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I have two daughters which means we have the need for discreetly carrying sanitary pads in our purses and backpacks. I know for my daughters, it’s a little embarrassing to carry sanitary pads into the bathroom with them. We made a cute tissue holder out of fabric a while ago, and I thought it would be fun to use the same design to make Sanitary Pad Pouches too!
These are so simple your daughters can make them themselves. Take them to the store and pick out 4 coordinating fabrics. You only need about 7″ of each fabric.
We really like using U by Kotex for our feminine needs. They have really cute covers that are brightly colored and perfect for girls. These pads are thin enough for my daughter to wear with her cheer shorts and not worry about anyone knowing she is wearing a pad. The 3-D capture core also ensures no leaks during active times.
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Now on to the tutorial to make these cute Sanitary Pad Pouches:
You will need:
- Strait Pins
- Sewing Machine with thread
- 5 Coordinating Fabric Squares cut 6″- you will need 5 total squares
Start with the fabric square you want for the back of your pouch. Put the fabric FACE UP on a work surface. Mine is face down. Don’t make that mistake! Take the other squares and fold them in half and “finger press” them as shown.
Now add one rectangle to the bottom half of the base square with open edges out and folded side in.
Add another rectangle to the right side of the square the same way, folded side in.
And another rectangle to the top folded side in.
And your last rectangle the same way, folded side in, but this time put the bottom of the rectangle under the first rectangle you placed. Like you are weaving.
Now use your straight pins to keep everything in place.
Start sewing in the top corner of the pouch. Sew a straight line leaving about a 1/2″ seam allowance.
When you get 1/2″ from the end, stop, leave the needle in the fabric, lift up the foot.
Turn the fabric, let down the foot and continue sewing like that until you reach the beginning point.
When finished, cut the extra material away so the pouch will turn inside out easy.
Now turn the pouch right side out.
And you’re done!
So easy and cute!
My daughter wanted to make her own. She chose different fabric than her older sister. I just love how both of them turned out!
Now they have a cute little pouch to carry around in their purses or backpacks to school and no one will know what’s in them 🙂
So smart! I used to carry mine to school in a paper bag 🙁
Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama says
That’s pretty cute!! Love the fabrics you used!
vidya sudarsan says
With 5 daughters of my own, this is definitely something I will have to add to our summer craft lineup.
Kimberly @ Stuffed Suitcase says
Very cute & something I’ll have to do for my two daughters when they get older.
Thanks for sharing a simple project that my 3 girls can do themselves! This is a great idea to give them some sewing skills and a neat little pack for their pads. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you! I’ve been looking for a cute holder pattern (to lazy to make my own currently, I’m drafting a shirt pattern, to much woooooork lol). I think I’ll add a small strap w/ clip – so it doesn’t get lost in my bag (five small boys, I carry a monster bag >.< my things get lost easily!).
Varalekshmy Raghavan says
Hi, this seems very easy to make. Should the napkin be folded while keeping in the pouch?
Yes, it should be folded.
I am definetly making this!! Just one question… How exactly do you put the pad in the pouch?
You just slip it through the opening.
Hi, Thank you for this tutorial! It was super fun and easy, I was searching for a way to “close” something without having to add a zipper ! this is awesome! I’m curious, have you tried this in different sizes, and have you tried putting loose change, money, or credit cards etc in them?
I haven’t tried putting loose things in this. I’m not sure change would stay, but I think credit cards would. Let me know if you try it!
Thanks for posting this! My girls use washable pads, and they really needed something to not only discreetly carry a clean pad but also to transport a dirty one home for washing. I used an old reusable Wal-Mart shopping bag (both waterproof and washable) and this was a really quick sew.
Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern. I just finished 6 of them. They were quick and easy. They will be sent to the Pine Ridge Reservation for the teen girls. I will be making a lot more of these. 🙂
Tips From a Typical Mom says
Wow, Myndy! That’s amazing. I grew up near there in Rapid City. My father served the people of Pine Ridge for a long time. This is amazing! Thanks so much for helping them.
Did you use fat quarters to start?
FABULOUS!!! with 4 granddaughters approaching puberty, I’ve started making some. Found the 7″ a little too roomy, so tried a 5″ perfect!!
Thank you sew very much!!!
This post is eight years old, but I want to comment. I’m in central Oklahoma, and part of a group of people who stock and monitor free pantries around town. My Girl Scout troop designed and built one several years back. The troop has since disbanded (everyone graduated high school), but I still watch over our pantry.
One item I regularly place into the pantry is sandwich sized plastic zip bags with pads and tampons in them. Can you imagine being in need of such items and not having access? I’ve been making an effort to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics, and have been thinking about my little pad/tampon baggies. Fabric bags would be a nice alternative. They need to be fast/easy and inexpensive to make (in quantity). Since I don’t know that the bags will be reused, I don’t want to go through the effort/expense of bags with zippers. I was thinking a drawstring pouch might work, but I think I like your design even more! This should be even faster, and your little pouches are cute! Thank you so much for sharing your design with us.