I am a self-taught crocheter since the end of 2011. I write tutorials on general things instead of specific patterns to boost creativity.
How to Make a Cozy for a Sanitary Pad
Whenever we go out with the big black hole that is our purse, we tend to spend a lot of time searching for tiny things we put inside. One of the most important items ladies bring with them in case of an emergency is sanitary pads. Here is a fun way to keep them in your bags in a discreet manner.
Materials and Gauge
- Size 10 crochet cotton thread
- No. 1 steel hook (or any size)
- 1 button (choose one before you work on the tab part so you can make the buttonhole fit properly)
- Note: Gauge is not important for this project
How to begin the cozy:
- Find the number of chains you need by fitting it to your favorite brand of sanitary pad.
- Add 2 ch (as turning chain) and start working the pattern around with 3 sts on each end of the chain and continuing around the opposite side of the starting chain.
- Continue working the pattern until you reach the desired height.
The numbers on mine:
Rnd 1: Ch 30, 2 hdc on 3rd ch from hook (ch 2 counts as first hdc all throughout), 1 hdc on each remaining ch until last st, 3 hdc in last ch, 1 hdc on each ch on the opposite side of the working ch, sl st on top of ch 2 to join, turn.
Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc on each st around, join, turn.
Repeat Rnd 2 until you reach the desired height of the cozy. Mine reached up to Rnd 26.
Note: You want to keep fitting the cozy onto your pad to figure out where you want to place the button and tab with the buttonhole. Once you figure out where you want it to start (mine was at Round 23), just leave the front loops of that round free and continue working on both loops for the remaining rounds of your cozy.
Fasten off and weave in all ends. Then, sew the button on the desired location.
How to work the tab:
- Go back to the front loops freed on the desired start of tab and work the desired width.
- Make sure the width has an odd number of stitches because you will want to skip the middle stitch for the buttonhole and it will keep the look symmetrical.
- Work both sides of the buttonhole and join them together in the next row. Make sure the hole is the right size for your button by trying it out.
The numbers on mine:
Row 1: Going back to Rnd 23, sl st to join on desired starting point, ch 2, hdc in the next 8 sts, turn.
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Row 2-8: Ch 2, hdc in the next 8 sts, turn.
From this point, my tab reached the button. To start the buttonhole, work on half the number of hdc's you have (9 / 2 = 4 remainder 1). The remainder 1 is for the skipped stitch. Here is what it should look like before you go on to Row 9.
Row 9: Ch 2, hdc in next 3 sts, turn. Keep working Row 9 until it fits the button. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Row 9 (other side): Sk next st on unworked stitches of Row 8, sl st to join in next st, ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn. Repeat the number of rows you completed on the first side. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Row 9 + x: To connect the 2 tabs, go back to the first side and sl st on each hdc, ch 1 when you reach the buttonhole, sl st on each hdc on the other side of tab. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Ann on May 06, 2017:
Thank you for sharing this idea. I have made many little pouches and neglected to think of using one for sanitary pads. Duh! I shared this on my FB page and although I don't have tons of friends, my posts are public and get looked at often enough.
Barbara Badder from USA on December 04, 2012:
I shared the link with my crochet group.
Priyanka Estambale from United States on December 04, 2012:
This is awesome and easy. My purse always is messy and I can hardly find stuff in it. And this secret sanitary pad cozy is a great idea amazing. Voted Up for Sure !!!
dezalyx (author) from Philippines on December 03, 2012:
Thanks, theclevercat! The cotton thread is the most accessible material (apart from regular acrylic yarn) we have in the Philippines, so it is also my go-to material for designing patterns. :)
Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on December 03, 2012:
Great idea! And that cotton thread is beautiful. Voted up!