Menstrual pads have been mentioned in history as early as the 10th century in Ancient Greece, where a woman is said to have thrown one of her used menstrual rags at an admirer in an attempt to get rid of him.

Before the disposable pad was invented, most people used rags, cotton, or sheep’s wool in their underwear to stem the flow of menstrual blood. Knitted pads, rabbit fur, even grass were all used to handle periods.

There are a lot of ecological, economical, and self-empowerment reasons to start making your own pads. This guide will show you some ways to make them!

Make your own cloth pads here.

Make your own knit and crochet pads here.