A diaper changing pad is essential for every on-the-go Mom. It's a simple project to make since the pad is a long rectangle. It will also double as a diaper clutch so that you can take it with you on short trips. There is room to place a diaper or two with a travel diaper wipes container between the folds of the changing pad. It has a handle so that you can put it on your wrist.
Use any fabric of your choice to make the changing pad. A flannel lined table cloth was used for the backing. It is simple to care for. It can be wiped clean using a wet cloth. You can also throw it in the wash using the gentle cycle and let air dry. This is a very satisfying quick project to make. You can make one to match every diaper bag.
Note: Use 1/4 inch seam allowances except where noted. Finished changing pad will be about 12 inches wide by 21.5 inches long. Take the measurements for the changing pad pattern and transfer these to large paper or mark the measurements on the fabric using fabric pencil.
To make this diaper changing pad, you will need the following:
Any decorative fabric (less than 1 yard) 1 foot of ribbon 1 inch wide (any color) 1 inexpensive flannel lined vinyl table cloth (small) Light loft quilter's batting 1 large button Sewing machine Measuring tape Fabric pencil or tailor's chalk Basic sewing supplies Scissors Iron
Step 1: Cut out the diaper pad pattern pieces as indicated here.
Step 2: Make the wrist strap by folding the fabric as indicated in drawing and stitch using an 1/8 inch allowance. Cut the 1 inch wide ribbon to 8.5 inches long. Make the button closure strap by following the drawing and stitch as indicated. (See drawing for how to fold straps.)
Step 3: Assemble the pieces for the diaper changing pad as indicated with right side of fabric facing right side of vinyl then the batting. Pin as shown. Pin the button closure strap 4.5 inches from the top right side and the wrist strap 3 inches in on each side on the left side of the pad. Stitch all the way around leaving a 4 inch opening on bottom opposite of the button closure strap. Notch the corners of the pad. (See Diagram A.)
Step 4: Through the opening, turn the pad right side out by going in between the fabric and vinyl layers. Take an iron on a low heat setting and iron the fabric side to eliminate any wrinkles. Be careful not to touch the vinyl side. Topstitch all the way around the pad. Attach large button on opposite side of button closure strap. (See Diagram B.)
Step 5: Fold the diaper pad in half width-wise then length-wise. Close using strap and button.