Recycle Period Pads DIY

I’m happy to be part of the Poise® campaign to raise awareness about light bladder leakage (LBL) in a fun way – by finding a creative way to upcycle unused period pads with a DIY project. For my project, I’ve taken unused pads, stitched them together and added crochet to create a water-absorbent, protective, cute new iPhone cozy.

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About Light Bladder Leakage

Before we look at the tutorial, I’d like to share a little bit more information about LBL. One in three women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) – little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise. There are many different causes of LBL including weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, surgery complications, issues from chronic diseases, childbirth and weight gain.

Why Poise?

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Many women don’t realize that they should be using LBL pads like those offered by Poise®. Instead, they use menstrual pads, which aren’t designed specifically for light bladder leakage. Poise® pads and liners are specifically designed for LBL. Designed to move with your body, new Poise Thin-Shape pads feature Super Absorbent Material (SAM) and a Thin-Flex design for extraordinary protection that’s still 3x drier than period pads† to help you take care of leaks with confidence. Since it’s summertime, many women want to wear skirts and shorts and nobody wants to be concerned about a bulky pad; Poise® pads are thin and unobtrusive. You can even wear them under crochet shorts.

#RecycleYourPeriodPad iPhone Cozy Tutorial

period pads iPhone cozy

When I decided to create this tutorial, I tried to think of something that the pads could be truly useful for. I wanted to take advantage of their absorbent properties and yet create something that wasn’t immediately disposable. I came up with the idea of an iPhone cozy. It’s soft and protective for your cell phone and it has the added benefit of protecting the phone from any accidental liquid spills. Here’s how to create your unused period pad iPhone cozy.

Step One: Stick two pads back to back

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Remove the paper from the back of one period pad. Line it up with the back of the other pad. Stick them back to back to create a non-sticky, soft protective padding for your iPhone.

Step Two: Repeat three more times

iphone crochet cozy

I needed to recycle four pairs of period pads for my project. Your needs may vary depending on the size of your phone and / or the size of the period pads that you are recycling.

Step Three: Stitch together the period pads

recycle period pads

There are many different ways that you can do this. What I’ve done is to thread lightweight yarn through my needle and use it to stitch the first two pads together along the long side.

recycle period pads

I stitched through only the top layer of each pad.

recycle period pads

I repeated the process to connect all four period pads with a fun thread design. Then I used the same process to connect the first and fourth period pads together to create the cozy shape for the iPhone.

Step Four: Close the bottom of the cozy

recycle period pad

I then stitched together the bottom of the cozy so that the phone would sit inside of it. For this part, I crocheted through both pairs of period pads.

Step Five: Add crochet

recycle period pads

I added freeform crochet chains and round appliqués to my period pads to decorate it.

iphone cozy crochet

You could also add crochet edging and any crochet motifs that appealed to you.

Alternatively: Use the pads as a liner for a crochet cozy

crochet iphone cozy

You can do some neat things with the period pads including dyeing them, painting them and drawing on them with markers. However, if you don’t like the way that they look, you can also use them as the liner inside of a crochet cozy. You can see that I’ve done that above, creating a crochet iPhone cozy out of two granny squares that are stitched together and placing the period pad cozy inside as the cozy, water-absorbent liner.

Try a free sample of Poise® pads now.


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. you use the term period pads but they’re for incontinence which you of course know because it’s to raise awareness for bladder leakage.

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks Jessica. The idea here was actually that many people use period pads instead of proper pads for LBL. If you use the proper pads then you no longer need the period pads and can use them for something else!

  2. Andrea (aka rokinrev) Reply

    If you think I’d be caught using pads as a phone “cosy”, you have another thing coming….however, nods to ingenuity

  3. I will definitely be making this. So much cheaper than buying those covers. Plus it will be more waterproof than the covers. Just cost 250. because the cover got damp.

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