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Postpartum Pad System Sewing Pattern

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Author Mamma Can Do It
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Make Cloth Postpartum Pads With This Reusable Postpartum Pad Pattern!

After a woman has a baby (postpartum), she needs quite a bit more flow protection than normal. Not only is postpartum flow protection expensive, but most pads are not even practical for the “gush” that happens. By choosing reusable cloth postpartum pads, you will be saving your body against chemically infused materials, you will have a pad that is adequate to handle your flow postpartum, you will have a soft and comfortable pad against your sensitive skin AND you will save an incredible amount of money.

This postpartum pad pattern is a 3 part system to give you all the protection you need after having a baby.


This postpartum pad shell is designed to keep either disposable or cloth pads in place during the first week after a baby is born. This is the most 'messy' time for a new mom. During this time, you will find that the gussets of the shell keep the “gush” moments in place without fear of soiling clothing. There is a built in pocket for putting a baggy full of crushed ice, a snap for holding a cloth insert into place (if you choose to use cloth), and double snaps with three size settings for keeping the shell attached to your panties.
The postpartum pad shell is designed to be washed in the washing machine when soiled, however – you should get many pad changes out of one pad shell. Simply unsnap the insert if using cloth, or remove the disposable pad. Wipe the pad shell with toilet paper if there is anything on it and add a clean insert or pad. This saves time, cost to make and patience.


This shell insert (the soaker) is to be used with a shell. It does not have a waterproof layer so it is important that it snaps into the shell to stay into place. If this insert is made with recommended fabrics it can hold up to 8 ounces of fluid – this absorbency is double then the leading disposable overnight maxi pads. The recommended soft fabric gives your sensitive skin a break from harsh disposable pads.


When the first week postpartum is over, blood flow slows down considerably. This is the time to switch to an 'overnight' pad. The AIO postpartum pad makes it easy to switch!
The AIO postpartum pad has the absorbency and leakproofness built right in. It has wings that have double snaps with three size settings for keeping the pad attached to your panties and in place.
If you choose to use the recommended fabrics, the AIO postpartum pad will hold up to 4 oz of fluid. This is the same absorbency as the leading disposable brand, yet MUCH more soft and comfortable.
When your postpartum flow is over, simply use these pads for heavy days or overnight.


A tutorial for a postpartum shell pattern – use with cloth or disposable pads
Step by step directions with crisp, real life images for each step
Snapped wings with 3 size adjustments
A tutorial for a postpartum shell insert pattern – perfect fit for the shell
Step by step directions with crisp, real life images for each step
Snap in insert stays in place
Holds 8 oz of fluid
A tutorial for the AIO postpartum pad pattern (also doubles as an overnight pad)
Step by step directions with crisp, real life images for each step
Snapped wings with 3 size adjustments
Holds 4 oz of fluid
Printable pattern pieces
Postpartum pad shell
Postpartum pad shell insert
AIO postpartum pad (overnight pad)
Recommended fabrics

Budget friendly fabric & notion ideas

Cutting charts to get the most out of fabric

Tips on how many pads to make

Tricks on how to sew recommended fabrics, using snaps & places to buy supplies for best prices

100% support from a professional seamstress

by PurpleEars
on January 15th, 2015

Very nice to have these on hand for post delivery. The instructions could be a little bit clearer in terms of right side vs. wrong side for the pieces. The sample pictures did not have a clear right and wrong sides so I had to guess and hope for the best.

by Toonin
on April 5th, 2013

I bought this pattern a while ago and have just made it.
great instructions easy to follow I recommend this pattern.


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