Diaper Changing Pad Tutorial

March 13, 2013 in Projects

Make a diaper changing pad to match the diaper bag you made (or just make one for fun to go with any diaper bag)!

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

What you’ll need:

Your Baby Lock sewing machine

2 layers of coordinating decorative fabric 15″ x 18″ (probably nothing stretchy is advised; I used fabrics to coordinate with a diaper bag that I made)

A wipes/diaper pocket is optional, but great 6.5″ x 15″

1 layer of clear vinyl is optional, but nice for easy cleaning (not the lightest weight, but, not the heaviest weight either); I rough cut my vinyl about an inch bigger than my decorative fabric on all sides (and then, cut it down after I sewed it).

If you do a pocket, I recommend a loop and button closure (I cut a ponytail holder for my loop, but  you could use an elastic remnant).

Thread (I chose a jean thread (with 3.0mm stitch length) to coordinate with the diaper bag tutorial that I did, but, I will say, it wasn’t the easiest to keep even and look great, so, you may opt for all-purpose)

A patch or machine sewn applique is cute or, if you have an embroidery machine, a diaper applique is always cute!!

Directions:

I cut mine 15″ x 18″ (but, you can use whatever dimensions you feel is best, just keep in mind a 1/2″ seam allowance around the entire project).

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Take your pocket and iron down the top edge 1″ to the “wrong” side of the fabric and then iron the raw edge in half to create a 1/2″ rolled edge (so, basically, the top edge is ironed down a 1/2″ and then, again, another 1/2′ to conceal the raw edge…you can then trim down the first 1/2″ (the raw edge) if you desire)).

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Stitch your ironed edge down close to the edge (or a little less than a 1/2″ from the top).

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Fold and iron the bottom edge up a 1/2″ to the “wrong” side.

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Place your pocket “upside down” about 1″-1.5″ away from the bottom of the “right” side of your diaper change pad (when it is finished and folded your pocket will face up, I promise 😀 ).

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Stitch the sides (so, they’ll stay in place) and bottom of your pocket in place (bottom stitch will show, side pocket stitches will not show when completed).

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

At the top center (opposite of your pocket) place a loop inward and stitch in place several times. I think my loop was about 2″ but see what will work with your button.

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

If you want to add some embellishment, make sure it’s sewn or embroidered as shown below, so that it is not upside down when completed (note: my loop is not shown in the picture below because it hadn’t been sewn on yet, but, the loop would be placed opposite the pocket, in the center, by my embroidery appliqued diaper)

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Such a cute little applique design I stumbled upon at the EmbroideryBoutique.com.

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Now, layer your fabrics. The clear vinyl should separate your 2 decorative fabrics and your decorative fabrics should be “pretty” sides facing in towards each other (split by the vinyl).

Totally Stichin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Stitch 3 sides (at a 1/2″ seam allowance; 3.5mm stitch length); I stitched the sides and top, leaving the bottom (by the pocket) open so that I could turn it right side out. Trim your vinyl to fit and then, clip the 2 sewn corners.

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Turn right side out between the vinyl layer and the outer layer (the one you stitched your pocket to), pushing your corners out (I then, pressed it lightly, not on the vinyl side).

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

This isn’t the easiest thing to keep even, but, you’ll want to turn the top layer (by the pocket) under (and in) a half inch and the other decorative fabric paired with the vinyl in a half inch as well. I pressed the top layer quickly to crease and hold in place (do not iron on vinyl and don’t hold too long on the top side). And, then, I pinned parallel with the seam (as shown below) and right on the edge where I will be sewing (you don’t want to poke holes in your vinyl too far into the body of your changing pad).

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Then, stitch closely around the entire outer edge of the diaper changing pad. I recommend stitching on the vinyl side, using a teflon coated foot…it sews very smoothly!

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Now, fold your diaper pad in 3.

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Mark the placement for the button.

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Sew your button in place.

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

 Done!! Add wipes and if a diaper fits (I got a newborn diaper to fit) and place in the coordinating Diaper Bag! 😀

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

 

Totally Stitchin': Changing Pad Tutorial

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