August 20, 2010
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A few months ago I made a diaper bag for my daughter-in-law. I included a fold-up diaper changing pad.
My DIL likes fabrics that wouldn't normally go together, so that is what I gave her. I padded the fabric
with fusible fleece and covered it with vinyl. The shell for the pad is denim. Here is a picture of my
one-of-a-kind diaper changing pad.
Turning the bag right side out was not easy. The vinyl covering the lining fabric stuck to itself so
it was a bit like untangling a roll of tape. I wasn't going to go through that AGAIN. Nevertheless, when
I saw coordinating purple fabrics that I knew my other daughter-in-law would love, I couldn't help but
buy the fabric. Here is the second pad. I made the flap a little longer so that it wraps around more for
closing the pad.
This changing pad is used at home as well as for travel. I decided to make another pad that can remain
at home. Since I promised more blogs about projects for babies, I added embroidery to this pad. The fabric
for the inside has stripes in nine colors. I used the Stripes Vertical set of Fancy Jumbles to arrange "time
for a change" and then matched the threads to the colors in the fabric. Here are pictures of the pad closed
and partially open.
I really like the way the pad came out. (I am thinking of keeping it as a sample, so made another pad
that I can actually give away. Has that ever happened to you?) I used a lighter color of denim for this
fourth pad, so that some of the steps would be easier to photograph. I used a variety of Fancy Jumbles fill
patterns this time. I also finished the flap a different way. You can see that the corners of the flap
are tapered rather than mitered. The partially open pad above shows the mitered corners.
Both constructions are included in the instructions. You will also find instructions for adding
embroidery to the flap. Click here to download the instructions. If there are no babies in your life
right now, you can make a portable pressing pad instead. Just substitute silicon fabric and heavy cotton
batting for the fleece, cotton and vinyl. If you come up with other uses for my instructions please share
them with us.