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Tutorial: How to Make a Changing Pad Cover ?

Tired of your own baby gear that is in the stores, I have been prompted to figure out how to make some of my own, starting with changing pad covers. Making your own will probably cost you more than the $6 one you can get on sale, but it will be way prettier and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you made it!

 

This cover will fit a standard changing pad (roughly 16x32) So what do you need?

1 36 inches of 3/8" Knit Elastic (if non-knit elastic I'd use 40") and a Safety Pin. Usually I use white elastic, but this was all that JoAnns had after Halloween, and since it is encased, it doesn't matter.

2 Sewing pins

3 Fabric measuring 32 inches x 48 inches. You can use as many different fabrics as you want, but after you sew them together to make your design, it needs to be 32x48. For example Here I used more pieces of fabric. In this tutorial, I used a 32x18.5inch piece (the dots) and a 32x30.5 piece (brown minky).

 

Okay now that you have your supplies, let’s get started.

Step 1 After you've washed and ironed your fabrics, cut them to the desired length for a collective finish size of 32x48 inches (after you sew them together).

Step 2 Place the dots on top of the minky, right sides facing. And pin into place. After pinning, sew with a 1/2" seam allowance, back tacking at both ends. You should end up with one piece that measures roughly 32x48.

Step 3 Now on to creating the corners. To do this, we need to cut out four 8" squares from each corner. (You can cut them all at once or one at a time, doesn't really matter. In this case I folded it in half horizontally and did two corners at once. One set of cuts on the flannel and one set of cuts on the minky.)

Step 4 Looking at the top right corner, take the bottom of the "L" and fold it up to the side of the "L", right sides together. Pin in place, and do the same for the other three corners

Step 5 Sew that corner together. I used a 1/2" seam allowance, and I sew from the "corner" to the edge of the fabric. That way if the fabric shifts, the excess is easier to cut off and doesn't bunch the point. Of course, back tack at each end. You should end up with 4 corners.

Step 6 Iron all the seams open, as it makes it easier to thread the elastic through later on.

Step 7 Creating the elastic casing. Starting at a corner, I fold the fabric up roughly a 1/2". Then I roll that up about 3/4" to an 1". I then pin that corner seam in place. Do this all the way around the cover. If you want to iron that 1/2" fold and the final fold, you can do that, but I am lazy and don't want to be bothered with more ironing. Place a stop pin in if you need to remind yourself that you're at the end and you need to stop to create a hole and not close it off.

Step 8 Sew that elastic casing down. I start at a corner seam (as I think it looks cleaner) and work my way around with an 1/8" seam allowance, stopping just at the other side of the seam, which leaves about 1/2" hole. Back tack at both ends.

Step 9 Cut your elastic to be 36" long if you haven't done that already. Attach a safety pin to one end. Thread the safety pin into the opening at the corner you just created and inch worm that safety pin all the way around. Pull the safety pin out when you've gone all the way around.

Step 10 Stitch the two ends of the elastic together either using a zigzag or make an big X. (this is always the hardest part for me to do cleanly for some reason, oh well, no one ever has to see it!)

Step 11 Pull on the cover to get the elastic ends you just sewed to disappear into the casing. Make sure the elastic is pushed all the way to the side (so you don't sew over it). Then sew that opening closed!

Stretch the cover out so the elastic shifts to be more even and you're done!!

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