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How to Sew a Maxi Pad Pouch

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How to Sew a Maxi Pad Pouch

This maxi pad pouch gives you a discreet way to carry pads, and keeps them from getting lost, or unwrapped in the bottom of your purse or backpack. It can be made from fabric scraps, and would make a thoughtful addition to a stocking or Operation Christmas Child shoebox.

Inside of Maxi Pad Pouch

Maxi Pad Pouch Tutorial

This pouch has been generously-sized to accommodate a variety of maxi pad brands and thicknesses. Use a waterproof liner, like PUL or ProCare, and you can even use it to carry reusable pads home for washing.

Fabric for Maxi Pad Pouch

What You’ll Need:

  • (2) 6″ x 12″ pieces of fabric (one for the outside of the pouch, one for the inside)
  • (1) 6″ x 12″ piece of interfacing (optional)
  • Thread
  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins or sewing clips
  • A snap, button or piece of Velcro to close the pouch
  • A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)

Optional (but nice to have):

You can use any type of fabric to make this pouch, but if you use something thin, like quilting fabric, you may want to iron a piece of interfacing on the back of the outer fabric. so you have something sturdy to attach your snap, button or Velcro closure to.

What You Do:

Pin Fabric Together Right Side Facing

Pin, or clip, both pieces of fabric together, right-sides facing.

Sew a Half-Inch Seam Around Three Sides

Sew a 1/2″ seam around three sides, leaving one of the short ends open for turning.

Cut the Excess From the Sides and Corners

Cut, or pink, the excess fabric from the sides and corners.

Flip Right Side Out and Turn Out Corners

Then, flip the sewn piece right side out, and finger press the edges.

Fold the Top Seam in and Topstitch Both Ends

Fold in the open seam 1/2″. Then, topstitch a 1/4″ seam along both ends. This will close the open end, and add a decorative touch.

Measure and Fold Up the Bottom of the Bag

Place your project lining side up, and fold the bottom up 4-3/4″. Clip, or pin, in place. If you plan to do a Velcro closure. Position and sew your Velcro now. It won’t be possible, once you’ve sewn the sides.

Close the Sides of the Pouch With a Quarter-Inch Seam

Sew a 1/4″ seam along both sides to close the sides of the pouch. Continue the seam all the way up to the end of the flap.

Fill Maxi Pad Pouch

Then, add a snap or button closure, and fill your pouch with pads.

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