Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3557853 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 26, 1971
Filing dateMay 1, 1969
Priority dateMay 1, 1969
Publication numberUS 3557853 A, US 3557853A, US-A-3557853, US3557853 A, US3557853A
InventorsMary Henning Jones
Original AssigneeMary Henning Jones
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Sanitary napkin holder
US 3557853 A
Abstract  available in
Images(1)
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

United States Patent I [72] Inventor Mary Henning Jones 935 Gordan Lane, Birmingham, Mich. 48009 [21] Appl. No. 821,031 [22] Filed May 1. 1969 [45] Patented Jan. 26, 1971 [54] SANITARY NAPKIN HOLDER 9 Claims, 2 Drawing Figs.

[52] U.S.Cl 150/7, 150/ 1 [51] Int. Cl 365d 29/00, B65d 33/24 [50] Field of Search 150/7, 42

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,506,926 9/1924 Gunter l50/7X 2,528,192 10/1950 Urban 150/7 3,023,793 3/1962 Commons 3,203,551 8/1965 VanLoan Primary Examiner-Donald F. Norton Attorney-Barnard, McGlynn & Reising ABSTRACT: A holder for a sanitary napkin in the form of a cloth bag that can be folded flat when empty and which can be expanded when a sanitary napkin is inserted therein. A closure flap extends from the upper edge of a rear panel of the bag which is foldable across the top of the bag and over a portion of the front surface of the front panel of the bag and can be secured in place by interengageable fastening strips mounted on the closure flap and on the front of the bag. The bag may be constructed from a single piece of cloth folded to define front, rear and side panels cooperable to define a recess for receiving a sanitary napkin. The bag is constructed so that it can be adhesively secured together with flap folds and overlapping edge portions of panels to provide an economical, efficient construction.

PATENTEU M26197! 3557353 K YFmy Azzzzz dzzes ard I TTORNEYS 1 SANITARY NAPKIN HOLDER This invention relates generally to cloth containers and is particularly concerned with a cloth container particularly adapted to serve as a holder for a sanitary napkin to be carried in a purse or the like.

It is generally necessary for users of sanitary napkins to carry one or more sanitary napkins in a purse or the like so that a napkin will be available when needed. Sanitary napkins are usually marketed in boxes or containers that are too large to be carried around by a person and are too large to be fitted into an ordinary purse. Moreover, users of sanitary napkins, particularly teenagers, are reluctant to expose sanitary napkins to others each time they open their purse, or when it is necessary to remove some of the contents of the purse in public. It is not infrequent that articles and substances carried in the purse, such as cosmetics, or simply dust, soil an unprotected sanitary napkin.

It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a holder suitable for containing one or two sanitary napkins that can be conveniently carried in the purse of the user.

A further object is to provide a holder for a sanitary napkin that will protect the sanitary napkin from being soiled by other articles carried in the purse and that will provide an attractive and sanitary container for sanitary napkins and will prevent the sanitary napkins from being exposed to the view of others each time it is necessary to open the purse.

Still another object is to provide a holder for a sanitary napkin in the form of a cloth bag having a closure flap that can be detachably secured in a closed position to completely enclose a sanitary napkin received in the cloth bag.

Still another object is to provide a holder for one or two sanitary napkins of inexpensive construction capable of being manufactured in large quantities at a high rate of production, and which can be made in a variety of colors.

In carrying out the foregoing, and other objects, a sanitary napkin holder according to the present invention comprises a cloth bag having a front panel and a rear panel joined together at the bottom edges. Side panels extend between the side edges of the front and rear panels to define with the front and rear panels a recess for receiving a sanitary napkin. Extending from the upper edge of the rear panel is a closure flap which is foldable across the top of the recess defined by the front, rear and side panels and over a portion of the front surface of the front panel. The closure flap may be secured in a closed position by a pair of interengageable fasteners preferably in the form of fastener strips including a strip having a base of flexible material with a plurality of flexible hooks mounted and a strip having a base of flexible material with a plurality of flexible loops mounted therein engageable by the hooks. The base of one of the strips is secured to the front surface of the front panel at a location spaced below the upper edge of the front panel, and the base of the other of the strips is secured to the inner surface of the closure flap near the outer end thereof.

Other objects, advantages and features of the invention will become apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. I is a perspective view of a sanitary napkin holder embodying the invention with the closure flap shown in its open position; and

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the sanitary napkin holder of FIG. 1 with the closure flap in the closed position.

The drawings illustrate a sanitary napkin holder comprising a cloth bag having a front panel I2 and a rear panel 14 joined together at their bottom edges. Side panels 16 and 18 extend between the side edges and 17 of the front and rear panels, respectively, to define a recess 20 for receiving a sanitary napkin 21. A closure flap 22 extends from the upper edge of the rear panel, the closure flap being foldable across the top of recess 18 and over a portion of the front surface of the front panel. A pair of interengageable fastener strips permit the closure to be detachably secured in a closed position. As shown in the drawings, the fastener strips comprise a pair of flexible fastener strips, one of which is adhesively secured to the inner surface of the closure flap and the other of which is adhesively secured to the front surface of the front panel. The pair of interengageable fastener strips include a strip 24 having a base 26 of flexible material with a plurality of flexible hooks 28 mounted thereon and a strip 25 having a base 30 of flexible material with a plurality of flexible loops 32 mounted thereon engageable by the hooks 28. The fastener strips may be of the type sold under the trade name VELCRO and disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 3,009,235 of Nov. 2l, I961. The base 30 of one of the strips 25 is secured to the front surface of the front panel 12 at a location spaced below-the upper edge 33 of the front panel, and the base 26 of the other of the strips 24 is secured to the inner surface of the closure flap 22 near the outer end thereof. Fastener strips 24 and 25 are thus engageable with each other to detachably secure the closure flap 22 in a closed position to enclose a sanitary napkin 21 received in recess 18.

As shown in FIG. I, the cloth bag 10 further includes an extension strip 35 extending from the upper edge 36 of side panel 16 and an extension strip 37 extending from the upper edge 38 of the side panel 18. Side panel 35 also extends inwardly from the side edge 39 of closure flap 22 with its outer end secured against the inner surface of the closure flap adjacent one comer thereof, and the extension strip 37 similarly extending from a side edge 40 of the closure flap 22 to the outer end of the closure flap with its outer end secured against the inner surface of the closure flap adjacent the opposite outer comer thereof, The reinforcing fold 42 may be provided on the outer end of the closure flap which is folded against the inner surface of the closure flap and overlies the outer ends of the extension strips 35 and 37, the base 26 of the fastener strip 26 overlying at least a portion of the reinforcing fold 42 and the ends of the extension strips 35 and 37. Preferably, the reinforcing fold 42 is secured against the inner surface of the closure flap and the ends of the extension strips by a suitable adhesive. Similarly, the base 26 of the fastener strip 24 is preferably adhesively secured to the inner surface of the closure flap 22.

As shown in the drawings, each of the side panels 16 and I8 is pleated to include a pair of folds. For example, the side panel 16 includes a pair of folds. For example, the side panel 16 includes a pair of folds 16a and 16b, fold 16a extending from the side edge 17 of the rear panel and the other fold 16b extends from the side edge 15 of the front panel to permit the side panels extend when a sanitary-napkin is inserted into the recess 18. The extension strip 35 extends from the upper edge of the fold 16a.

As illustrated in the drawing, the front panel 12 includes two portions 12a and 12b with overlapping edges 12c and 12d at substantially the midportion of the front panel, the overlapping edges 12c and 12d being secured together to define a seam. The overlapping edges 12c and 12d are preferably secured together by a suitable adhesive or glue. The bag 10 further includes a bottom flap 44 extending from the bottom edge of the rear panel and folded against the lower front surface of the front panel and secured to the front surface of the front panel 12 by a suitable adhesive or glue.

The bag 10 can be made up of a single piece of cloth which may be cotton or silk of any color including prints. The material can be cut into a single piece folded into the configuration shown in the drawings and glued together after being pressed into shape. The construction shown is capable of being manufactured by a conventional envelope-making machine or on a suitable pants or shirt making machine and kins sold retail or the bags canbe sold individually over the counter.

While a specific form of the invention is described in the foregoing specification and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, it should be understood that the invention is not limited to the exact construction shown, alternative constructions, all falling within the scope and spirit of the invention. being apparent to those skilled in the art.

I claim:

1. A sanitary napkin holder comprising: a cloth bag having a front panel and a rear panel joined together at their bottom edges; side panels extending between the side edges of the front and rear panels to define a recess for receiving a sanitary napkin; a closure flap extending from the upper edge of the rear panel, said closure flap being foldable across the top of said recess and over a portion of the front surface of the front panel; a pair of interengageable fastener strips including a strip having a base of flexible material with a plurality of flexible hooks mounted thereon and a strip having a base of flexible material with a plurality of flexible loops mounted thereon engageable by said hooks, the base of one of said strips being secured to the front surface of said front panel at a location spaced below the upper edge of said front panel, and the base of the other of said strips being secured to the inner surface of said closure flap near the outer end thereof, said fastener strips being engageable with each other to detachably secure said closure flap in a closed position to enclose a sanitary napkin recieved in said recess. I i

2. A sanitary napkin holder as clairned in claim 1 further including an extension strip extending from the upper edge of each of said side panels and from the'associated side edge of the closure flap to the outer end of the closure flap with its outer end secured against the inner surface of said closure flap adjacent a corner thereof.

3. A sanitary napkin holder as claimed in claim 2 further including a reinforcing fold on the outer end of the closure flap folded against the inner surface of the closure flap and overlying the outer ends of said extension strips, the base of said other fastener stn'p overlying at least a portion of said reinforcing fold and the ends of said extension strips.

4. A sanitary napkin holder as claimed in claim 3 wherein each of said side panels is pleated to include a pair of folds, one of which extends from the side edge of the rear panel and the other of which extends from the side edge of the front panel to permit said side panels to be folded flat when said bag is empty, and to permit said side panels to'extend when a sanitary napkin is inserted into said recess, said extension strip extending from the upper edge of said one fold.

5. A sanitary napkin holder as claimed in claim 4 wherein said front panel includes two portions with overlapping edges at substantially the midportion of said front panel, said over lapping edges being secured together to define a scam.

6. A sanitary napkin holder as claimed in claim 5 further including a bottom flap extending from the bottom edge of said rear panel and folded against the lower front surface of said front panel.

7. A sanitary napkin holder comprising: a cloth bag made up ofa single piece of fabric folded to define a rear panel, a side panel extending from each side edge of the rear panel, a front panel portion extending from the side edge of each side panel opposite the side edge ,ofthe rear panel. said front panel portions having overlapping edge portions adhesively secured together to define a front panel having a seam defined by said overlapping portions, a bottom flat extending from the bottom of the rear panel and adhesively secured to the lower front surface of the front panel such that said front, rear and side panels cooperate to define a recess for receiving a sanitary napkin, a closure flap extending from the upper edge of said rear panel, an extension extending from the upper edge of each of said side panels and from the associated side edge of said closure flap with the outer end of each of said extension strips adhesively secured against the inner surface of the closure flap adjacent an outer corner thereof, a reinforcing fold on the outer end ofthe closure flap folded against the inner surface of the closure flap and overlapping the outer ends of the extension strips and being adhesively secured to said inner surface of the closure flap, and interengageable fastening means on the inner surface of said closure flap and the front surface of said front panel such that the closure flap is foldable across the upper end of said recess and over a portion of the front surface of said front panel in detachable engagement therewith to enclose a sanitary napkin received in said recess.

8. A sanitary napkin holder as claimed in claim 7 wherein said interengageable fastening means comprises a air of flexible fastening strips one of which is adhesively secured to the inner surface of the closure flap and the other of which is adhesively secured to the front surface of the front panel.

9. A sanitary napkin holder as claimed in claim 8 wherein one of said flexible fastening strips comprises a base of flexible material with a plurality of flexible hooks mounted thereon, and the other of said flexible fastening strips comprises a base of flexible material with a plurality of flexible loops mounted thereon and engageable by said hooks.

UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. 3 ,557,853 Dated January 26, 1971 Invent r(s) Mary Henning Jones It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:

Column 1, line 49, after "mounted" insert --thereon--. Column 2, lines d-42, delete "For example, the side panel 16 includes a pair of folds. Column 2, line 46, after "panels" insert --to be folded flat when the bag is empty, and to permit the side panels to--. Column t, line 16 "flat" should be --flap--. Column 4, line 16, after bottom" insert --edge-- Signed and sealed this 20th day of July 1971.

(SEAL) Attest:

EDWARD M.FLE'I'CHER,JR. WILLIAM E. SCHUYLER, JR. Attesting Officer Commissioner of Patents

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US1506926 *Oct 12, 1922Sep 2, 1924Clarke GunterReceptacle for toracco and cigarette papers
US2528192 *May 22, 1947Oct 31, 1950Frank UrbanClosure means for cloth receptacles
US3023793 *Jan 4, 1960Mar 6, 1962Joseph K SeitzCase fastener
US3203551 *Aug 13, 1962Aug 31, 1965Met Chem IncFilter bag
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3905511 *Sep 7, 1973Sep 16, 1975Bruce C GroendalJacket for canned beverages
US3958750 *Nov 21, 1974May 25, 1976Lawrence Peska Associates, Inc.Transparent medicine dispenser with hospital medicine card
US3968824 *Jun 23, 1975Jul 13, 1976Mcloughlin JohnProtective cover for extending shafts
US3977451 *Nov 20, 1974Aug 31, 1976Duba Eugene BGolf bag hood rain cover
US3999639 *Mar 23, 1976Dec 28, 1976San-Jan, Inc.Luggage with personalized identification means
US4050493 *Jan 5, 1976Sep 27, 1977Jin Sul ChoLadies handbag and radio
US4079767 *Jun 22, 1976Mar 21, 1978Howard Langhorne MBag construction
US4244499 *May 14, 1979Jan 13, 1981Evrika Pack Corp.Foldable pack belt
US4286639 *Apr 30, 1980Sep 1, 1981Murphy Jeannie PThin wallet carrying case for a sanitary napkin or tampon
US4319617 *Jun 30, 1980Mar 16, 1982Fusaro Louis VAuto travel ski bag
US4327853 *Jan 12, 1981May 4, 1982Adams Brian JFoldable pack belt
US4381025 *Dec 21, 1981Apr 26, 1983Schooley Constance ECover for instant hot or cold pack
US4388958 *Dec 21, 1981Jun 21, 1983Dworkin Lawrence WFolder with pocket
US4488645 *Jan 18, 1983Dec 18, 1984Tokyo Shibaura Denki Kabushiki KaishaCase for housing information memory media therein
US4638912 *Apr 10, 1985Jan 27, 1987Sig Schweizerische Industrie-GesellschaftPackage with transferable reusable closure element
US4824261 *Apr 1, 1988Apr 25, 1989Velcro Industries B.V.Reclosable bag and hook and loop sealing strips for use therein
US4848929 *Nov 19, 1984Jul 18, 1989Union Camp CorporationVolatile emitting container
US4946289 *Feb 6, 1987Aug 7, 1990Union Camp CorporationReclosable open mouth bag
US4955981 *Apr 1, 1988Sep 11, 1990Velcro Industries B.V.Reclosable bag having hook and loop sealing strips
US5071061 *Jul 5, 1989Dec 10, 1991The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary Of The Air ForceReusable routing pouch
US5172980 *May 19, 1992Dec 22, 1992Velcro Industries, B.V.Reclosable bag having hook and loop sealing strips
US5261531 *Jan 8, 1993Nov 16, 1993Nieves Felipe AFeminine hygiene package
US5358171 *Jan 28, 1993Oct 25, 1994Focke & Co. (Gmbh & Co.)Pack for receiving handkerchiefs, blank for the pack and process for producing such a pack
US5472280 *Mar 18, 1994Dec 5, 1995Lasker HarrisBag storable in closure pouch
US5564562 *Oct 24, 1995Oct 15, 1996Focke & Co. (Gmbh & Co.)Package for paper handkerchiefs
US5657862 *Nov 13, 1995Aug 19, 1997Burke; StephenSpare key holder
US5687819 *Jul 25, 1995Nov 18, 1997American Trading And Production CorporationPortfolio with sliding organizer panel
US6202260Nov 6, 1998Mar 20, 2001Velcro Industries B.V.Touch fasteners their manufacture and products incorporating them
US6241390Feb 2, 1999Jun 5, 2001Southern Bag Corporation, Ltd.Recloseable easy-open industrial bag and tab for use therewith
US6299355 *Dec 6, 1999Oct 9, 2001Gene Douglas SchneckRecloseable easy-open industrial bag and tab for use therewith
US6338572Dec 7, 1998Jan 15, 2002Southern Bag CorporationEasy open industrial bag
US6406183 *Sep 16, 1998Jun 18, 2002Jason BoberCompact tote for protective storage of convertible top boot
US6601706Sep 28, 2001Aug 5, 2003Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Package for absorbent articles
US6656403Nov 21, 2000Dec 2, 2003Velcro Industries B.V.Securing loop materials
US6672762 *Feb 8, 2000Jan 6, 2004Sara Lee CorporationPackage with arcuate top having integral latch and hanger
US6681934Nov 13, 2001Jan 27, 2004Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Package having visual indicator
US6692149 *Nov 18, 2002Feb 17, 2004Ccl Label, Inc.Re-sealable bag closure label and related method of manufacture
US6705465Nov 13, 2001Mar 16, 2004Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Package for feminine care articles
US6708823Nov 13, 2001Mar 23, 2004Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Master package
US6756097Oct 25, 2001Jun 29, 2004Ccl Label, Inc.Re-sealable bag closure label and related method of manufacture
US6913146Nov 9, 2001Jul 5, 2005Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Interlabial pad packaging
US6939282Nov 18, 2002Sep 6, 2005Ccl Label, Inc.Method for manufacturing a re-sealable bag closure
US6991375Feb 4, 2003Jan 31, 2006Velcro Industries B.V.Reclosable packaging
US7163706Oct 15, 2003Jan 16, 2007Velcro Industries B.V.Ventilated closure strips for use in packaging food products
US7178671Nov 13, 2001Feb 20, 2007Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Package
US7406810Oct 24, 2005Aug 5, 2008Velcro Industries B.V.Reclosable packaging
US7422106 *Apr 15, 2005Sep 9, 2008Michelle Terese KendraDisposable feminine protection storage and waste disposal system
US8118199Feb 22, 2006Feb 21, 2012Todd WilburDisposable dispenser
US8132672 *Sep 27, 2010Mar 13, 2012Ganti Sastry KPill pouch pocket packet folder, a flexible pill carrier
US8858077Apr 1, 2011Oct 14, 2014Velcro Industries B.V.Reclosable pouch closures and related packaging and methods
US9169061 *Jul 7, 2010Oct 27, 2015Hqn Industrial Fabrics, Inc.Containment bag
US20020060167 *Nov 13, 2001May 23, 2002Nichols Ann M.Package
US20030019780 *Jul 11, 2002Jan 30, 2003Parodi Gustavo Jose CamargoEasy opening, re-closeable bag
US20030081864 *Nov 18, 2002May 1, 2003Ccl Label, Inc.Re-sealable bag closure label and related method of manufacture
US20030089633 *Nov 9, 2001May 15, 2003Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Interlabial pad packaging
US20030228078 *Feb 4, 2003Dec 11, 2003Clune William P.Reclosable packaging
US20040008908 *Apr 14, 2003Jan 15, 2004Shepard William H.Roll top bag constructions
US20040131731 *Oct 15, 2003Jul 8, 2004Shepard William H.Ventilated closure strips for use in packaging food products
US20040149614 *Jan 20, 2004Aug 5, 2004Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Interlabial pad packaging
US20040211696 *Apr 28, 2003Oct 28, 2004Underhill Kimberly KayMethod of merchandising disposable absorbent pants
US20050121349 *Nov 19, 2004Jun 9, 2005Robert Hodges Jonathan N.Package kit for personal care articles
US20060062496 *Oct 24, 2005Mar 23, 2006Velcro Industries B.V., Netherland CorporationReclosable packaging
US20060144737 *Jan 6, 2005Jul 6, 2006Rein Christina LStorage bag for diapers and baby wipes
US20070090014 *Oct 24, 2005Apr 26, 2007Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Discreet personal care product kit
US20070194042 *Feb 22, 2006Aug 23, 2007Todd WilburDisposable dispenser
US20110106034 *Nov 3, 2009May 5, 2011Kramer Khristal ASystem and method for disposing of feminine hygiene waste
US20110186470 *Sep 27, 2010Aug 4, 2011Ganti Sastry KPill-pouch-pocket-packet folder, a flexible pill carrier
US20120099808 *Oct 25, 2010Apr 26, 2012Cynthia Deshon WashingtonMy little secret pack
US20120106872 *Jul 7, 2010May 3, 2012Blanchard Korey WContainment bag
US20150030263 *Jul 25, 2014Jan 29, 2015James R. KempBag with reinforced walls
USD743807 *Apr 25, 2014Nov 24, 2015Kristy First Holding, Inc.Gift wrapping bag
DE2949496A1 *Dec 8, 1979Jun 11, 1981Senning Christian VerpackungWeichpackung aus einer kunststoffolie, insbesondere fuer papiertaschentuecher
DE3146067A1 *Nov 20, 1981Jul 15, 1982Uni Charm CorpConstruction of an individual package for hygienic products and method of individual packaging
DE4141518A1 *Dec 16, 1991Jun 17, 1993Focke & CoVerpackung fuer papier-taschentuecher
DE4202258A1 *Jan 28, 1992Jul 29, 1993Focke & CoPackung zur aufnahme von taschentuechern, zuschnitt hierfuer sowie verfahren zum herstellen einer derartigen packung
DE9109814U1 *Aug 8, 1991Sep 26, 1991Vp-Schickedanz Ag, 8500 Nuernberg, DeTitle not available
EP1919425B1 *Apr 28, 2006Jun 11, 2014Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.Individual, expandable wrapper for a hygiene product
WO1987002646A1 *Aug 18, 1986May 7, 1987Velcro Usa Inc.Reclosable bag and sealing strip for use therein
WO1994015853A1 *Jan 7, 1994Jul 21, 1994Nieves Felipe AFeminine hygiene package
WO1997046461A1 *May 23, 1997Dec 11, 1997Nutresco S.A.Package for food products, particularly for domestic animals food
Classifications
U.S. Classification383/86
International ClassificationB65D33/24, A61F13/15, B65D30/00
Cooperative ClassificationB65D2313/02, B65D33/24, B65D29/00
European ClassificationB65D29/00, B65D33/24