Saturday, March 26, 2011

Taking it back

This might be a little on the gross side for some readers. Just a little warning.

My latest project "Taking back the rag"

   Basically this project is helping me be a greener me and taking a step off the grid. Using less plastic and packaging. I had used O.B. (wrapped individually with plastic BOO) since I was 14. About 4 yrs ago I came across a product called INSTEAD. I tried it...loved the product and the fact that I use 2 of those a day instead of 6-10 tampons a day but hated that I was still using plastic products. I'm on the last box of INSTEAD and decided that it was time to get the DIVA cup. I still felt I needed something else to cover those light days so I looked up rags. Its been a fun project.
 I've had a pair of old flannel PJ's in my fabric stash that I've been hoping to upcycle and finally found the perfect project!! Turn them into cloth pads. The only thing I purchased to make these was "warm and natural" batting for the interior. I had cotton cloth, snaps, vinyl backed fabric, and flannel on hand. This was a fun and easy project. I tried out a pattern I found online thru my research: Pauline's pattern didn't fit me. I used her pattern for the first one and then reworked the pattern to fit me. If I had pads on hand I would have used those for a base but alas I had none. I have also seen a circular pattern that I am going to be trying later this week. They look super easy to make and have a good amount of coverage. :D

closed / opened

The next half of this "taking back the rag" project is making a few wet bags and crochet tampons.

I'm still researching the crochet tampon. I couldn't imagine its less safe than the chemically treated tampons in the stores. ICK. I'd rather give natural cotton a chance. If anyone knows more about them please drop me a line!

Wet bags/ reusable snack bags have been on my list for a while and now is the time to get them done. Summer is creeping up and I'd like to have them done for traveling and kayaking. Its nice to be able to take snacks and other goodies out on the water with me without plastic baggy's that might fly into the water.


  1. Well, I must say, you took me by surprise with this post. However, I'm not repulsed or 'grossed out'. So, with that said, I am already happy I started following you, as I can clearly see that you will bring a wave of creativity and inspiration to your blog. I look forward to seeing more of your projects!

    I have just recently got back into sewing after a 15 year hiatus, so I don't have a lot to share yet ... but, you are welcome to follow my blog if you want. Although, I'm not sure I will ever top your crafty projects! Thanks for the smile!

  2. Have I told you lately how much I love you? This is one of the many reasons why I do! If I still had periods, I would be totally going this route also! :)