Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Diaper Changing Pad Tutorial

Among the many other necessary items stuffed inside for baby, my diaper bag needed a coordinating changing pad. I devised this fold-up model with a handle to solve some of the issues I had with commercially available changing pads, and to avoid the fun of attempting to grope for several paper towels to line the changing table while wrangling a squirming child. It uses Velcro so the baby won't be laying on a bulky plastic buckle. There are two ziperless inside pockets, for diapers and wipes, inline with the mat so they won't drag it over the side of the changing table and onto the floor. I didn't want part of the mat that touches a public changing table to directly touch where my baby lays when the mat is folded.
6" of 1" Heavy Duty Strap
3" of 3/4" Velcro Strip
Fusible Batting (Cut into 11" x 31" rectangle and one 1 1/2" x 7" rectangle for the handle.)
1/3 yard Laminated or Regular Quilting Cotton for Outside (Cut into 12" x 32" rectangle.)
1/3 yard Quilting Cotton for Pockets and Handle (Cut into two 12" x 14" rectangles and one 8" x 3 1/2" rectangle for the handle. )
1/3 yard PUL Fabric (Cut into 12" x 32" rectangle.)
Center the fusible side of the batting on the wrong side of the Outside fabric. It should be 1/2" from each side of the Outside fabric. Press to attach the batting to the quilting cotton.
Press the 3 1/2" ends of the 8" x 3 1/2" rectangle over 1/2" toward the wrong side.
Fold the rectangle that now measures 3 1/2" x 7" in half, right sides together, matching the 8" sides.
Unfold the 8" x 3 1/2" rectangle. Align the 1 1/2" x 7" rectangle with the center fold and the two side folds on the wrong side of the fabric. Press to attach the batting to the handle with the fusible side down.
Refold the 3 1/2" ends over the batting. Refold in half with right sides together. Sew down the 7" side using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Flip right side out and press. Pin the handle to the right side of the outer fabric so each end is 2 1/2" from the longer sides of the Outside rectangle and centered between the 12" sides. Measure 1 1/2" from each end of the handle. Secure to the Outer fabric by stitching a box with an X in the center.
Sew one side of the Velcro strip to one end of the strap material. Pin the end of the strap without the Velcro 10" from the short side of the the right side of the Outside fabric and centered between the long sides. The Velcro should face the Outside fabric and extend away from the handle. Attach the last 1" of the strap to the Outside fabric using a rectangle and X.
Sew the remaining side of the Velcro 11" from the short end of the Outside fabric's right side that doesn't already have the strap attached. The closer end of the Velcro should be 8" from the short end. Attach by sewing a rectangle with an X.
Fold the two 12" x 14" rectangles in half wrong sides together in half, bringing one 12" side to the other, so it measures 12" x 7". Press.
Align the raw edges of one pocket to each end of the right side of the outside fabric. Stitch around the three raw-edges sides using a 1/4" seam.
Align the PUL fabric on the Outside fabric with right sides together. Pin the long sides and sew each using a 1/2" seam allowance.
Flip right sides out and press. Pin the short sides and sew with a 1/2" seam. Sew a diagonal line to secure each corner; then clip to eliminate bulk.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" using pinking shears.
Flip the pockets over to the PUL side to hide the seams.
Fold each short end to the middle.
Then fold in half and secure with the Velcro.
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  1. Pretty ingenious, and so sweet of you to share!

  2. Can you tell me the name of the kitty fabric? The pad is adorable

  3. This is brilliant--esp. the part about not letting what touches the outside, touch the baby. You always think of answers to questions we haven't even asked yet!

  4. The cover may be hand washed, rinsed and hung up to dry. (my shower was a haven for diaper covers for a while).Vaikiska patalyne

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