EarthyMamaGoods

eclectic handmade toys and mama goods

1993 Sales

EarthyMamaGoods

eclectic handmade toys and mama goods

1993 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Retro Rags™ reusable cloth menstrual pads and postpartum pads, Retro Rags Plus™ reusable cloth menstrual pads designed to fit plus sized women, Retro Rags Teen™ reusable cloth menstrual pads designed to fit teens and petite women, felt travel toys, Wee Mouse Tin House, one-of-a-kind wool & wool felt ornaments, needle felted animals, gnomes, and Waldorf style puppets - that's what you'll find in the Earthy Mama Goods shop. I've been sewing for 38 years and have been sewing and selling reusable cloth menstrual and postpartum pads for over a decade. I first sold them through our online business, Retro Rags Wisconsin, and now here on Etsy in my EarthyMamaGoods shop.

Want to be one of the first know about future sales events? Subscribe to the Earthy Mama Goods email list or blog RSS feed to receive information about sales, new listings, and new products in the works. Visit http://http://earthymamagoods.com/

Or visit the Earthy Mama Goods Facebook page and like it to stay up-to-date about promotions, discounts, and the latest listings. https://www.facebook.com/earthymamagoods/

Sewing, felting, and shipping occur Monday through Friday and the shop is closed on Sunday for Sabbath observance. I am no longer accepting custom order or wholesale requests.

Now all the cloth pad listings in the shop are for pads that are sewn and ready to ship!

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Last updated on Aug 24, 2016

Retro Rags™ reusable cloth menstrual pads and postpartum pads, Retro Rags Plus™ reusable cloth menstrual pads designed to fit plus sized women, Retro Rags Teen™ reusable cloth menstrual pads designed to fit teens and petite women, felt travel toys, Wee Mouse Tin House, one-of-a-kind wool & wool felt ornaments, needle felted animals, gnomes, and Waldorf style puppets - that's what you'll find in the Earthy Mama Goods shop. I've been sewing for 38 years and have been sewing and selling reusable cloth menstrual and postpartum pads for over a decade. I first sold them through our online business, Retro Rags Wisconsin, and now here on Etsy in my EarthyMamaGoods shop.

Want to be one of the first know about future sales events? Subscribe to the Earthy Mama Goods email list or blog RSS feed to receive information about sales, new listings, and new products in the works. Visit http://http://earthymamagoods.com/

Or visit the Earthy Mama Goods Facebook page and like it to stay up-to-date about promotions, discounts, and the latest listings. https://www.facebook.com/earthymamagoods/

Sewing, felting, and shipping occur Monday through Friday and the shop is closed on Sunday for Sabbath observance. I am no longer accepting custom order or wholesale requests.

Now all the cloth pad listings in the shop are for pads that are sewn and ready to ship!

Kari White

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Today I'm busy cutting out pieces for the Wee Mouse, Wee Bunny, and Fox in a Box sets as it's time to begin creating new inventory for the Christmas rush.
Even though it's still summer here, I'm busily sculpting Christmas and Yule ornaments. If you want a custom gnome ornament I will be accepting a limited number of custom orders. Hurry, because when my calendar fills, the custom order listing disappears!
Our latest fabric option - blue mid century inspired abstract floral. Available now in the 10", 12", & 14" reusable cloth menstrual pads.
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About

mothering inspired my business

I began hand crafting toys for my daughters over eleven years ago and I enjoy creating handcrafted toys made with natural materials. I love creating open ended toys that fill my children's time with creativity and allow them to immerse themselves in imaginary worlds. I want my children to have safe toys created with natural materials and use only those same high quality materials when constructing toys for clients as well.

My inspiration and ideas come from all around me. One of my daughters might suggest an idea or I might see a wonderful illustration in one of the books we're reading. Sometimes I just look at the wool and see the object that it can become. Our daily life is filled with creative play, artistic expression, gardening, cooking, and lots of learning through living. I create toys made with wool that I source primarily from Wisconsin farmers. I buy raw fleece and then wash, card, and dye the wool myself. I also create toys made with 100% wool felt.

My line of Retro Rags™ reusable cloth menstrual pads first began as pads that I designed and sewed for my own use. I began sewing these over a decade ago when I first learned about reusable "mama pads" via the Mothering dot commune discussion boards. I offered the postpartum pads via the Mothering magazine discussion boards in craft swaps and they were so well received that I started a business selling them through my business Retro Rags Wisconsin (retroragswi.com). After the birth of my second daughter I shut down the business in order to spend more time with my daughters while they were young. I continued to sew pads for my own use and I continued to swap them. When I opened Earthy Mama Goods in 2011 here on Etsy I once again offered Retro Rags™ pads to the general public. My designs are the result of testing by hundreds of women of all sizes as well as my own personal preferences. All of my products are still sewn personally by me - Kari.

If you're new to using cloth menstrual pads I recommend that your first purchase be the pad you think will work best for your heaviest days. If you're not sure which length and absorbency to choose, please write to me and we can discuss your needs and help you make the best choice for your body type, menstrual flow, and other unique attributes.

The Retro Rags Teen™ reusable cloth menstrual pads are designed for petite pre-teens, teens, and women. They are a very narrow pad. The Retro Rags™ heavy flow and postpartum pads are designed to fit most women. The Retro Rags Plus™ pads are designed for larger women. These pads are wider and longer than most pads manufactured in the same flow ranges. The Retro Rags Plus™ pads will best fit women who wear a pant size 16W or larger. Smaller women can wear them, but will find them to be wider and longer than most pads marketed in those flow ranges.

We've put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about Retro Rags™ reusable cloth menstrual pads and you can find them at the bottom of our shop policies page https://www.etsy.com/shop/EarthyMamaGoods#policies

Sewing, felting, and shipping occur Monday through Friday and the shop is closed on Sunday for Sabbath observance.

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2016
Frequently asked questions

How many pads should I buy?

Every woman’s cycle is unique and the number of pads you would need depends upon the heaviness of your flow, how many days your period usually lasts, how frequently you plan to wash your pads, and whether you’re using only cloth pads or are combining them with the use of a menstrual cup. We do recommend changing your pads at least every four hours. So if you use that minimum (but some women will need to change them more frequently) and plan to wash pads every other day, you’d want a starting supply of 18-20 pads so that you could have some in the wash and still have pads left to wear.

Which type of pad is right for me?

10 inch light Retro Rags Teen™ - sized for petite teens and women. Narrow pad for light flow. Ideal back-up for menstrual cup.

10 inch Retro Rags Plus™ - for light or moderate flow days if your flow tends to stay in center of pad. Ideal back-up for menstrual cup. Sized for plus size women.

12 inch heavy Retro Rags Plus™ - for heavy days. Some women with lighter flow use it for overnight. Sized for plus size women.

14 inch Retro Rags™ - for overnight & postpartum use. Two snap settings allow it to fit both average and plus sized women.

17 inch Retro Rags Plus™ - for overnight/postpartum use. Super absorbency & really long. Designed for extremely heavy flow. Best for plus size women and extreme postpartum flow.

How do I wear the pads?

The patterned flannel fabric is the top of the pad and is the part placed against your labia. The solid colored fleece fabric is the bottom of the pad and is placed against your panty. Snap the wings around the gusset of your panty to secure the pad to your panty. These pads work best when worn with close-fitting cotton panties. Panties made with nylon or silk are slicker and the fleece backing tends to slide and shift when cotton panties aren't used.

How often should I change the pads?

We do recommend that the longest you wait between changes is four hours to limit bacterial growth. You may find that your flow is heavier and you may prefer to change them more frequently. These pads will not be as absorbent as the disposable pads you've probably been using. There are no chemicals in them that gel up when liquids touch the chemicals. The pads I sew use natural fibers (cotton and hemp) to absorb liquid and use the PUL and polar fleece as barriers to prevent leaking.

How do I wash the pads?

General washing instructions:
Machine wash in hot water (minimum temp. 120F) with a mild laundry detergent.
Machine dry on medium heat.
Do not dry on high heat.
Do not use fabric softeners – either liquid or sheets.
Do not bleach.
Do not hand wash.

For best results either wash or rinse well within 24 hours of use.

Please wash & dry your Retro Rags™ cloth pads several times before using them for the first time. This necessary step will help remove the factory applied fabric sizing and allow your pads to reach their full absorbency prior to your first use.

Why are your pads so thin?

I chose to use a 55% hemp 45% certified organic cotton blend fleece in my soaker layer because it's a very absorbent fabric that is also thin and flexible. I wanted a comfortable pad that conforms to my body shape and the hemp/cotton blend fleece helps this pad stay more flexible than stiff fabrics like Zorb. Hemp fabric is also known to be a less hospitable environment for bacteria than polyester and other synthetic fibers. My design was created for my period, which is a heavy 7 day cycle with gushes and clots and these pads function very well for heavy flow when changed at appropriate intervals.

Do you have any sales or specials?

Use coupon code POSTT15 at checkout for a 15% discount on the purchase of 7 or more postpartum pads.

Use coupon code 15OFF100 at checkout for a 15% discount on your purchase of $100 or more.

Want to be one of the first know about future sales? Subscribe to our email list or blog RSS feed to receive information about sales, new listings, and new products in the works. Visit http://http://earthymamagoods.com/

Or visit our Facebook page and like it to stay up-to-date about promotions, discounts, and the latest listings. https://www.facebook.com/earthymamagoods/

You might spot a coupon code in my Pinterest pins. Follow me at https://www.pinterest.com/earthymamagoods/

We do not offer wholesale or co-op pricing.

How long have you been in the business?

First, let me explain that I started sewing cloth pads for my own use about 11 years ago. Then I began offering them in craft swaps on the Mothering.com discussion boards. The mamas there loved them and they encouraged me to start a business. I did. It was called Retro Rags Wisconsin and I named my pad design Retro Rags™. I had my own website and ran a full-time business but shut the business down in 2009 to spend more time with my daughters while they were young. I decided to put my foot back into the water, so to speak, on a part-time basis in 2011 and opened a shop here on Etsy. Obviously the shop includes a wider product line and that's one reason I didn't resurrect the name Retro Rags Wisconsin.

Is my package insured?

U-Pic, Shipsurance, or USPS insurance is included with all purchases from our shop. We also provide tracking and delivery confirmation for all of our shipments shipped to US addresses. It's extremely rare that packages are lost or damaged, but if it would happen to your package simply assist us in completing the necessary claims paperwork and provide us with photographs of the damage and you will receive a refund.

Why can't I return or exchange the reusable cloth menstrual pads or postpartum pads?

Due to the very personal nature of cloth menstrual pads returns and exchanges are not possible. Please carefully read the detailed item listings prior to making a purchase decision.

If you have any questions please feel free to write to us before making your purchase and we can work with you to help you make an appropriate selection.