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Several varied pads later, I think that I am ready to post the instructions and pattern for the cloth pads that we will be making for our party. Really there are so many patterns and ways that you can make them. Trim liners for light days, pads for heavier days, postpartum/nighttime pads; the options are endless as are the patterns available. I am really not suggesting that mine is superior, just that I know what I use the most and I know (believe me I know) what a pain it is to wade through all the patterns available. I want something that is simple to sew and that will also work for these girls for years.
So here is a pattern as well as a picture explanation of how to make the pad. I have done my best to make it understandable and easily usable but please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
I also found these links to have very helpful info on various pad styles, materials and care: http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~obsidian/clothpads/index.html and http://www.squidoo.com/pad-fabrics-guide .