Thursday, March 18, 2010

DIY Wednesday: Travel Changing Pad

Hello There,

Time for another baby related project. I'll try to find a fun project that isn't baby related for next week's DIY Wednesday!

I made a couple of travel changing pads to throw in a diaper bag or to keep downstairs away from the changing table. Click here for a printable PDF tutorial.



Supplies:

Fabric (Outside fabric should be a fun fabric; Inside fabric should be something soft and/or easily cleaned)

Ribbon (For tie)

Optional: Binding, Pretty Edging, Piping (If you want to jazz up the edges, be creative!)

Directions:

Step One: Cut Your Fabric

Cut your two pieces of fabric with these dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 (My traveling pad is not cut to these dimensions for the simple fact I was using scrap fabric. These are the ‘proper’ dimensions allowing a ¼ inch seam allowance)

If you use a soft fabric like I did with my changing pad, keep in mind it’s slippery. You might want to pin the two layers together (right sides together) and then cut with your rotary cutter & cutting mat.

Step Two: Pin Those Suckers Together



If you haven’t already, pin the two fabrics together with right sides together.

You will also want to pin the ribbon in at this point. Take a piece of ribbon about 12 inches long, fold it in half and place it between the two layers. You’ll want to place it at about the middle. Leave an inch or so sticking out and pin it into place to keep it from slipping.



Step Three: Ladies, Start Your Sewing Machine

Start sewing around the fabric a ¼ of an inch from the edge. Leave a 2 inch opening on the opposite side of the edge that has the ribbon attached (this is where you’ll be pulling the fabric through). Back stitch over the ribbon a couple of times to make sure it’s nice and secure.

Step Four: Topsy-Turvy (Turn the Fabric Inside Out)

Now you need to pull the right sides through the opening you left. Use something to poke the edges to make sure they are pushed all the way out (I like to use a pencil personally). Iron the entire changing pad to make sure the edges are pushed all the way out. Also, make sure you have enough fabric folding in at your opening in order to close up the hole in the next step.

Step Five: Finish Those Edges

The final step is to sew a pretty stitch (meaning you can either use a straight stitch or maybe get creative and use something more decorative) at about ¼ of an inch from the edge. If you want a more “polished” look, you could also add binding to the outside edge of the changing pad.

And ta-da, a hip new changing pad!







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