Thank you everyone who’s followed and participated in these blog posts on Zero Waste Wardrobe’s free underpants pattern. There were lots of good ideas on leg bands, gussets and bottom cover. The first post on these is here and the second is here.
Last week I had the situation of a non-zero waste gusset in zero waste full-brief undies, but Wendy, Victoria, Lyndall, @duckgoesoink and @margaretannemartin all had bright ideas about cutting the gusset with something else, specifically period pads or converting the undies to period pants.
The pieces for a pad could be cut in between two undies gussets, so I gave it a try.
It’s a good zero waste pattern cutting concept: cut it with something else and you get two things for only a little more than the fabric of one.
It worked very well.
I’ve missed a photo here, but the two pad pieces (one with towelling, one without) are place right sides together and seamed 6mm/.25″ around the outside, leaving a gap to turn through. Have the towelling uppermost so you can lift the corners of it as you sew past.
I rounded off the two lower corners of the pad so they weren’t so square – you can see this in the photo below.
PS – For making pads on their own, without making undies as well, I have a zero waste pads pattern here, where the pattern pieces interlock in a tessellation.