Tutorial: Baby Changing Pad


My contribution to Celebrate the BOY month is a baby changing pad.  Perfect for those on the go diaper changes, or handy as a portable changing station around the house, this easy-to-clean pad is as practical as it is cute.



Baby Changing Pad Tutorial (for personal use only)
Materials Needed:
1/2 yard laminated fabric (or cotton fabric and iron on vinyl)
1/2 yard cotton fabric
1 inch velcro
1 pack 1/2 inch double-fold bias tape
Coordinating thread and other common sewing supplies

1.  Using either pre-laminated fabric or a cotton print that you laminate yourself using iron-on vinyl, cut a piece to 12 x 23 inches.  I've used both types of fabrics with similar results, but I prefer the pre-laminated fabric.  The fabric below is called Moda Funky Monkey Laminate Red, but I bought it over a year ago and I don't know if it is still available.  There are a few cute boy-appropriate prints in the laminated section at Fabric.com.



2.  Round all four corners using a CD as a template (trace the edge with a pen and trim).  Set your laminated fabric aside for later use.


3.  Cut your cotton fabric to 12 x 23 inches.

4. Cut two pieces of fusible fleece interfacing to 12 x 23 inches and following the instructions on the package, fuse both layers to the cotton fabric cut in step 3.


5. Round the corners of your cotton/fusible fleece using the same method as step 2.

6.  Make the closure strap.  Cut a 6 inch long piece of 1 inch wide belting.  Fold over one end about 1/2 inch and cover with the scratchy side of your velcro piece.  Pin in place and zig-zag stitch around all sides of the velcro, securing it to the belting.  Fold over the other end of the belting about 1/2 inch and secure using a zig zag stitch.


7.  Attach the strap to the cotton/fusible fleece fabric only.  Measure 9 inches from the top and pin the strap in place.  The velcro end will remain loose.  Sew only the non-velcro end to the fabric.  Double stitch for durability.

8.  Sew the soft velcro piece to the cotton/fusible fleece fabric, 1/2 inch from the bottom using a zig-zag stitch.  See photo below for placement.


9. If you want to add any trim or decoration (like an applique) to your changing pad, now is the time to do it.  I kept things simple and just added a strip of ribbon through the middle of the changing pad.


10.  Grab your laminated fabric again.  Lay the cotton fabric and laminated fabric on top of each other, right sides facing OUT (there is no turning seams in this project).  Measure 7 3/4 inches from both ends and mark with pins (I recommend only going through the cotton layer, not the laminated layer - laminated fabric is not forgiving, and any holes you poke through it are permanent).

Sew a test on some scrap fabric.  Like I said above, laminated fabric is not forgiving, and the last thing you want to do is pick out stitches.

Sew through both layers along the pin lines.  These seams will be where the changing pad folds into thirds.


11.  Also sew around the outer edge of the changing pad, using a very small seam allowance.  Here's what you should have at this point:


12.  So close to being done!  Time to apply the bias tape. If you are not familiar with bias tape, read my instructions below.  If you are an old pro, feel free to skip over them.  :)

Open up the bias tape and line it up with the outer edge of your laminated fabric (you want to do the machine stitching through the laminate side).

For a clean joint, fold over the starting end of your bias tape.  With the bias tape laying like in the photo below, fold about a quarter inch toward you and pin in place.  Continue pinning the bias tape as shown all the way around the edge of the changing pad.  When you get back to where your bias tape started, overlap about a half inch and trim off any extra.

Sew the bias tape to the changing pad.  See the fold line on the bias tape right next to the pins?  You'll want to stitch right along that fold line.


Now that you have finished machine sewing around the entire changing pad, wrap the rest of the bias tape around to the other side of the pad (the cotton side), as shown below.


I prefer to hand stitch this side of the bias tape, because I think it looks tidy.  You can, however, top-stitch the bias tape in place (it will just show through on both sides of the changing pad).


And there you have it ... a custom diaper changing pad for your little man.  The good news is, it is super cute.  The bad news is, you'll be using it to change lots of stinky diapers.  What's a mama to do ...

Pair this bad boy with a wipes clutch, and you'll have a killer baby shower gift.

 
 

Enjoy!

41 comments:

MandMStudio said...

Awe I cant wait to make one of these:)

dana said...

Awesome Jill. Thank you for sharing!

casserole said...

Great tutorial!! Love the little boy look of the fabrics you chose!

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-baby-changing-pad/2010/02/18/

--Anne

Jen Kesler said...

Thanks for sharing all of your awesome ideas. The car caddy is so cute and I hope to make one for my nephew soon!

Chris said...

Very nice, Jill. I love the simplicity.

Molly @ thecreativemaven said...

Wow... I am so excited to have found you through the "Boy Month" event - you are SO SO talented! Love everything I've seen so far! :)

Olive Mac said...

That is brilliant - I love the sock monkey fabric that you used! Excellent!

Ben KaShan Allysen Briggs said...

I love the sock monkey fabric...I made my diaperbag, changing pad burp rags and taggie out of this fabric for my little guy this last year!!!

Melanie said...

Awesome, Jill. I love it! I can't wait to see what you're having next... girl or boy?

Emily said...

I love the sock monkey fabric! too cute

Midwestern gone Idahoan said...

I nominated you for the "Beautiful Blog" Award.
come to my blog to redeem!

Jas said...

You are amazing. I love all your ideas.

Megan said...

This is great! I can't wait to make it!! I have been making your flannel burp rags like crazy! Ok I am a little addicted!

Thanks for all the great ideas...Keep them coming!

Kelly Moore said...

I can't wait to try this!!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

Jill,
this is such a fabulous tutorial!!

Sarah said...

Love it Jill! Let's hope the next one is a boy so you can get lots more use out of it! I've actually been playing around with trying to laminate my own fabric for a while now and I had no idea they made iron on vinyl!! That's awesome!
-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

Lettie said...

I have been reading your blog since you started making the quiet book for your son. This is one of my favorite items I've seen. I had a store bought one that I lost with my last baby, but thanks to you I can MAKE my replacement! thanks

fleece said...

Such a GREAT idea. I would love to make this for a baby shower coming up. thanks for sharing :)
Kerry
www.allpolarfleecefabrics.com

Julie said...

I enjoy your blog love this project!

Becky said...

Thank you! I am so making this for a baby shower next week.

PS. Found you on UCreate

ForeverYou said...

Thank you so much for sharing !! I loved it!

Kimberly said...

It was so fun to see you featured on Made, I love this Celebrate the Boy month!

I really like this changing pad pattern, I'll have to make it for the next one :) Thank you for the tutorial!

Steph said...

Very cute! Thanks for the detailed info on sewing with bias tape!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That's fabulous! What a great gift idea. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Baby Gifts said...

Thanks for sharing! I love its neat design! Rachel is right! it's really a great gift idea.

Vivian said...

I just finished my changing pad and it looks good! But no matter what I do, things never turn out as good as yours. You are impressive. Thanks for the tutorial, I love mine!

Jen said...

Finally linking up my post on a baby gift I made with the changing pad, burp cloths and spring tote. It was a hit! Thank you for the wonderful tutorials!

http://spools.wordpress.com/2010/03/18/baby-fun/

Lauren vdH said...

I just finished making mine! Thanks so much for all your great ideas and tutorials! http://jlvdh.blogspot.com/2010/05/compact-diaper-changing-kit.html

kvahedi said...

Can't wait to try out this pattern!

Any idea how it would turn out with oilcloth instead of the laminate fabric? (Is there even a difference between the two?)

Anonymous said...

Could you do tutorials for a car seat cover, car seat canopy, a head rest for the car seat, nursing covers, shoulder strap covers, and clover car seat blankets? I have fallen in love with your work and I would like to see more in the baby category.

Mami said...

I can't tell you how much I love your site, you are sooo inspirational, a truly talented lady. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us.xx

pagetravels said...

i love it, super easy! thanks for making the tut:)

Jaime said...

Jill-
I Love this tutorial. I've made two so far, and don't plan on stopping! I swapped out the laminated fabric for a sparkely vinyl one and its great... super easy to keep clean. I hope you don't mind that I linked your tutorial to my site: http://stitchestosprinkles.blogspot.com/
Your other tutorials are great too... I can't wait to make some more stuff.

Anonymous said...

Jill, I know you get this a lot, but: YOU ARE THE BEST!

Shalynn said...

I would love to send you pictures of the two changing pads I have been able to make from your tutorial! My first one was all Girly, and the second one was camo for daddy to carry around!:) they turned out great...thank you!

Anonymous said...

if I increase the finished product to 12 by 28" will I need more bias tape? I'm a beginner sewer and not sure,

thanks!

kids designer boots said...

Keep the baby's hands busy so there will be no temptation to play in poo.
Be prepared for the unexpected.

Deborah Monson said...

You are SO super good at using pins. I tend to shy away from them (childhood wounds!). Great tutorials. I just made the car cozy, it was so easy :)

Dew said...

Hi Jill,
First, you are an AMAZING seamstress/crafter/tutorial writer. Dang, girl.
Second, curious as to whether you think it would work to just have one go-round to attach the bias tape, if you used clips to hold it all together (rather than pins, the bane of the laminated-cotton-user's existence!). If you're still reading comments on this vintage post, lmk.
Thank you SO much!

Pamela said...

Nice tutorial and just what I needed. Made it this afternoon but made some alterations. I used the changing pad material in the middle along with the fusible. Makes it quite washable. Instead of rounding the corners, I just left them squared off then used homemade binding around it like I use for my quilts.
I think the mother to be will enjoy it. I plan to make more as I have several mothers to be in our church.
Thanks for sharing your idea!!!!

اشغال يدوية said...

simple and beautiful .. thanks