I’ve had this post just sitting on my camera for a few weeks now and I’m so glad to finally put it out there.
Look how squishy and tiny my dude was here. Ahhh, I love it! :)
I have grand plans for Lil John’s nursery/our guest bedroom. I’m going with a nautical/beachy/chevron theme. Buuut, I haven’t really done anything yet. I have the idea in my head, but haven’t had the time to implement anything yet.
That being said, I did make these cute-cute changing pad covers in a super soft flannel. And since I got them from Joanns with a 40% off coupon they were like, practically free. haha And let’s face, these things are going to get pooped on, so I didn’t want some fancy print or minky. I wanted something cute and cheap, $2.99 a yard for little sailboats, yup sold.
I started out by measuring my changing pad and added six inches to the width, to allow for the fabric to wrap around the back of the pad and added an additional inch to the length for seam allowances. Which ended up being 33 x 33 inches.
You might want to wash and iron your fabric before cutting… just a suggestion. I skipped this step and my covers turned out fine, but you don’t want to go through the work of making this and the shrinkage make it unusable. But, around here, impatience and limited naptimes often call for impromptu crafting.
I wanted this cover to be contoured just like my changing pad, so instead of just making it like a small fitted sheet, I added another step of creating a pattern piece made by tracing the end of the pad and adding 3 inches, to match the three inches added to the width of the fabric cut piece.
I traced onto two pieces of cardstock that I taped together, cut and then traced onto my fabric using a disappearing fabric marker.
I like tracing patterns onto the fabric instead of trying to cut around with my scissors, I find that for me personally I always get a better fitting pattern piece when I do this.
Fold your large square cut in half to find your middle mark, do the same with your contour pattern piece, line these two pieces up and start pinning together.
When you get to the rounded corners start adding a few more pins to secure the shape. I also found that once you get to the rounded corner that lining up the outside edges and then working back in towards the corner helps to line everything up just right.
All pinned and ready to sew. Sew a 1/4 or 1/2 seam, what ever your preference. I sewed a 1/4 inch, it’s my comfort zone.
Repeat with the opposite edge.
Grab yourself some elastic and cut into 3 inch strips.
Lay one end of the elastic on the seam of where you attached your contour piece to your square pattern piece and stich the opposite side in place. I used a straight stitch and sewed back and forth twice to secure.
Sew the other end 3 inches from the seam on the opposite side of the seam in the same manner.
Now we’re going to encase the elastic and hide the raw edges to keep your cover from fraying into nothingness.
Fold over your edge a little wider than the width of your elastic. Mine was 1/4” elastic, so I went with 1/4 inch. Fold and sew until you get to the start of one edge of the elastic.
To encase the elastic you are going to fold over the edge of the fabric so that it covers the elastic with enough over hang so that your needle doesn’t pierce the elastic.
Stretch the elastic as you fold over the edge, pull, fold and sew all in one fluid motion.
Continue this process all around.
And then repeat once more to really secure those edges from fraying. You could cut the edges with pinking shears, but I prefer the look of the finished edge.
But, it’s not like anyone is going to actually SEE the bottom of your changing pad, so really, once should be enough. :)
Now grab your changing pad and ta-DA! All done. Enjoy!
There is plenty of room to tuck those straps right under the cover. Or you could make little slits and finish them if you choose to still use the straps. I have personally never used the straps to hold my child down. It would take just as much time to strap down than to just change the baby.
Here is my little set-up. I keep all of my diapers, liners and my wipe warmer in the top drawer of this little dresser. My cloth diaper bag tucks away on one side and the diaper pail on the other for disposables. I do not have enough in my cloth stock yet to use cloth exclusively.
You can see my tutorial on how I made my cloth diapers here.