Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Simple Changing Pad: My Favorite Baby Gift

     When our youngest was born, I was blessed to receive a perfect changing pad from a dear friend.

 She is so talented and I have absolutely LOVED this gift. I loved it so much, I have given one as a new baby gift to many friends and family members. It is completely simple to make and quick to put together. Everyone has really enjoyed and USED the changing pads throughout the course of diapering. It is great for a quick trip into the store or doctors office, and has pockets for wipes, diapers, and a bottle.

Here is how you can make one, too.


1/2 yard of chenille
1 yard coordinating cotton fabric
1 yard ribbon
Fray Check

Cut chenille to 22"x18". 

Cut coordinating top fabric to the same size.

To make the pocket: cut out a 9" x 17" piece of the coordinating fabric.

You will be placing the pocket on the lower left hand side, so hem the top and right sides of the pocket.

Attach to the top and secure with pins.

Stitch along the right hand edge, right over the exposed hem.
Now here is the tricky part. Make a light mark with a fabric pencil 4 1/2 inches from the right side in. You need to do this at the top and bottom of the pocket. This is going to be a smaller pocket for a sippy cup or bottle.  Sew a straight line, using your marks as a guide. Backstitch at the top for extra strength.

Place ribbon on the left hand side, half way down the pocket. This is about 4 1/2 " up from the left bottom corner. Stitch in place. Seal the ends with a little Fray Check. This makes it so the ribbon won't unravel in the wash.

Pin right sides together, making sure that the loose ends of the ribbon are not going to be attached where they shouldn't.

Carefully sew around the edges. This can be a little tricky because the chenille tends to stretch. I like to pick a spot in the middle of a side, and sew one direction. Go back to the center and sew the opposite direction on the same side. 
This seems to create and even amount of tension.
Leave a three inch gap somewhere to turn it inside out.

Turn right side out. You will still have a little gap. I will show you what to do with this next. Make sure to use a small blunt object to poke the corners out flat. 

Iron out. PLEASE ribbon is in the WRONG spot! Can you believe that? I had to go back and attach it 4 1/2" up from the bottom left corner. Pretend that is what you see:).

Pin the gap closed, matching edges. Sew a 1/4 " top stitch around the entire edge of the changing pad.  Easy as pie!

You are finished!

One side is soft and warm to lay baby down.

The other side ready to fill with necessities.

 To secure, fold half way down, roll up, and tie with a bow. The pad fits nicely into a purse. Best of all, if it gets dirty just throw it into the wash and dry it on low heat.



Shared on The Shabby Chic Cottage , Beyond the Picket Fence, Under the Table and Dreaming, V & Co.and Pony Tails and Fish Scales , The Gypsy's Corner, Sugar Bee- Craft Edition


Lunsford Family said...

This was my all time favorite Baby gift! I use mine all the time. I love that I don't have to take the diaper bag everywhere and that it fits perfect in all my handbags!

Dani G said...

Thanks Ju! I was just today thinking that I'd like to ask you for the pattern! (Impeccable timing!) I use mine all the time, even today in the back of the car at the Target Parking lot! hahaha! I LOVE it's convenience! : ) What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

Robin Johnson said...

How adorable. I just love the fabric you used. Great job.

Teena said...

nice, I like the blue print fabric, well done! Happy Transformation Thursday <3

Anonymous said...

Cute and Crafty! Thanks for linking up @PonyTails&FishScales!

CW said...

Thank you, Julie! I use mine all the time, too! And I am getting ready to make one for a couple more people for gifts!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

This is simply gorgeous! I love the fabric you used. Very pretty! Great tutorial too! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderul week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial!

Unknown said...

I just made two of these with my own twist... I used a towel that for the changing pad side rather than buying chenille. They are a little bulkier than chenille but not much... They are so cute!

Mounette said...

Super, merci

Vanessa said...

Very cute! I love portable PRACTICAL crafts like this. We can customize them and make them work and look better than retail counterparts!

Jamie said...

This is wonderful!! Baby #5 is making his debut in February, so I think I have enough to time to make one. Thanks for sharing!

I'm your newest follower, by the way!

Anonymous said...

I love this! As a beginner, the instructions were easy to follow and the project came together beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Just finished, and I loved the tutorial! Can't wait to give it to my friend, who just had a baby. Thanks!

Julia said...

{To: Ananymous} So glad is turned out! I am sure your friend will just LOVE it:)!


Sandy said...

What a lovely great idea! If my baby does not arrive soon I will be making one or two for her or him.
I do not have diaperbags anymore. Can you imagine how many bags I would have to carrry around and this fits perfect and is yet stylish for a my shoulder bag.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Oh, how I enjoy your blog

Diane said...

Just a question, once it is filled, wouldn't you want to roll it the opposite way with the blue side in because you would want the diaper and stuff rolled up?

Diane said...

If it is filled, wouldn't things fall out if the blue pocket side is on the outsid?

CarolaD said...

Thanks so much for your clear, informative tutorial on the baby change pad. I followed your instructions and made one today. I love how it turned out and I have a second one planned already! My daughter is having twins soon and two of her friends are having babies, too, so I plan on giving some as gifts. Such a great idea! Thanks :)

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Baby Gifts Provider said...

Some good sewing you did there. That changing pad might just be simple, but its actually a lovely baby shower gift. Carry on sharing some fruitful and creative work.

Unknown said...

I know that this post is too old, but I just want to tell you how useful this tutorial is. Changing pads are really useful and handy. Thanks for sharing this.

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