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Hey there! I'm Dalya and I run thatpinksack! I absolutely love to sew any chance I get. Cloth pads were one of my first sewing projects as a sewing beginner. Thanks to them and my lovely customers, my sewing has improved and I am always interested in sewing new things.

Aside from selling my products occasionally, I am a student majoring in Microbiology.

I turn and top-stitch my pads for durability and I look for the best fabrics that I can get my hands on. I am a strong believer in quality vs. quantity, not many items will be stocked in the shop. My pads are truly handmade with exception of just one sewing machine, and a little serger, so thanks for buying handmade!

All my products are made with love, careful thought and attention to detail. I'm very picky with my sewing, even for myself!…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 8
  • Joined June 30, 2008

Favorite materials

cotton flannel, polyester fleece, organic cotton fleece, bamboo fleece, cotton interlock, cotton sherpa, minky, polyester thread, quilters cotton, linen, procare, pul, bamboo interlock

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About

Hey there! I'm Dalya and I run thatpinksack! I absolutely love to sew any chance I get. Cloth pads were one of my first sewing projects as a sewing beginner. Thanks to them and my lovely customers, my sewing has improved and I am always interested in sewing new things.

Aside from selling my products occasionally, I am a student majoring in Microbiology.

I turn and top-stitch my pads for durability and I look for the best fabrics that I can get my hands on. I am a strong believer in quality vs. quantity, not many items will be stocked in the shop. My pads are truly handmade with exception of just one sewing machine, and a little serger, so thanks for buying handmade!

All my products are made with love, careful thought and attention to detail. I'm very picky with my sewing, even for myself!

If you would love to leave a review please visit:
http://clothpadreviews.forumotion.com/cloth-pad-reviews-f11/that-pink-sack-usa-t107.htm or feel free to contact me as well :)

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Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads:

I know it sounds really nasty when you first think about it, but cloth pads are not rags. Cloth pads today are topped with a variety of prints which come in different colors and different plant sources. Cloth pads are not dirty or unsanitary, they are pretty much the same as your undies! What to do when your clothing becomes stained or has odor? You wash them of course! Also, it is silly to call a feminine hygiene product "sanitary" because menstrual blood is not dirty and there are already millions of bacteria on your skin right now! Disposable menstrual products are made by machine but are not sanitized either!
While the environment is a good reason to try cloth pads, comfort is a bigger priority. It's not right to shame women who use conventional disposable menstrual products! Using cloth pads in that painful and horrible time of the month makes it more bearable and more cheerful. Curiosity is a beautiful thing, and it is how I became interested in cloth pads.

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Why use a Cloth Menstrual Pad?

One word: Comfort!

Cloth pads are not what women were using 50 or so years ago for their menstrual needs. Fabric is now more colorful, you have a variety in absorbent natural fabrics, and water-proofing or water-resistant fabrics when needed. The result is a comfortable, absorbent and worry free pad!

Natural fabrics withdraw the moisture away from your body into the absorbent layers in the pad and have the right amount of thickness. Many women who were past users of disposable pads often complained that their disposables often failed for them and leaking was common, but when they switched a cloth pad, the issues were gone. When you are using a reusable cloth menstrual pad, you will know about *everything* that is in that cloth pad, a product that you will use every month compared to the "mystery" disposable pad.

They are reusable and will last around 5-10 years. You can wash them anyway you'd like as there are MANY methods of cleaning them (http://clothpads.org/washing.html), but be sure to NOT use Fabric Softener (liquid/sheets) and NO Bleach.
Refer to "Care Instructions" below.

If pads were never your thing for that time of the month, you may prefer the "Menstrual Cup" or the "Menstrual Sponge (Sea Sponge)" http://ecomenses.com has a lot of information about them!

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Fabrics:

The absorbent area or "core" in my cloth pads are usually made of cotton flannel, Bamboo Fleece and Organic Cotton Fleece. I use A LOT of different fabrics for the top of pads.
These fabric combos are *very* absorbent compared to the old standby of just using layers of flannel. These natural fabrics are wonderful for women who have very heavy menstrual flows too.
***I DO NOT USE "BATTING" MATERIAL!*** This material is not a fabric and not suitable for cloth pads. It is not absorbent and falls apart over time.

Explanation of fabrics:

***Waterproofing/Water-Resistance

PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) - Cotton/Polyester fabric that has been laminated on one side. It's completely water-proof and excellent for women who have "Niagara Falls" as their menstrual flow. PUL can come in a variety of prints as the back of a pad, but it is usually hidden inside of the pad so nothing can poke at it. PUL is pretty flexible, but it's not as breathable as polyester fleece.
***Procare is almost the same thing, except it is not shiny and a bit more stiff. It's known to be used in hospitals and care facilities.

With both Procare and PUL, I include a full body layer. Meaning that it extends into the wings and everywhere, not just the center! This makes washing easier and water-proofing more secure.

Polyester Fleece - Fluffy in texture and is generally the back of the pad. It's water-resistant but not until the pad is heavily saturated. The trick to using polyester fleece is to change more often (every 3-4 hours). Polyester fleece is more breathable than PUL. The negatives of polyester fleece is that it makes a pad more thicker and can hold in heat, which is why it is used in some winter jackets. However, polyester fleece does a good job in keeping away moisture and holds the shape of the pad very well. It is also completely stain resistant since it's made out of synthetic materials - polyester. It is a classic choice as more cloth pad users are staying away from PUL.

***Topper fabrics

100% Cotton Flannel - Cotton flannel is available in a variety of prints. It's very fluffy from being brushed and being made from cotton yarn. It's a classic choice for baby blankets and pajamas. It still remains to be the classic choice for cloth pads. The negatives is that flannel can hold more heat, this is why it is used in pajamas and blankets. Overtime after washings, it can get pilled and lose its original appearance (I suggest washing in cold). The soft brushed texture on the top has more texture than standard Quilter's cotton and is more softer. On a positive note, flannel shows its age and usage overtime naturally and beautifully. It's a material you can rely on and it's really comfortable.

100% Flat Cotton/Quilter's Cotton - Comes in even more of a variety of prints than cotton flannel. It's mainly used for clothing, handbags, and quilts! This choice of fabric is not recommend for women who have very thick and clotty menstrual flow, as it has a flat surface and not much texture. However, it stays exactly the same after each wash and stays gorgeous! Most of my own cloth pads are topped with flat cotton :) Most designer prints are in quilter's cotton, my favorite designer is Heather Ross as the quality of her fabrics are much softer than most flat cotton fabrics!

100% Cotton Interlock - Much similar to t-shirt material, but far more softer. It has a gorgeous shine and texture to it. It's perfect for women with thick menstrual flows. Bamboo interlock is a bit more softer than cotton interlock.

100% Cotton Sherpa - This fabric is kind of hard to describe. It reminds me of bath robes but has a super fluffy texture (think sheep!). This fabric does an amazing job with thick menstrual flows.

Minky - Made of 100% Polyester but feels very soft, it's almost like velour, but thicker. This fabric does not ever stain because it is all polyester. It's mainly used for heavier flows.
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How many do I need?

This is a difficult question to answer because all women have different menstrual flows.

To simplify this answer. Ask yourself these questions!

1.) How long is my period? (example: 7 days)
2.) How often do I change? (example: 2-3 times a day)

So 7 (days) x 2 (changes) = 14
or
7 (days) x 3 (changes) = 21


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How many of each?

1.) How long does my heavy flow last? (example: 3 days)
2.) Regular flow? (example: 2 days)
3.) Light flow? (example: 2 days)

So if you change 3 times, you'd need 9 heavy flow pads, 6 regular flow pads, and 6 light flow pads :) A total of 21 pads. For light flow pads, you don't need to change as often.

I do not recommend getting all pads from just one seller! Different cloth pad sellers offer different designs and fabrics! So only buy a couple and try each seller based on what catches your eye :) I have many favorite cloth pad sellers! Also, when cloth pads are properly taken care of, they will last 5-10+ years! I recommend washing on cold/warm to keep fabrics at their best!

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What do I do when am out? Like at work, school, etc?

One option is to find a cheap cosmetic zipper pouch and put in ziplock sandwich bag inside. That way any moisture or messes is kept inside the sandwich bag, but your pretty cosmetic pouch doesn't give off clues :)

Another option is a "wetbag!" It's usually a zippered pouch that comes in many sizes. The outside is usually flat cotton and the inside is fully lined with PUL (Polyurethane Laminate - Cotton/Polyester Laminated Fabric) or "Procare" (similar to PUL). Just toss your used pad(s) into the wetbag until you are ready to care for your pads at home :) When cycle is over, just toss your wetbag into the wash with your pads! Super easy! Wetbags are very charming because no one will ever know what may be inside, they are discreet, and come in many prints!

At home?
You can use a cute thrifted pillowcase to store your used pads. You really do not need anything fancy and using a pillowase or cloth drawstring bag allows the pad to dry without odor.
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Care instructions

There are MANY ways to wash a cloth menstrual pad. To check them out visit: http://clothpads.org/washing.html

Caring for cloth menstrual pads is very simple! It just takes a bit of extra time! The first things I should point out is: NO BLEACH! NO FABRIC SOFTENER. Bleach makes fabrics white and it eats at the fabric. And Fabric Softener coats the fibers of fabrics with a waxy-like substance, which is what makes fabrics soft. Using fabric softener on your pads will decrease their ability to absorb, and will cause leaks. To make your pads a bit more softer, add some plain white vinegar into the washing cycle (about 3-4 tablespoons). This softens naturally.

For stains I highly recommend the following products that you can add to your washing routine:
“Ecover” Stain remover. Has an amazing scent and is very powerful on stains, very earth-friendly! This is great after you rinse out your pad!
Baking Soda. A very basic item to have in your home. It gets rid of stains, naturally. I suggest it because it is widely available and very affordable.
“Oxy Clean” A oxygen-based cleaner that is very effective in lifting away stains.

There are MANY ways to wash a cloth menstrual pad. To check them out visit: http://clothpads.org/washing.html

Note: NO BLEACH! NO FABRIC SOFTENER!

This is my preferred method as you do not need to rinse every individual pad. Soaking even for 1 day or a couple of hours makes the pads dramatically cleaner and removes most stains.
***Cloth pads that contain PUL or Procare as water-proofing fabrics can be machine washed and dried, no problems.

1.) Store all used pads/cloth wipes in a wetbag or cloth bag.
2.) At the end of the cycle fill a soaking container with warm/hot water and add some essential oil (either lavender or tea tree oil) and a scoop of oxyclean, or baking soda.
3.) Put all pads into the soaking container and move the pads around.
4.) Change the water one time a day until wash day, replacing any essential oils or stain removers if need be. (You can soak for one day and wash the next)
5.) Wash with whites in a mesh laundry bag (to prevent them from getting lost and makes them last longer) along with towels, bedding items, underwear, etc.
6.) Toss the pads in their mesh laundry bag into the dryer OR hang to air dry. Hanging them in the sun works great on stains and is environmentally friendly! If you cannot immediately wash after soaking, you can hang to dry.

PLEASE avoid fabric softeners and bleach around cloth pads.
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Why the shop name?

Why the name "thatpinksack!"? I wanted a name that was totally quirky and random. I also wanted something that referred to the humble Uterus. The Uterus is pink and it is a "sack". Some ladies hate theirs and some admire it. I was fascinated with the Uterus after taking Human Anatomy & Physiology courses!

Did you know that the Uterus is made up of 3 different layers? The very outside is the Perimetrium (holds it in place), the second layer is the Myometrium (which helps during birth), and the innermost is the ENDOMETRIUM! (The lining that you shed during your menses).
Neat huh?
:)

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Thank You for reading! If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an etsy conversation. Please note I no longer take custom orders anymore.

:)

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