How to Make Reusable Contoured Nursing Pads

Finished reusable contoured nursing pads

How to Make Reusable Contoured Nursing Pads

Let’s face it, disposable nursing pads are expensive. And, have you looked at the price of reusable ones? Here is a quick and easy project to make your own reusable contoured nursing pads. Although you can make them out of any absorbent and washable fabric, using flannel keeps them soft and absorbent.

Do not use any plastic or water repellent fabrics, as it is important to have breathable fabric.

Finished Contoured Reusable Nursing Pads
Yield: 10 each, 5 sets

Reusable Contoured Nursing Pads

Make your own reusable contoured nursing pads from 1/2 yard of flannel. These are more comfortable than store-bought disposable or reusable ones.

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  • 1/2 yard heavy weight flannel, or 1 yard regular flannel
  • Thread


  • Sewing machine
  • 6" ruler
  • Frixion pen


  1. Draw 5" circles on your flannel. I used a Frixiron pen. If you aren't familiar with them, you can draw or write on your fabric, take a bit of heat to it and your lines disappear. ALWAYS test on a scrap before using. 5" circles drawn on the flannel
  2. Cut them out - I had 30 circles with 1/2 yard of fabric. I used 3 layers for each nursing pad.
  3. Mark the center of each flannel circle with your Frixiron pen. Mark the center of each circle
  4. One at a time, fold each circle in half. Using your 6" ruler, measure in 1" on the edge. You'll sew from this point to the dot in the center, forming a dart. This makes the pad contour to fit the breast and not be too bulky.Sew from 1" in along the edge to the center to form a dart.
  5. Sew all of the way to the center dot.Sewing the dart in the nursing pad
  6. Continue to sew darts in all of the circles until they are all complete.
  7. Next, you want to layer the flannel circles to make the nursing pads more absorbent. With the heavy weight flannel, I layered 3 circles for each nursing pad. If you have regular weight flannel, I'd recommend 6 circles for each nursing pad. When you layer them, stagger the darts and folded fabric so they aren't all stacked together - that would cause too much bulk. I layered them with the darts at 12, 4 and 8, like a clock. Also, the top and bottom layers had the darts folded to the inside. Layering the nursing pads
  8. Here is another view of layering the circles of flannel to make thick and absorbent nursing pads. Another view of layering the nursing pads
  9. Now, zigzag or serge around the circles! I didn't have my serger with me, so used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine. I did zig zag around them twice, to make sure I captured all three layers. Sewing the layers together
  10. Here is another view of sewing the layers of darted flannel together to form an absorbent nursing pad.Sewing the layers together

Make your own reusable nursing pads
Finished reusable contoured nursing pads

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