Pad Thai cloth review

DSCF2322 (1)Ok I have finally gotten around to reviewing my Pad Thai cloth pads. I purchased these a few months ago now and have been able to get a feel for the pads. I ordered two different pads in the same size and absorbency here is the link for her etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PadThaiCloth?ref=ss_profile I had learnt about this maker through her YouTube channel and really wanted to try her stuff. The videos are brilliant and a great help for those starting out with cloth or looking for recommendations so please check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJfVrKcVxWfm3cLFMAz09Uw

I really wanted to try crushed velvet pads as I’d heard a few people talk about them in various videos that I watch and was curious about how they would work for me. I had previously ordered a pad with the same topper from Spindelpads which I have also reviewed in the past here: https://charlieblogweb.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/spindelpads-review/ (please ignore the fact that my earlier blogs are now missing images as they were deleted by mistake). These pads arrived around the same time and I tried them out on different cycles.

img_1776The pad is gorgeous, it’s soft and it’s a great shape and the colour is a lovely shade of blue. I just don’t trust the topper. I’ve used it a few times now to see how I feel and I am still conscious that it’s not absorbing and will start to leak. I will stress the fact that it hasn’t leaked so far and I have worn it for close to three hours on a heavyish day and it was fine. I think it’s the fact that I find the fabric feels a bit wet so I don’t feel as though enough is being absorbed but it must be because it isn’t leaking. So it’s just that this topper isn’t one of my favourites, I will continue to use it though just not on the heavy days I don’t think. Again very comfortable and fits great in the undies, no bunching.IMG_1557

The second pad was one that I really couldn’t resist. The racing horse print in the lovely blue cotton. It’s a pad I use every cycle if I can and I’m having to consciously not reach for it as I want to try other makers. This like the other pad is a moderate and I believe they’re both around 9”. It has coped on my third day very well and I’m still fairly heavy at that point. I don’t tend to reach for it on my earlier days just because I like to have a little more cover on those days. It fits really well in my undies and whilst I can feel it’s there i’m not overly conscious of it’s size. The cotton is nice and soft even after a few washes and I feel secure when I wear it. I also purchased the little pad pouch which I use all the time to keep a spare pad in my bag for those ‘just in case’ occasions.

Both pads are of a high quality and really well made. The lady that runs Pad Thai is very easy to talk to and is lovely. She has a group on facebook that is very active and you can meet a lot of lovely ladies on there so please take a look: https://www.facebook.com/groups/padthaicloth/

She goes in to a lot of details about reusable products and is a great source of advice. I may not have gotten on very well with the crushed velvet but if you haven’t had a chance to try it then I recommend seeing what you think for yourselves as you might enjoy how soft they are. If not, then she offers a brilliant range of toppers and has some great patterns to choose from so check her out!

Thanks for reading!

Charlotte x

 

Leaping Pads review

Today is a review of a family run pads company called Leaping Pads. They are based in the USA and the pads are made by a mother and daughter, Biancia Richardson and Leah Farling. Two very friendly ladies with great customer services and very different styles of pad.DSCF2362

 I was lucky enough to win my pads from Biancia in an auction to raise money for a great cause and I received four amazing shaped pads. The first of my unique designs that I have in my collection. There were two very similar shaped pads that were made from different materials, one is a Bamboo Velour and the other a Corduroy material. The velour one had a bit of an issue in the wash where the inner core bunches up and needed flattening and unfortunately I find it a little bulky now for everyday use. It is very soft though and really absorbent and makes a great night time pad for me. I like having a thicker pad overnight because it makes me feel more secure. I haven’t worn the corduroy pad and plan to sell it on to another cloth lover as I won’t use both of them in this style and as I had the issue in the wash with the first pad I decided I would keep that one for myself.

I also received a massive 17” Platypus shaped pad which is again a very soft Bamboo Velour and could not be used for anything other than an overnight pad in my case. It’s very cute and I named him Frodo as I’m a weirdo that has to name things shaped like animals! Anyways he was a little too long for me and I had to pass him on to a good home, I’m sure he’ll be looked after there. If you’re thinking of getting one of these pads though they would be great as post-partum pads and for those of you that like full coverage it would be perfect. I’m on the smaller size and so it was just that bit too long for me but I would look at getting one a few inches shorter in the future.

My final pad off of Biancia is the adorable little frog pad which matches the company name, Leaping Pads. Now Henry (yes I called him Henry!) is a lovely size and is perfect for lounging around the house and being comfortable, I find the way the arms and legs tie a little too long for me and can’t wear this pad when I’m at work because they rub on the inside of my legs. My work trousers are quite loose so it’s more noticeable. When I have jeans on I’m fine as the pad is held a little better with the closer fit. So a good pad that I’ll keep for home wear.

On to the lovely pads from Leah. I’ll admit that I haven’t had the change to try them on a proper cycle as they arrived just as it was ending. I won the pad in a giveaway on her website and received the cute little liner for free which was a great surprise. The shape is great in the full pad and I can wear it comfortably but it does bunch a little in my knickers an so again it’s a pad more suited for when I have jeans on. It’s not an overly thick pad, it’s just a little wide when clipped together which makes it bunch that is my only downside to these pads so far.

The liner fits me more I just find the length of it a little short for me and so I again may pass this on to another user. I think an extra inch or so would make it perfect, as it is it’s just that little bit small.

I mean no offence by saying this but I think these pads would work better for a larger sized women as they would grip better in their clothes and the sizes would fit more comfortably in their underwear. I love the designs and can’t wait to see any new pads they come up with! I think they’ve just come out with a new turtle pad which I wish I could afford to try but low funds right now mean that I can’t. If you have any questions then go straight to these lovely ladies as they are very quick to respond and always seem to go out of their way to make the customer happy. The pads are a great quality and worth trying out, just be cautious with your sizing needs as a 17” pad really is as long as you think it will be! The Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1010120722375104/ and they have a great range available so please check them out! They post Worldwide as far as I’m aware, if you’re unsure then just send them a message and they’ll let you know what they can do to accommodate you!

Dabbling with a sewing machine

For those of you following my crochet progress, I haven’t given up! I am still working on it but the square has yet to appear. I am getting neater lines but around half way through I change the tension I use and it becomes misshapen. I’ll update the progress once there’s more to report.

I haven’t stopped there though. I managed to purchase a cheap £10 sewing machine to be able to make my own cloth menstrual pads and I’ve been enjoying trying my hand at that. I’ve only ever used a sewing machine back in high school, maybe once or twice. The neatness of my work leaves a lot to be desired but I’m getting better and am pretty proud of my progress so far. I love finding materials and hunting down really nice prints of fabric. Mainly bought star trek or Spiderman themed cotton for when I get a bit better. It’s my incentive to progress.

I was given a box of old fabrics some of which I don’t know what they are. I started out using these before I ruined anything I’d spent money on. My first attempt, well that didn’t work very well.IMG_1180

I’d just brought the machine home and spent around an hour, maybe two; trying to thread the bastard. I managed and had to try my hand at sewing a pad immediately. I didn’t draw any template or have any idea what I was doing, as the result clearly shows. I’ll also say that threading a sewing machine is a skill I never knew existed. I ended up taking the entire thing apart with a screwdriver thinking I was missing something. I wasn’t it was just hard dammit!

My second attempt went a little better than the first. The thread isn’t very straight and the colour is a bit off for the lighter fabric, but it’s not a disaster. I didn’t use a proper centre, just scrap material to see if I could make a pad. I was pretty proud of myself to be honest.

I spent last night drawing up a basic template which I will be tweaking. I then used my own fabrics to make a usable pad. I’m super proud of myself! It looks and feels like a pad! The thread is a bit pulled in places but not too bad. It only needs snaps to be complete and I don’t have any of those yet because I can’t afford any extras. After pay day I’ll be buying me some snaps.

So yeah, this is my new, learn a new skill. I will continue my crochet, but I think I enjoy sewing a little more than I expected. The excitement may wear off but I doubt it.

Thanks For reading!

Charlotte x