I know, this probably sounds really yucky, but I created these for emergency purposes, shall we say! Seriously if there was a natural disaster of some sort, everyone scrambles to the stores to wipe the shelves clean of supplies including feminine necessaries.
Now I wont ever be left without the basic essentials! My pattern was based on Always Ultra pads, though not exactly the same.
I made these using 100% cotton bandannas, plastic backed cotton quilted material (to prevent leaks) and an absorbent core made from one of those thin, camp towels that holds 10x the amount of liquid that a normal towel holds.
They fold in on themselves and button using the "wings"which keeps them nice & compact.
These you can just throw in the washing machine & reuse which is great for the environment too!