Finding Inspiration from the Daily Things
Q: What do you get when you cross fabric with a laptop and a toddler?
A: Probably a disaster, but in this case, you get Simple Pear on Etsy. Hi, I'm Maria, sewist for Simple Pear, and I'm so glad you came to visit! I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, thanks to my equally crafty mom. In fact, I still use the first pair of scissors, pincushion, and craft basket that she gave me when she first taught me to embroider at the age of eight. Now, many years later (I won't say how many), I have the joy of introducing my own kids to the joys of handmade goods.
I do all the sewing for Simple Pear in my home. My husband is kind enough to put up with my taking over a large part of our shared office space with sewing machines, bolts of fabric, and notions; and he is often there right across from me, working on his own projects. My workbench is a antique solid oak desk that we found for $1 at an estate sale. It is the little strokes of luck like that which really make me smile!
The biggest inspiration in my shop work is my two boys, ages 3 and 1. Nearly every kid's item in my shop was first designed as gifts for my children, and I am always on the lookout for fun new toys to make. My oldest son is a really good sport about modeling all the doll carriers, and he also enjoys taking an active role in the sewing process. Among his favorite tasks: turning on the sewing machine, putting pins on the pincushion, and counting velcro pieces for the doll carriers. From our home to yours, we hope that you enjoy your own little piece of Simple Pear.
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Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
My orders are shipped via USPS First Class with delivery confirmation. When your order ships, you will receive an email with the delivery confirmation email so that you can track your order's journey to you doorstep! Generally, packages from Simple Pear take about 2-3 days in transit. If you want an item at your house by a specific date (holiday, birthday), you can usually depend on the item to reach you in the specified sewing time + 3 days to ship. HOWEVER, I have had items get delayed for reasons known only to the postal gods, which is why I also offer UPS guaranteed ground shipping at $8 extra for those times when you absolutely need to guarantee a delivery date and don't want to gamble with the USPS. If you would like this shipping option, please convo me before you purchase, and I will set that up for you.
For international orders, I cannot guarantee when your item will arrive, as customs processing times vary from country to country. If you are hoping to receive your order by a certain date, let me know and I will do my best to get your order out ASAP and give it the best chance of reaching you in time! International buyers acknowledge that international shipping comes with a higher risk of and that Simple Pear is not responsible for lost/damaged items beyond the U.S. border. Additionally, please be aware that your country may charge additional import and duty fees when it arrives in your country. You can calculate your approximate import taxes here: http://www.dutycalculator.com/ . I love sending orders to customers all over the world; so don't be scared, but do be informed!
Refunds and Exchanges
We accept returns of unwashed and unworn doll carriers and toys. Buyer will pay return shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
How do Simple Pear menstrual pads work?
My pads are considered envelope-style pads because they feature an outer layer, or envelope, and removable inner absorbent inserts. The envelope cover features wings that snap closed, so it as easy to put on as a disposable pad.
The advantages of the envelope design are that the absorbency level is fully customizable this way (use the same kind of pad throughout the entire period and customize it was you need to, as opposed to buying and sorting many pads with different absorbencies). Depending on how heavy your flow is at any particular time, you can add or remove inserts for customizable absorbency! Also, since it comes apart into smaller elements, it can be more effectively cleaned.
Currently, I offer two different kinds of pads: the Pocket Pad and the AIO Pad, which both offer great absorbency for daytime needs. The Pocket Pad features an outer envelope made of flannel with an opening in the back for two microfiber/flannel inserts, which are included. The Pocket Pad is a great option for women on a budget, because it air dries very quickly and has a greater range of absorbency levels-- use both inserts for heavier days, one insert for light days, or no insert at all for a pantyliner function!
The AIO Pad is a our super-convenient pad. It is all sewn together in one piece, which eliminates the sorting and stuffing steps of the Pocket Pad, which some women may find tiresome. The AIO Pad top soaker portion is attached to the flannel base at the ends only, vastly reducing any chance of pressure leaks and improving air flow for a shorter dry time. The AIO pad will take quite a bit longer than the Pocket Pad to air dry, but it offers slightly more absorbency.
You may have noticed that my pads do not have a waterproof layer. Don't panic! In my experience, blood rarely ever makes it to the last layers of the pad because there are so many layers of absorbency to halt the flow on top! (six layers total- two microfiber, and four flannel) Even disposable pads leak sometimes-- the key is using the right absorbency for your flow at the moment.
~What does cloth have to offer that disposables don't?
Savings-- When you buy disposables, you are literally throwing your money in the trash, every month, for decades. Cloth pads last for years and offer a substantial financial advantage.
Personal Comfort-- There is a reason that we wear cotton clothing instead of plastic clothes! It is way more comfortable, softer, and more breathable. The same holds true for pads! One lovely bonus to using cloth is that you will avoid the chafing and itching that often occurs at the end of a period, after living in plastic for a week. :-)
Less chemical exposure-- Some women find that they bleed and cramp less when using cloth. The prevailing theory is that this is the result of your body not having to contend with the chemicals typically found in disposable pads and tampons. Also- prepare to be shocked!- I have found that you will run into FEWER odor issues with cloth... blood interacting with disposable chemicals tends to produce some weird smells.
Environmental friendliness-- Cloth pads don't take up space in landfills, don't require large amounts of chemicals and energy to produce, and don't cause emissions from being processed and delivered every single month.
~What do I need to use cloth pads full-time?
To figure out how many pads you'll need, think about how often you plan on doing pad laundry during your period. The fewer times you plan on washing, the more pads you will need to buy. The great thing about envelope-style pads is that they clean up well with hand washing, so if you are in a dorm or shared laundry facility-type laundry situation, you can get by without going to the laundromat multiple times during your period!
My recommended amount of pads per day is 5-6 day pads and 1 night pad. For lighter days, 3 panty liners ought to do the trick (or 3 panty liners per any day for a menstrual cup user).
If you plan on going out and about, you'll need something to store your used pads in. If you're on a budget, ziploc bags work fine, but if you have cash to spare, I recommend using a wet bag. Mama D's currently does not offer wet bags for sale, but you can find them from many other Etsy businesses.
How do I launder cloth pads?
Cloth pads are pretty no-fuss, no-muss. You can rinse them out and wash with your regular laundry and toss them in the dryer just fine. Simple Pear's pads are made to stand up to abuse! That said, you can take a few extra steps to reduce staining: pre-soak in cold water in a small container for several hours. Adding 1/4 tsp Borax to the soak water will greatly help reduce staining. If it's going to be a couple days until you wash them, you can let them air dry after they're done soaking. On laundry day, wash on cold (I throw mine in with the rest of my laundry) and air dry. Under NO circumstances should you use fabric softener on your pads! Fabric softener will coat the pads and make them repel liquid. Many women prefer to wash their pads on a hot wash cycle; if you go this route, be aware that washing on hot and drying on the dryer may cause a greater likelihood of permanent staining and shorter lifespan of the pad. Just do what works best for you, and I promise that the pad police won't be coming after you. :-)
What about stains?
Stains won't hinder the pad's ability to absorb, but keeping pads as pretty as possible is important to many women. Pre-soaking really is key to keeping pads looking their best. From several years' personal experience, I can tell you that with a good soaking/cold wash regimen, pads don't hold on to stains-- lighter-colored fabrics DO tend to look dingy after a while, but I have yet to get a splotchy-looking pad (and this is even after several months of throwing them in with my son's cloth diaper laundry on hot).
~What kind of soaking container should I use?
In a nutshell, anything that holds water will do the trick! I like to use repurposed plastic food or detergent containers because you can easily toss/recycle them later. A lid is a nice feature in case you want to agitate the water a bit, but I strongly recommend that you leave the lid off during soaking time to let the pads breathe and avoid odors!
~Do you do custom orders?
I love to help customers get exactly what they're looking for! Are you on the hunt for a certain color, a special size, a different material, or some sort of pad-related thing that isn't found in my shop? Convo me with your wishes, and I'll see what I can do to make your dreams come true. ;-)