I loved using the cloth menstrual pads myself and, when my friend told me about the issues she was experiencing with disposable menstrual pads (unbearable rashes and irritation!), I knew I could help her with cloth pads. Her mom also wanted some for incontinence. And a business was born!
I really enjoy sewing all my products because I like to play with the fabrics and colours to make an interesting product. Also, I really enjoy selecting cheeky fabrics, like the "Burley Beavers" for my pads. It's just a bit of fun during a sometimes less-than-enjoyable week.
When working on her creations, Maureen listens to the radio or finds a great show to binge-watch online. "I try to sew every day but it's not always possible given all the other things that need to get done in a day. Often, I end up sitting down for a long period of time and banging a whole wack of pads out."
When asked where she gets her inspiration, Maureen says, "Ooooh, the fabric!" For Maureen, the most difficult part of the process is explained as "cutting all the pieces that go into my pads really just takes time, as opposed to being difficult. I am beginning to learn that cutting a whole bunch of one thing at a time and getting a good stock built up is really the best way to go for me."
Maureen's creations can be obtained from the following:
Peterborough Green Up - Alymer St., Peterborough
Kawartha Local Marketplace - King St., Peterborough
ETSY - shop name is: GardenofEdenReusable (the "s" wouldn't fit)
"I use a lot of organic material in my pads, and some of it even manufactured right here in Canada! As well, my exterior fabrics are of a very high quality (quilter-quality flannels and cottons) and so will last for years without fading or pilling. And finally, the waterproof barrier I use is top-notch; nothing is getting through that baby! :-D"
You can meet Maureen at 30 Craft Market on Dec 2nd, 10:30-3:30, at Mark Street United Church (90 Hunter St East).