Homemade Nursing Pads (reusable)

Not only are these nursing pads friendly for the environment, they are the BEST nursing pads I have ever tried! They stay in place, absorb all the wetness AND are super comfortable. Since I made my first little batch of them, I have never had one of those nursing spots on my shirt! I can’t tell you how many times I would be walking through the grocery store and my husband would tell me that I was leaking….again! No worries now! I have really been surprised by how MUCH they can soak up too. There was a time or 2 that I thought for sure they would be filled to capacity, but they still did their job. YAY! So now, I’m gonna share how to make these F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S nursing pads with you!

So the supplies you will need:





cereal box (for template)

Good scissors

To make your template, you want to have a circle that is 4 inches from side to side.  It is a lot easier to cut the circles out if you have this.  Anything thicker than the cereal box would work as well.

I’m sure by now you are wondering why you want to have fleece, flannel, and lace.  Well, the flannel is what soaks up any milk that may leak out.  It will also pull it away from your skin more with the 3 layers.  The fleece is water resistant so that will keep the milk away from your clothing and make the flannel absorb more.  The lace is there for 2 reasons.  First, it is pretty (my husband totally rolled his eyes at that reason! )  and second, the lace has texture to it so that you can feel which end is the back end without having to pull out your nursing pad to make sure you have it in there the right way.  This is especially handy when breastfeeding in public.

The amount of fabric you need will depend on how many nursing pads you want to make.  For each nursing pad you will use 3 circles of the flannel fabric and 1 circle of the fleece.  I think I got about 28 circles from 1 foot of flannel fabric.  That would make about 7 nursing pads.  You can get flannel that is cheaper (or not as cute) for the centers because it won’t be seen anyways and then get the cute stuff for the outside. If you do have a patterned flannel, put the pattern side facing the fleece side so that it wouldn’t show through the fun side.  The fleece is thick enough that you won’t see anything through it.

I like to get white fleece because it is the least likely to show through your clothing.  I would definitely avoid anything with colors or a pattern for that side.  The lace is going to need to be a nice wide piece of lace.  I ended up getting  a 9 inch wide lace and cut it in half.  With the lace, you want to either cut circles that are a lot bigger than the others, or simply leave it in a square that is slightly larger than your circles.  (see picture) The first time I made these nursing pads, I cut the lace the same size. The lace would move as I was serging and I would miss it or it would bunch up.  As I made this batch, the larger lace kept it in place better so my stress level was MUCH lower.  (just warning you so that you can avoid the cursing, temper tantrums, and death threats to the lace that I encountered my first time around….)

When you are ready to go, serge all around the edges, overlapping slightly on the ends of the stitching.

When you are done, yours should look about like this….

Here is a picture of what the lace looks like on the back side….

Try different colors and patterns.  After all, you should pretty much be the only one seeing these, right?!  Another word of advise, be sure to wash your nursing pads in a garment bag.  I have lost several to the inside of my washing machine and they even clogged it up once.  It will keep them all together and out of the inside of your washing machine.

Simple as that!  I know I mentioned this once before, but these truly are the best nursing pads!  My mom gave me some other cloth ones and they were not nearly as comfortable and I leaked through them all the time.  I am totally SOLD on these and won’t ever go back to the disposable nursing pads or the other cloth nursing pads again.

14 thoughts on “Homemade Nursing Pads (reusable)

    • Great question! Yes, you totally can just sew around the nursing pad. I would be sure to use a zig zag stitch and I would probably go around 2times just to be safe. Good luck!

    • Hi Linda. The lace is the back, then the fleece, then the 3 flannel pieces on the top. The flannel layers will be what lays against the skin when being worn. Good luck!

  1. I definitely need to do this! I was on my last few pairs of disposables and they’re just so costly, so I found a tutorial the other day for homemade nursing pads and tried it; but even the 4 layers aren’t enough and I leak right through! I’ll have to do these initially without the lace though; and unfortunately I have yet to own a sewing machine. :/ But I can’t wait to give this a try, thank you!

  2. Great tutorial! How do these look under thinner shirts? I’ve seen some contoured nursing pad tutorials, too, but it would be so much simpler to make pads without contouring them.

    • I wear these under t-shirts, thinner dressy shirts and dresses without them showing through. Depending on your breast size, you may need to make them a little larger to hide the edges, but I have tested them with B, C and D sizes with no show through.

    • You can put the fleece either way. Its purpose is to resist the wetness (leaking) and keep the moisture trapped in the flannel layers. If you use a fleece with a pattern, I would have the pattern facing out, but I just use a plain white fleece and it doesn’t matter which way the right or wrong side faces.

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