DIY Sanitary Pouch: Sewing for TSS Awareness

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I’m thrilled to show you how to make a Sanitary Pouch for all your feminine product needs, inspired by the courageous Lauren Wasser 🌟 Lauren’s valiant battle with Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), which led to the amputation of both her legs due to complications from tampon use, transformed her into a fierce advocate for menstrual health awareness.

These Sanitary Pouches are super convenient for keeping personal items discreetly tucked away in your bag but also provide a subtle option for those times you need to head to the restroom without your bag. They’re also an ideal gift for tweens, offering them a sense of privacy and sensitivity during a crucial time.

The inspiration behind creating these pouches stems from my desire to spread the word about Lauren Wasser’s mission. After surviving a life-threatening battle with TSS at the age of 24, Lauren, often referred to as “the girl with the golden legs,” has dedicated herself to raising awareness about the potential dangers of tampon use and the importance of menstrual health education.

Through this tutorial, I aim not only to offer a functional accessory for managing feminine products but also to honor Lauren’s journey and support her goal of promoting awareness and safety in menstrual health.

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Lauren’s story has sparked essential discussions on the risks tied to menstrual products and underscored the critical need for TSS awareness. Although no menstrual product is entirely risk-free, understanding and practicing safe usage is key. This involves regular changes of tampons and selecting products with an absorbency level that’s right for your body, helping to reduce TSS risk.

Lauren, in collaboration with a mother who tragically lost her teenage daughter, Madeline Mosby, to TSS at 18, has been tirelessly working to advocate for legislative changes to enhance TSS awareness. Their efforts aim to ensure that no other family has to endure such a loss. Learn more about the advocacy at

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TSS is a result of typically harmless bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus, present on our skin, entering the bloodstream and releasing harmful toxins. Symptoms can escalate quickly, including high fever, low blood pressure, vomiting, confusion, and seizures, primarily affecting women using tampons. The condition affects one in 100,000 women annually. Find out more about TSS HERE.

Mensural Toxic Shock Syndrone Prevention Advice from

  • Use low absorbency tampons
  • Change tampons as recommended
  • Alternate tampon and sanitary napkins
  • Use mini pads for light flow
  • Do NOT use tampons if previously had mTSS/Consult doctor

Please note: This tutorial and accompanying information are intended for educational purposes only and aim to contribute to the conversation on menstrual health and safety. This content should not be considered medical advice, nor is it intended to replace consultation with a qualified healthcare professional. For any health concerns, questions about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), or advice on the safe use of menstrual products, always seek the guidance of a healthcare provider.

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Supplies to Make a Sanitary Pouch

Tools to Make a Sanitary Pouch

Please watch my video for step-by-step instructions on exactly how to make your own Sanitary Pouch. Don’t forget to Like and subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with our latest videos. Enjoy!

Thanks for checking out my Sanitary Pouch Tutorial – I hope you found this post as interesting and useful as I did!

If you enjoyed this project, be sure to take a look at some of my other fun sewing projects. You can find them HERE.

Pin it! Want to make a Sanitary Purse later? Don’t lose this tutorial, pin it now to one of your boards on Pinterest!

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And if you have any suggestions for other projects you’d like to see, feel free to drop me a line! Sewing is my passion, and I’m always happy to share my love for it with others.

Thanks again for stopping by, and happy sewing!

Stacey x

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2 thoughts on “DIY Sanitary Pouch: Sewing for TSS Awareness

  1. Jane says:

    What a VERY informative article. My granddaughter (14years) will be making some . I will share the info with her. Thanks very much.

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