Saturday, August 31, 2013

On-the-Go Diaper Change Pad Tutorial

I just realized recently that we lost our change pad last year at some point. It just occurred to me that we'd need to replace it--ha! So I made a new one this time, using some leftover Michael Miller Zoo print I had from making Sprout a baby blanket.

Thought I'd share with you a quick little tutorial as well in case you wanted to make one for yourself or a gift.


  • matching or contrasting thread
  • 15"x23" piece of polar fleece or thin batting
  • 15"x23" piece of vinyl (faux leather is okay, just don't get really textured stuff or it'll be tough to wipe)
  • 15"x23" piece of fabric--I used a cotton print, but anything woven & not too thick is fine
  • matching or contrasting double fold bias tape
  • 20" ribbon
  • pins, scissors &/or rotary cutter, cutting mat, sewing machine
  • CD or similar sized round object, marker
  • lighter or candle


  1. Once you've got all your pieces of fabric cut, pin them together near the edges with the fleece/batting sandwiched between vinyl & cotton. The good sides of both fabrics should be showing. 
  2.  Mark rounded corners by tracing a CD placed in each corner, then cut that off all three layers with your scissors or rotary cutter.
  3. Baste the three layers together about 3/16" from the edge.
  4. Fold up the pad three times (into eights or sixths, as you like) & determine how much ribbon will need to go around the pad when folded. Add 1" to that measurement, cut & melt the edges with a lighter/candle.
  5. Stitch the ribbon loop onto top edge of pad near corner, with the loop facing inward toward the pad. Keep your stitching to within a 1/4" of the edge so the bias binding will cover it up later.
  6. Sew bias binding on all the way around the pad using a zigzag or other decorative stitch.
That's about it! The loop can be used to wrap around the pad & keep it folded or carry it on the way to the bathroom or hang it up if you've washed it, or to hang it somewhere in a public toilet.

This pad is really basic & doesn't include extra fancy side pockets for diapers & wipes because we use cloth, so they're a bit bulkier & require a wet back to transport the dirty ones back home. We already have a good wet bag, which is where I store the wipes, diaper & folded change pad anyway. If you use disposables, this diaper clutch tutorial on AllFreeSewing might appeal to you.

Let me know if you make one & what you think of the tutorial--I'd love your feedback!

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