weeks ago. Here's some of the best bits:

  • Some sanitary towels have up to 90% plastic content

  • Plastic applicator tampons can last up to 500 years

  • Nearly 5 million sanitary products (tampons, sanitary liners and panty liners) are flushed down the toilet every day in the UK

  • On average, 4.8 pieces of menstrual waste are found per 100 metres of beach cleaned

Pretty grim reading, especially when there are alternatives that are really easy to manage and use.

Price wise, reusables require a bit of cost upfront, but you don't have to buy them all at once. I sell mine individually and if you buy one or two a month, by the end of the year, you'll have 12-24, a decent number to make a difference to the planet and your period. Buying them individually will also give you an idea of which absorbencies you will need and get you used to washing them too.

Washing them: now there's another issue. I do have a video over on my YouTube channel that talks about care for your sanitary towels. I always like to soak mine overnight in cold water to reduce the staining. Sometimes I will add in bicarbonate of soda too as that can help. Then I pop them in the wash at around 40oC. I will do them at 60 sometimes with towels, but it can make them fade and also shrink a little. They can be tumble dried, even with the additional PUL (the washable waterproof layer I use for my medium and heavy pads), but too much will shrink the pads and damage the PUL. I usually either air dry, or dry them on a radiator rack. Better for the environment too.

If you're in the mood for really upping your sewing game from beginner to intermediate, a new PDF pattern dropped yesterday. I have absolutely loved coming up with this pattern and I've spent hours on Adobe Illustrator making the end product as easy as possible for you to make your own. Not only that, but the pattern also comes with information about the lengths and absorbencies that I use as well as washing instructions.

In addition to the PDF Pattern that you can download and print at home, there is also a fabric bundle available for you to buy with all the fabric you need to make them - cotton, organic bamboo towelling, Zorb, waterproof PUL as well as snaps and hook and loop tape for the closures.

As always, there's a free YouTube video showing me making up one of the towels that you can follow along with or watch before you make. I want you to get the most out of this pattern and the fabric bundles, and have a happy period, so please ask me any questions at all that you'd like.

What do you think? Are you ready to sew your own pads??

Ruth xxx

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