For many women, the menstrual cup has become an indispensable way of getting through their periods without building up deplorable amounts of waste. Today’s solution does the same, while also allowing you to avoid the risks linked to the chemical products found in sanitary towels and tampons. However, we still need to be protected from leaks, and these washable panty liners could in fact come in very handy at the beginning and end of your cycle (when the flow is less abundant) or for protecting against small leaks during pregnancy.
What you need:
- Cardboard for the stencil
- An old towel, a bib or a piece of terry cloth
- A piece of cotton material (organic if possible)
- A snap button
- A needle and thread
- A pin
- A pair of scissors
1) Cut the desired shape for the pantyliner and the wings from a piece of cardboard. You can tailor it to a size that suits you (for example, make it longer if you are worried about it slipping).
As a guideline, the measurements used here are 14.5 x 5/5.5 cm for the pantyliner and 4 x 3.5 cm for the wings.
2) Place the terry cloth on top of the piece of cotton: Pin the terry cloth to your cardboard stencil. You can then use the stencil to trace the desired shape out before removing it, or simply sew around it.
3) Cut the shape out, cutting 0.5 cm outside the sewing line.
4) Start sewing over the edges in tight zig zags.
4) Cut 4 wings from the remaining cotton, keeping a margin of 0.5 cm from the stencil.
5) Pin the wings together two by two and sew them together 0.5 cm from the edges (a straight stitch will do, but you can also add a zig zag if you wish).
6) Use a straight stitch to sew the wings to the edges of the terry cloth.
7) Add the snap button which will keep the panty liner in place.