Fancy Jumbles Diaper Changing Pad

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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.

R diaper pad open

     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.

S diaper pad open

     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.

changing pad closed

dcp 36 light

     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.

changing pad 2 closed

     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.

Comments (11) -

ceciliahelen 8/21/2010 9:16:23 AM


To turn anything with vinyl on it sprinkle first with a bit

of baby powder or talc.....makes it nice and slippery.

Also you can put a bit on your machine bed when sewing to help the vinyl feed properly.  Just a wee bit will do.

WOW - they are adorable!  Bet your DILs just LOVE you to pieces!!  Thanks for the instructions & tips!! I can't wait to get started!! ~k

Great idea and excellent tips.


CeciliaHelen, kcdc989 and Pat,

Thank you for the kind thoughts.  I think my DILs were pleased with the changing pads and other things I have sent.  It's fun to have these new kinds of projects to sew.


The baby powder would have come in handy for turning the diaper bag right side out.  I'll remember that if I ever make another bag.  I didn't have any trouble with seams because I have a Teflon foot.

There wasn't a need to have a vinyl layer toward the feed dogs.  I either had the vinyl facing up (for sewing it to the fabric, or the vinyl layers facing each other (for the seams in the pad).  For sewing into the shell, the vinyl was again facing up.


How great those are. I made quite a few for my grandbabies also. I made a few for the daddies. Made them more "macho" haha.

Instead of using vinyl, I used the flannel covered rubber. I embroidered whatever design I wanted, backed it with a regular flannel and I either used binding or just pinked the edges. If I thought of it, I would have taken photos.

cover the plastic with a sheet of tissue paper, it will tear completely away at the seam line. Or there is Iron on vinyl, that can be applied after the fabric is turned. Or it can be constructed like a big place mat and completed with bias tape around the edges. I have made changing pads this way for quite some time.

There is also a new product on the market, PLU, it feels nice and is wet proof. It is available on line as well at your local Jo-Ann fabrics.

Waterproof fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics is called PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric).

cme, sewjanis and keuschel,

Thank you for the suggestions.  I have heard of PUL fabric but haven't used it.  Does it come in any colors or is it a neutral color?

We had some pads made with the flannel covered rubber when our children were small.  They would be good all on their own for a diaper changing surface.

I had no trouble sewing the vinyl covered fabric in the pad.  Bindings look good, too, but I find the wrap around shell a little quicker to finish.

Thank you for sharing your ideas.  It gives all the readers more choices.


Carol, I can't find your jumble fonts anywhere. Are they still for sale? Thank you

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