DIY Magazine Pouch

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Ladies, let’s talk about periods. For better or worse they are a big part of our lives. Believe me, I wish I could snap my fingers and  make mine go away. Yes, I don’t like it but I try not to let it ruin anything for me. My period has cramped my style for too long.

If I’m being honest I was hesitant to share about my period. Sometimes periods feel like a topic that shouldn’t be openly discussed. I am thankful to U By Kotex® for encouraging me to share my story. You know what? They don’t just want to hear my story. Your story is equally valued and desired. 

U by Kotex® wants us to share what we want. This is so refreshing because a lot of companies focus on telling us what we need. This awesome brand designs their products to make our periods easier and more manageable. When we are bold enough to share what we want it helps them help us.

My period has made me feel different from a young age. I got my first period in elementary school long before any of my friends. My classmates were worried about who they would play with at recess. I worried about how I would cover up the blood on my pants & chair from my unexpected period.  Plus, the last thing I wanted was to have to ask my male teacher for help.

Confidence is a wonderful and important thing to have. I know that at various times in my life I have not felt confident due to my period. My lack of confidence has been caused by feeling bloated, irritated, and worrying about a leak. I’m thrilled to finally be at a place in my life where I refuse to let my period steal my sparkle. I stay busy and thanks to the compact size of U By Kotex products I always have them with me.
I can stay confident knowing that I am prepared!

I recently shopped at my local CVS Pharmacy to purchase 3 items that I was running low on. I like to cover my bases by purchasing a variety of products. That way I am prepared for any and everything. I appreciate how easy it was to find what I needed quickly. I purchased U By Kotex® Click® Tampons, U By Kotex® Barely There Liners, and U By Kotex® Security® Ultra Thin Pads with Wings. Did you know that only U by Kotex® Security®Pads with Wings have a cottony Soft Touch™ cover? It is by far the most comfortable one I that I have ever tried.

For as long as I can remember I have always kept pads & tampons in every purse. It is an awful experience to not have the right materials when you need them. I used to always keep pads hidden away in a closed pocket in my purse. However, not all of my purses have a closed pocket and security always checks anyways. I know I shouldn’t care but I always feel a little embarrassed when a man sees my supplies.

I love to come up with DIY projects. The idea for a magazine pouch to hold pads & tampons came to me one day at work. I was working on set and noticed a girl who was asking around for a pad. I let her know that I had what she needed. I tried to hand it to her discreetly but she begged me to follow her to the restroom to avoid any embarrassment. It was in that moment that I realized that I could create a disposable pouch from a magazine to disguise the supplies.

As someone who enjoys readings magazines, I tend to have a lot of them. There are some that I like to keep in perfect condition. Others I like to use for crafts once I’m done with them. You can have fancier pouches to hold your items if you need to. For me, the DIY magazine pouches are ideal for a few reasons. The first being I can have a pouch for every purse without needing to spend a lot of money.

Purses are my favorite accessory so I have quite a few. If I were to buy a nice pouch for every purse that would add up really quick. One magazine has more than enough pages for me to have one pouch per purse. A second reason these pouches are great is that I can hand them to someone in need. Not only does the pouch disguise what is inside it is not something I need back. That person is free to throw it away if they want or keep it.

The pouches look similar in shape to an envelope. When I have it in my bag most people don’t open it up. They just quickly look through my bag and that is it. I also like that I can customize each pouch with people and quotes that inspire me and give me confidence. I have included a step by step tutorial on how to create the magazine pouches. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Step 1

 Pick a page from a magazine to use for your pouch. I found an article about an actress who always makes me laugh which I thought was a perfect choice. Once you carefully tear the page fold pick which side you want for the front. Place the front side down towards the ground.

Fold a half inch inward on the left and right side of the page. Use double sided tape or glue to stick the sides down. Next, I took the U By Kotex Secure with Wings pads. I placed the pad on the page so I could see how big of a pouch to make. Since all types of pads, tampons and panty liners are different sizes there are no specific measurements to recommend.

Step 2

Once you have measured how big your pouch should be you will make two folds. First, you will want to fold an inch and a half at the top. You have two choices for your second fold. You can cut off the excess paper that you do not need. Or you can do what I did which is to fold the bottom half of the paper up towards the top. Glue the sides together. Then fold once more to the crease you created by folding the very top and glue the sides down.

Step 3

Once my pouch was put together I made a diagonal cut on the top fold down flap. I just liked the look but feel free to make yours however you prefer.

I made my pouch big enough to hold three different products. I never know what I will need or what someone else might need. Being prepared helps me feel confident. These pouches are great for more than just a purse. You can put one in a beach bag, in your car, anywhere you can think of.

Are you wondering how you can share your story? Let me encourage you to interact with U By Kotex® on the daily break and by visiting their social hub. You can also get involved with the period project. They have extended the invitation to make you part of the conversation. All you have to do is be willing to speak up. Keep Calm & Live Confidently!

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You can also share your period stories with me in the comment section below.

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10 thoughts on “DIY Magazine Pouch

  • Sockwun

    It must have been difficult for you to have gotten your first period at such an early age. My mom taught me how to use pads when I was in elementary school too, but my first period did not come until I was 12. By that time, some of my friends have already had their periods too, so I had people who could help me with things like checking for stains on the back of my skirt, lol. I still to this day carry tampons, pads, and panty liners in all of my bags, so this DIY product is helpful. Thank you for sharing, Michelle!

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  • Ashley

    What a great idea! I hate carrying a tampon or pad into the bathroom at work, but also hate taking my huge purse! This is a cute, easy to make and inconspicuous idea!

    xo Ashley