Changing Pad Cover!

12 Feb

I know, it’s an exciting title.

I made one the other day, all by myself, using Josh’s metal tape measure because I keep forgetting to buy one for sewing. My (paternal) grandmother would be so embarrassed! I think that might be as bad as Steffi eating Christmas ham off her plate without using a fork. Anyway, our changing pad is not a standard size so I haven’t been able to find any covers for it. There are tutorials online for making them yourself…if you want to make the standard, contoured kind. Mine is not contoured either, but rather quite flat. So I looked up how to make simple pillow shams and made one of those, with envelope-style closure on the back for easy removal. I used flannel once again, which I washed before cutting to prevent unforeseen shrinkage/warping. I was disappointed that it came out of the dryer a good bit fuzzier than it went in, but maybe that will make it even softer for Baby’s buttocks.

It really was a simple process. Trim the fabric to the width of the pad, allowing for seams of course. Then lay the fabric face up on the floor, put the pad on it and fold the fabric around the pad to get your closure/flap where you want it. I put it near the front/bottom where the parent would be standing in front of the table, instead of in the center, because I hoped that might be helpful if there is a terrible mess all over the front/top of it. You know, from a diaper. Then you pin it all around, get the pad out of the way, and run it through the sewing machine. I am not putting a detailed tutorial because I do not have the qualifications. This is mostly so you can see how it turned out.

DIY changing pad cover

The finished product

DIY changing pad cover

This is the other side, with the envelope closure

DIY changing pad cover

You get what I mean, right?

The elephant in the room

DIY crib rail teething guards

Does this make you sleepy?

In other news, I moved the bench from the dining room table to the foyer so we have a place for boot application and removal. I did this last winter too. One of my favorite things about this house is the natural light, enhanced of course by snow. I open all the blinds every day, which Josh finds annoying when he goes around closing them every evening when the house turns into a fishbowl.

Ignore the filthy rug. It’s a high-traffic area.

Cat

Foyer

My next blog post better have a baby in it!

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8 Responses to “Changing Pad Cover!”

  1. fallfromgrace349 February 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    I love the fabric! Nice to see somebody making their own changing mat :-)

  2. stephaniechayrez February 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    Love it! VERY cute fabric. Maybe when we visit you can give me a sewing machine tutorial. And I was going to say, I hope you made several! “Baby’s buttocks,” tee hee!

    • littleapartment February 13, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      yes I will show you how to use it! It is really easy, you only have to learn how to thread it and then it’s just stepping on the pedal. but then I never do really complex projects… I’m glad you like the fabric too. I bought two yards on sale and it was enough for two covers, so they are about $3 each.

      • stephaniechayrez February 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

        That’s a steal! I just didn’t want to say “I love the fabric!” because someone else already did. ;)
        It has always sounded intimidating to me, but I want to learn!

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