I’m trying make as much of the items for my daughters nursery as possible. So this weekend I delved into the world of Changing Pad Covers. There’s something so nice about a warm and soft minky against the skin rather than a cold plastic-y changing pad isn’t there? (At least I would guess there was. Not being a baby I couldn’t tell you for sure.)
- Approximately 1 1/4 yards of minky (The amount will depend on your changing pad size)
- Coordinating thread
- 1 package 1/4″ wide elastic.
- Changing Pad
- Sewing kit (scissors, pins, measuring tape, etc.)
- Large paper for tracing
Note: Sew all seams with 1/2″ seam allowance unless stated otherwise.
Stand your changing pad up on one contoured end and trace it onto the paper (I used construction paper). Add 1/2″ to each of the sides and top for the seam allowance. Also add 3″ to the bottom.
Now measure for the main body of the cover.
The first measurement is the length of the pad. Add 1″ for seam allowances to that measurement. My pad was 31″ long so I made that measurement 32″. (See image below.)
Next measure the width of the pad. Begin at the back bottom of the pad up one side, follow the angle of the contour, across the middle, up the front contour, and down the front side (See image below). Make sure to follow this very closely, and use some little pieces of tape to hold everything in place if you need to.
Once you’ve taken that measurement and 6 inches to it. My contour measurement was 26″+6″= 32″.
- (1) main body piece using the measurements from Step 3
- (2) contoured end pieces using your pattern from Step 1.
Arrange the end piece so that a short edge is aligned with the side of the main body piece that will be the contoured edge of your cover (a.k.a. Short Side). Make sure that the points of your end piece are facing to the center and that you have right sides of the fabric facing each other. Pin the short edge in place. (See image below.)
You now have the basic shape of your cover. Before going on check the fit and make any adjustments as needed. For the elastic casing fold under the edges of your cover (wrong sides together) by 1″ and pin in place the entire way around. Sew this in place using a straight stitch about 1/8″ to 1/4″ away from he raw edge leaving a 1-2″ opening for inserting the elastic. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitching.
Secure one end of the elastic with a safety pin and push the elastic through the casing. Now place the cover on the changing pad and adjust the elastic until it is to your liking, securing in place with the safety pin.
Retaining the elastic length you need, remove the safety pin, overlap the elastic by 1″ and sew together. Trim off excess elastic.
Sew the opening in the casing closed, overlapping your new stitches with the old by about 1/2″ and making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.
Your casing should look like this:
And VOILA! You have a Easy Contoured Changing Pad Cover!!! 🙂