This project has been a long time underway with fits and starts for various reasons, but dang it if it’s not (allllllmost) done!
What we see here are 94 reusable menstrual pads that will be part of some period kits for school girls in Tanzania. I need to make 2 more in order to put 4 in each of these drawstring bags along with a couple ziploc freezer bags for transporting used pads and some panties. When these young women have their periods they have to miss school and often that means they get behind enough that they just quit going.
I was a part of making these kits a few years ago via a local friend who was traveling to visit a Tanzanian friend. We learned how much these were appreciated and asked if anyone was interested in making more. Then the holidays came, followed by Covid, etc. and anyway… I don’t know if anyone else has been working on this and I don’t know all the details of the finished kits. So I still need to find out how the panties thing goes before they are done-done.
The exteriors are two identical pieces of flannel. One side has two layers of cotton batting sewn to it with a channel sewn into the center. The other has 2 layers of cotton batting on top of a moisture barrier as is used in cloth diapers only secured around the edges. Velcro is used on the “wings” to secure the pad.