Hi! I’m Laura, the chief fabric buyer and creator at
Whatakrakka Fancy Pads. I live with my husband and 3 children in
Palmerston North, New Zealand.
What – a – cracker is the pedigree name of our Boston Terrier Teddy.
I make gorgeous cloth menstrual pads out of designer cottons, using a very effective bamboo core, hidden PUL (waterproofing) and finished off with soft flannelette.
Not only are they gorgeous to look at, they are also very effective and have made many of
my customers actually look forward to their periods so that they can use
their beautiful pads.
As you can see I use fun and beautiful prints for the top layer (goes against your body) which are 100% cotton. The cores are made of layers of soft and thirsty bamboo fleece (70% Bamboo, 30% Cotton for durability) which is one of the most effective fabrics that can be used as the absorbent layers in cloth pads. Next we have a layer of Poly Urethane Laminate which is a waterproof fabric then a layer of soft flannelette on the outside to cover the PUL as that can make pads slide around in your undies. Which is not what we want! The fancy stitching you can see attaches the core to the top of the pad keeping the bamboo nice and flat as well as directing your flow quickly into the centre of the pad. I use the method of sewing the parts together and then turning them out the right way and top stitching which gives a nice tidy finish. The pads are then finished off with some plastic snaps.
Washing Your Cloth Pads
- When they are new try and keep dark and light colours separate for the first few soaks and washes.
- I put mine straight into a bucket of cold water. When I have enough to wash I put them through a rinse cycle , then I wash them with my other washing and hang them to dry or put them in the hot water cupboard.
- If you get stains you can add something like Ecostore Stain Remover to your soaking bucket or use a spot treatment. The sun can also help fade stains.
- Like all fabric they will fade if left in the sun for long periods of time.
- Do not use fabric softener as it can make pads less absorbent.
- Do not use bleach.
- Do not use the dryer.
- Some women find they stain certain colours more than others. Some don't stain at all. Others bleach black and other colours over time. Everyone's bodily fluid is different and I can not tell you which colours will suit you best. Unfortunately it is a trial and error thing.
- If your pad stains or bleaches it is not considered a fault of the pad.