Someday our child will be embarrassed to use or wear anything that I’ve made by hand. Brand names and styles will matter, and hand-sewn will seem backwoods country instead of urban homesteader-chic.
Until that day comes, I will embrace DIY! I will buy used. I will repaint and repurpose. I will accept hand-me-downs graciously, and I will enjoy the creative process of making things by hand.
Tonight’s Project: A DIY changing pad cover.
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Pattern: None Used
Cost: Materials Donated (free!)
One of my oldest friends offered us an extra changing pad for our changing table, and my mom gave us the leftover fabric from the precious baby quilt she made for our little monster.
Between the three donations (changing pad cover and two pieces of fabric), I think we’ve managed to save somewhere around $65.00 so far, and I still have enough fabric left to make throw pillows or stuffed animals.
Fabric #1 is soft flannel with a pretty baby pattern on it, and Fabric #2 is a sage polka dot fleece that’s going to end up being almost identical to this Carter’s changing pad cover ($17.99 retail value).
Even without a pattern, the first changing pad cover was an easy project. I used this DIY fitted crib sheet pattern from “The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking” as a general model.
DIY Changing Pad Cover in 7.5 Steps:
1. Cut a large enough rectangle of fabric to cover the changing pad and to wrap around each side by a few inches.
3. Sew a wide seam into each of the four main edges of fabric (top, bottom, left side, right side).
4. Poke a safety pin through a long piece of 1/8″ elastic, running it through the first seam. (The safety pin is simply to help you grip the elastic as you run it through the seam. You’ll remove the safety pin at the end of step 5.)
5. Once the elastic is drawn through the fabric and as tight as you’d like it to be (think fitted bed sheet), sew the elastic firmly into the seam at each of the two ends. Remove the safety pin and trim any extra elastic. (See third photo, below, left)
7. Turn fabric inside-out and sew each of the four corners together.
(This is as straightforward as it sounds; just sew a straight seam connecting the two raw edges where you cut your fabric out in step 2.)
There are probably patterns out there that would create a more tailored finished product along those curved edges (the upward curves that prevent the baby from rolling off the changing table) of the pad than my makeshift pattern did, but I was going for fast, durable, and functional — not for perfectly tailored. Besides, using a pattern takes all the fun out of it, don’t you think?
I love how this first project turned out, and I’m looking forward to putting together the second one later this week!
Did you do any DIY projects in your baby’s nursery? Leave a comment!
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