Sew a Changing Pad Cover

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in DIY and Crafts, Nursery, Sewing Tutorials | 25 comments

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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:

 

Grey, Turquoise, Yellow Nursery

 

And here’s the changing pad cover I made for the room:

 

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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″

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      CUT FABRIC TO SIZE

  3. 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.
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    FOLD FABRIC IN HALF, THEN CUT 8″ SQUARES OUT OF CORNERS.

    You want your fabric pieces to look like this:

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    FOUR 8″ SQUARES OUT OF CORNERS

  4. 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)

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    FINISH 32″ EDGE WITH A ZIG ZAG STITCH (OR PINKING SHEARS OR BY SERGING)

  5. 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.

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    RIGHT SIDES FACING

  6. Sew two pieces together along 32″ edge with about a 1/4″ seam allowance

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    SEW PIECES TOGETHER

  7. Iron seam open

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    IRON SEAM OPEN

  8. 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.
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    MATCH UP 8″ EDGES … RIGHT SIDES FACING

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    SEW CORNER SEAMS

  9. 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.

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    IRON A 1/4″ SEAM ALL AROUND COVER (BUT NOT ON MINKY FABRIC IF USING)

  10. 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.

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    FOLD OVER AGAIN … THIS TIME ~3/4″ AND IRON AND PIN IN PLACE

  11. 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.
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    SEW ALL AROUND COVER FORMING POCKET.

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    LEAVE A 2″ GAP TO FEED IN ELASTIC.

  12. Cut 36″ (before stretching) out of 3/8″ knit elastic.

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    CUT A 36″ PIECE OF THIS ELASTIC

  13. Attach large safety pin to one end of elastic, and begin feeding through pocket.
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    FEED ELASTIC THROUGH POCKET WITH SAFETY PIN

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  14. Sew elastic ends together.

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    SEW ENDS TOGETHER

  15. Sew gap closed.

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    SEW GAP CLOSED

FINISHED!

 

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And here’s a quick collage of several other changing pad covers I’ve made in the past (for others):

 

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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!!

signoff

 

25 Comments

  1. I love it. I like the use of the two fabrics too. I way past the stage, but I know a few people who can benefit from this tutorial!
    Bette @ Somerset Lane recently posted…Keeping kids Busy during March BreakMy Profile

    • Thanks, Bette! Share with your friends with little ones (that own sewing machines). :)

  2. These are gorgeous and it really is pretty easy to make them (based on your tutorial, which is super clear and fabulous). It is always good to have 2-3 covers around and ready to throw on so I think making them is smart. Plus I love that you use the soft doted minky fabric, way better then thin store bought covers.
    Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living recently posted…DIY Antique Rustic Picture Frames for $1My Profile

    • Thanks, Sonnet. My boys have both approved of the soft minky fabric on the bottom of these covers to go under their bums :). And yes, I need about 5 more. With boys at least, they seem to be really good at getting them ‘wet’ during diaper change :). Ahhh … better find those PeePee Teepees just in case baby 3 is another male!

  3. Wow you did it again with the sewing. I think my favorite is the red one with the dogs all over it. I just retired my changing table. My 1 year old is 35 pounds and way to long for it. So it’s easier to change on the floor Pinning this just in case I might need to make some for the future (yikes).
    Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney recently posted…Easy-to Make Crayon Resist Watercolor Art for KidsMy Profile

    • A fourth kiddo?!?!? Yikes. Just in case :)

  4. So, so pretty! I really love the chevron and turquoise dots. You think of the absolute best stuff! Pinning for a future Esposito kid (one day :))
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    • One day!! :) Thanks for the sweet comment. Have a great weekend!

  5. These are so much better than the bland store bought ones! I would love it if you would share it our Friday Favorites Link Party! http://acowboylife.blogspot.com/2014/02/friday-favorites-link-party_27.html

  6. Why on earth did I not think of this when mine were babies? Brilliant idea! Saves putting a towel on the plastic, which is what I did, and you have loads so they can just bung in the washing machine as necessary. Officially a genius idea and they look pretty too!

  7. So glad to see this tutorial. I plan on making these for both of my daughters who have infants right now. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Perfect!! Glad the timing worked out! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Great tutorial – I’m due in May and I just might have to make my own changing pad cover using this! Thank you! Visiting from the Party Bunch Linky

    • Congrats!! I’m also due in May. This baby has a crib sheet, but no room yet!!! I’ve got to get my hubby on it!!

  9. I wish I had seen this when I was still knee-deep in cloth diapering. My diaper changing pad always looked so bland!

    Thanks for linking up to Fabulously Frugal Thursday! We’ll be featuring your craft on this week’s linky party live tonight at 6:30 pm.
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  10. This is so cute, Katie! And I might just need to make one–I’m expecting #3 as well! :) Thanks for linking up to the Do Tell Tuesday party!
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  11. Great tutorial. My daughter just asked me to make her one to match her nursery accessories as she could not find the cool she wanted to buy. Thanks again. :)

    • Hi Teri! Great! I’m so glad you found it! Good luck, and let me know how it turns out! Thanks for the comment! Have a great week!

  12. I love this! It would make any plain dresser or changing pop.

    • Thanks, Dominique! It was/is super easy to make AND much cheaper than the designer prices! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. This tutorial is so awesome! I have recently become obsessed with making things for my little man and gave this a try tonight. Your instructions were so great, I whizzed right through it :) thank you!

    • Yay! So glad it was helpful, Ashley! I become obsessed with making stuff for my 2nd’s nursery a couple years back, and haven’t stopped! Thanks for stoping by, and for letting me know it worked out well! Have a grat week!

  14. Hi there
    do you still make these for others?

    Im looking for bright yellow pad cover along with two bright yellow fitted sheets for our mattresses.

    just found out we are having twins and we are doing ellow and grey nursery

    thanks

    • Oh WOW!! Congrats, Melissa!! Twins will be SO fun. Do you know boys and/or girls??!? Yes … I occasionally do still make these for others (I have cut down quite a bit since my third son was born … my life is a bit chaotic!). For the changing pad … do you just want solid bright yellow? and same for the sheets … just solid yellow? Let me know what you’re thinking, and we can go from there.

      Thanks for stopping by! Congrats again!!
      XO,
      Katie

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