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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

picture tutorial for sewing mini cloth liners

Sewing cloth pads is really not as hard as you might think. I've already given you a full picture tutorial for sewing regular sized cloth pads. You will also find all the dimensions for cutting out pieces for these mini cloth liners there.

Mini cloth liners are just about essential to my wardrobe. Many women and teen girls buy disposable dry liners to wear on a daily or semi-daily basis, so why not sew your own washable ones that will, like the regular pads, not only be better for your body, but also kinder to the earth and free up a little spending cash in your wallet?

To begin, you will need to trace and cut out your pieces, with the guidelines given in the other tutorial, link above. For one liner pad, you need 4 pieces cut in the pretty outside flannel fabric, and one piece cut in the inner lining quilter's batting.

As per the very top pic at the head of this article, stack two outer flannel pieces good side facing in to each other. Stack the other two the same way, and then place them on top of the inner lining piece.

Start sewing. I find that these mini cloth liners are small enough I don't need to pin the fabric, but you can if that makes you more comfortable. Sew all around the edge, leaving a gap on one side about 4 finger's width, or large enough through which to flip the pad right side out.

The tags of thread mark the start and finish of my sewing, leaving the gap in the middle where my fingers are.

Sew both stacks.

Flip them right side out, shape well, and press smooth either with an iron or your hands. Better quality flannel tends to cooperate well without ironing.

Topstitch around the outer seam, all the way around the edge, closing up the gap with the rough fabric edges turned inside the pad. Topstitching not only closes the hole, but ensures the pad will remain flat after washing and wearing.

I forgot to change the thread before starting this mini cloth liner, but it ends up serving a purpose. The black edged piece on the left will circle around the gusset of your underpants and snap together. The white edged piece on the right contains the absorbent inner core of quilter's batting, and will lie on top.

Place the two pieces on top of each other and sew along the existing topstitch seam to secure together.

I like to secure the pieces together by sewing twice along that seam. Rather than backstitching, the easiest way is to sink the needle down as an anchor into the fabric, lift the presser foot, and turn the pad the other way around so that you can sew along the same seam going forward.

Almost finished mini cloth liner. All that is left now is to fold pieces in place, decide where you would like the snaps to fit, and handstitch or hole punch snaps on your liner.

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