Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Changing Pad Cover Tutorial

I finally sewed up the fabric I had on Sam’s changing pad into a real cover instead of just wrapping the pad with the fabric and calling it good!

It was really easy and you could make one too!

Changing-Pad-Cover-Tutorial

DIRECTIONS:

Wash, iron and cut your fabric. I usually hate washing fabric beforehand, so I won’t tell anyone if you decide to skip that step! You need a piece of fabric about 48” x 32” to fit a standard sized pad (32″L X 16″W X 3-4″H).

Fold it in half lengthwise and then widthwise and then cut out an 8″ square at the outside corner (the one with no folds).After-Cutting-out-Corners

Now it looks like this:after-cutting

Bring the two sides of a square together, right sides facing and sew them together. CornersSew-Corners

Repeat on all four corners.  When you’re done your changing pad cover will have corners like these:Nice-Corners

Take a break to play with and cuddle your little one ;)Take-a-Break

Next, create a tube for the elastic.  On the inside edge that is raw, fold over 1/2″ or so and iron, all the way around.  Then fold it another inch, iron and pin in place.

Starting next to a corner, sew it in place at the edge of the seam, leaving a hole at the corner to feed your elastic through, backstitching at beginning and end:leave-an-openingSew-close-to-the-edge

Cut a 36″ piece of elastic, 5/8″ thickness or smaller (i used 3/8″):

Attach a safety pin to one side of the elastic and attach the other side to the changing pad cover with a pin and feed the elastic through the tube:Use-a-safety-pin

When you pull it out, sew the two sides together –I sewed a box with an X in the middle {it’s kind of hard to see! sorry about that}:sew-elastic-together

And then sew the hole closed and that’s it! You are done!  It should look like this from the bottom:Changing-Pad-Cover-finished-bottom-view

Try it on to see how it looks!Changing-Pad-Cover-bottom-view

It’s finished! And super cute!Changing-Pad-Cover-Tutorial-finished

I’m thinking this could be a super easy and quick baby gift if you know what the nursery looks like!  It’s always nice to have an extra cover!

I’d love to see yours if you decide to make one!

29 comments:

  1. love this katie! i was trying to figure out how to do one :) thanks!

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    1. oh perfect! Post a picture if you make one!

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  2. How many yards did you get to do this project?

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    1. You need a piece of fabric about 48” x 32” to fit a standard sized pad (32″L X 16″W X 3-4″H). I would actually add about 2 inches to this since it shrunk a bit in the wash.
      A yard is 36" long and most fabrics are 45" across at least. So probably a yard and a half. I don't remember exactly how much I got because I bought it for another project and just ended up using it for this. I don't remember how much fabric I started with...hope this helps!

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    2. Would you add 2 inches to make it 50x32 or 38x34 or 50x34?

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  4. Katie I made one!!! Whoop whoop your directions were spot on. I added slits on the side for the strap ( I did that with the button hole function). I know my co-worker will love it!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Awesome! That's a great idea for the straps!

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  5. Great tutorial!! was really wanting to make one - so happy i found your site - directions were great - and mine came out beautiful!!

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  6. I can't wait to make one for our up and coming nursery! I actually have this exact Chevron fabric that I bought on Etsy from Raspberry Creek Fabrics! I love it and have a navy blue also. I am waiting to hear if we are having a boy or a girl, as soon as I find out, I'm making one of these amazing covers in the blue or the yellow! Thanks for the tutorial, you really helped me see how this could be done easily!

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  7. Thanks for the clear directions. I made one this afternoon in less than an hour. Thank goodness I washed and dried the fabric first because it came out a bit snug. This is a perfect way to personalize a nursery. Thanks again!

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  8. Great tutorial! And here's what I made out of the leftover 8" squares from the corners :) http://redribbonfoxknits.blogspot.com/2013/03/and-little-something-for-mom.html

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  9. This looks great! Was your changing pad contoured?

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    1. Yes it is contoured.
      If you make it bigger than what I have listed it should lay flatter. As it is, it kind of floats up and doesn't lay down on the pad. It doesn't bother me too much and still functions.

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  10. Thank you for this great tutorial, I made a new cover for baby #2's changing pad last week! I'd like to make one for a friend as well; however her changing pad is a bit smaller, the dimensions are 30 x 16 -- should I just reduce the length cut to 46"? So I'd cut a piece 46 x 32, but then follow all other instructions? I'd also cut down on the elastic as well, but am more concerned about sizing the fabric correctly as she lives out of town so I won't be able to test it. Thanks!

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    1. Since her pad is only 2 inches smaller than standard, I would probably keep it the same. My cover was a little tight and did shrink a bit more after I washed it over time even though I pre-washed the fabric before sewing it. So I would actually keep it 48"x32"

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  11. I've made two different covers, one for our nursery and one for a friend for her baby shower, and they both came out great!! Thank you for the easy to follow instructions. It made it super easy and quick to make these.

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  12. I'm making my whole set and want the changing cover to match but the fabric is a finer drapery type fabric (used on the bedskirt, drapes, etc.). Did you get waterproof fabric or is there a way to treat it for stains once finished that is baby safe?

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    1. I used a heavy weight cotton that is washable. I just treat stains like I do the rest of my laundry and throw it in the wash. If you can't wash the fabric you are using you may have to google how to treat stains on that type of fabric. You could also make a "liner" layer that you would lay on top of the changing pad that IS washable. I had a changing cover that had a soft vinyl oval to lay over the fabric one--it was wipe-able and washable. Good Luck!

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  13. Hi there, I haven't done much sewing, but am keen to give this a go. I have just bought a change pad which is 75cm long x 45cm wide (29.5 inches long x 17.7 inches wide). Any chance you could figure out what sized piece of fabric I would need to start with? Thanks so much for the instructions, I can't wait to try and make one! :)

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    1. I would make it the same as above since it's ok to have a little wiggle room. My cover actually shrunk a little bit more after I washed it a second time!

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  14. I had one made for a friend as a gift, she delivered it today - I LOVE it! I'm going to get one made for myself too - LOVE!!

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  15. I just followed your tutorial and made a super cute new cover in about an hour. Thanks for the great instructions!

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  16. My changing pad is the same length and width but flat and only about an inch thick. Would I still use the same measurements?

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  17. I followed these instructions exactly....for a pad that is the exact same measurements...16 in x 32 in x 4 in. I just sewed the corners and the cover fits length-wise but the width is 21 in...which is too big to fit a 16 in wide pad. What did I do wrong??

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  18. I now realize that it doesn't fit because I forgot to cut the width to 32 in when I started. I used the whole 36 in. wide fabric with only the length cut to 48 in. I will start over.

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  19. Thanks for the easy tutorial! I just made one. :) Wish I could add a pic.

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