Yes, we are here!

At MOTHER EARTH LIVING and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-456-6018 or by email. Stay safe!

Moon Pads

Soft flannel makes for a comfortable base for these DIY eco-friendly sanitary pads.

| August 2019


After enjoying forty weeks of freedom from one’s monthly curse, it seems a bit unfair to be saddled with weeks of bleeding after childbirth. Alas, such is life, and by this time every mother knows that womanhood is not without its discomforts.

Reusable cloth pads can help to make the experience a little more comfortable, and have the added virtue of reducing plastic waste. For mamas with sensitive skin (like myself), these soft flannel pads are a real treasure.

This pattern uses two layers of batting for general use, but you can easily customize the pads to suit your own needs and preferences by reducing or increasing the number of batting inserts used. For a heavy flow, try using four inserts. For a very light flow, try using just one. If you want to reinforce your pads with a waterproof layer, try lining the bottoms with PUL fabric.

Material + Tools     

  • 1/4 yard (23cm) flannel
  • 1/4 yard (23cm) cotton batting
  • 6 metal snaps
  • Matching thread
  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Scissors or a rotary cutter with mat
  • Pins
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand sewing needle



Measure and Cut Pattern Pieces

1. Cut or trace pattern pieces (Moon Pad A, Moon Pad B) from pattern library. Fold flannel in half. Pin pattern piece Moon Pad A to fabric, with arrow against fold. Cut fabric. Repeat to make two matching pieces.

Subscribe today and save 58%

Get the latest on Healthy Living and Natural Beauty!

Mother Earth LivingRedefine beauty and embrace holistic living with Mother Earth Living by your side. Each issue  provides you with easy, hands-on ways to connect your life with the natural world -- from eating seasonally to culinary and medicinal uses of herbs; from aromatherapy and DIY cosmetics to yoga and beyond. Start your journey to holistic living today and you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter


click me