Sew a Changing Pad Cover
After a very slow start … I’m on a roll! Two projects done for Baby 3′s nursery in two weeks. Does that count as ‘a roll’? Probably not, but this week I’m sharing a changing pad cover I made for the room. It’s VERY similar to the crib sheet tutorial that I shared last week.
One more time … here’s the inspiration board for his or her room:
And here’s the changing pad cover I made for the room:
The one above is made using two fabrics … a fun chevron fabric for the top, and soft minky fabric for the bottom two thirds. You can also easily make this same cover with just one fabric (even easier!).
HERE’S THE PROCESS:
- Wash and iron your fabrics (you can see from the next pictures that I’m not great at the ironing part). Also, if you’re using minky dot fabric (like mine), DON’T iron it. The dots will disappear, and the fabric will look all ‘blotchy’ and not so soft.
- Cut your fabric to size:
- If using two fabrics (like above) cut the top piece 19″ x 32″ and the bottom piece 30″ x 32″
- If using one fabric for entire cover, cut a rectangle 48″ x 32″
- Cut 2 8″ squares out of the top corners of the top piece and 2 8″ squares out of the bottom corners of the bottom piece. It’s easiest to fold the fabric in half, then cut them both at the same time.
You want your fabric pieces to look like this:
- Finish the raw 32″ edge of the top piece with a zig zag stitch or pinking shears. You’ll also want to do this to the raw edge of the bottom piece IF it’s something other than minky (which doesn’t fray)
- Next, lay bottom piece FACE UP. Place top piece FACE DOWN on top of the bottom piece, matching up the 32″ edges. Pin in place.
- Sew two pieces together along 32″ edge with about a 1/4″ seam allowance
- Iron seam open
- Next, sew four corner seams. In each corner, match up the 8″ edges with right sides facing. Sew along 8″ edge with 1/4″ seam allowance. Zig Zag stitch edges together.
- Next, we’ll create a pocket for the elastic band all around cover. First, fold over edge of top fabric about 1/4″ – 1/2″ and iron in place. I didn’t iron the minky fabric (because it looses it’s dots), but if you are using a different type of fabric on the bottom, iron this 1/4″ seam all around cover.
- Now, for the pocket … fold the edge over another 1/2″ – 3/4″ all around cover. Iron this down on the cotton fabric. Pin this fold on the minky.
- Sew all around the cover near the inside edge of your pocket. Leave a gap to feed in your elastic ~2″. Backstitch on either side of gap.
- Cut 36″ (before stretching) out of 3/8″ knit elastic.
- Attach large safety pin to one end of elastic, and begin feeding through pocket.
- Sew elastic ends together.
- Sew gap closed.
And here’s a quick collage of several other changing pad covers I’ve made in the past (for others):
Okay … I’m off to finish my organizing project for tomorrow’s Dirty Little Secret Friday. Fingers crossed I get that completed to show you tomorrow!!