I'm new to cloth pads and love the 1 "party in my pants" sample I have for a liner. Found Luna Wolf patterns and rave reviews of it, and have decided to buy some fabrics and materials and make my own too.
Can you offer some thoughts on the following as I try to source some materials? I'm in the US (Washington State) for reference.
WHERE TO BUY ON A BUDGET:
For personal reasons, I would like to go the organic route. Do you happen to know of any online shops or places where I might find some organic fabrics that don't cost an arm and a leg? Looking for organic bamboo fleece, flannel, wool, etc. Shipping usually kills it for me, but I'm willing to invest if I have to. Heard of wazoodle.com and their prices are decent, but wonder if you have any cheaper quality options?
ORGANIC BACKING OPTIONS:
Also, for those who do organic, do you avoid zorb, polartec/windpro fleece, and waterproof nylon for backings? Are there any that are deemed safer? (Not wanting to start any controversy with people who use these items... just curious for those who might know more than me about organic or not-chemically treated fabrics, thoughts on using those as backing, since it's farther from the body.) I have heard alternatively that wool can be a good waterproofer and breathable, but not sure if it is all wool or only certain ones, and organic wool is like $35/yd on wazoodle! I'm working with a budget, so definitely could use help in this section.
How to select between plastic and nickel-free metal snaps? Which is more durable, and which might require less expensive tools to easily apply? I would like to do snaps over buttons or sewing other things I think, as snaps seem more professional (if I end up making extra to sell on the side). Was considering nickel-free for friends/future buyers who might have allergies. And do you have any places to recommend where to buy snaps and a snap tool that you like?
Also, what're your thoughts on a strong sturdy thread (I'm going for longevity, like try to make my pads so they last years/decades)? Any organic threads that are strong and long-lasting? If not, what do you find lasts longest without fear of breakage over time? :)
Hope someone(s) experienced or knowledgeable will take time to answer some of these questions as I try to get started. Thank you so much in advance. :D