Because we decided to put the dresser/bookshelf combo into the nursery (for extra storage and shelf space) and put the actual changing table/dresser combo in the master bedroom (so I would have a dresser), we needed a changing table pad that would fit in a smaller space and be thinner than the gigantic, curved changing pads they sell these days.
So I decided to make my own. I was inspired by this site, but since there weren’t many pictures and I could make no sense of what the woman was saying, I kind of decided to do my own thing.
First, I needed to get my supplies:
- Foam, to use as the changing pad
- Waterproof fabric, to make the changing pad functional, as opposed to a big sponge.
- Cute, fun fabric, for interchangeable, washable covers
- Velcro and Stitch Witchery, to bind the fabric together
- A yardstick, scissors, and pencil
- Safety goggles?
At the ONLY fabric store in town, the foam was ridiculously expensive and was way huge. I would have paid maybe $20 just for the foam, and since I wanted to make a custom changing pad that was actually cheaper than the ones sold in stores, that was out. So I bought two 14″ square cushions that were hypo-allergenic and mildew resistant (sounds good, considering its purpose!). I hand-stitched them together, stitching the top, gluing the middle, and stitching the bottom, so that the two pieces were attached on every side. If I had just stitched the two together in one go, the middle, I assumed, would have slumped.
For the waterproof cover, I got half a yard of Diaper PUL Fabric. Don’t ask me what the letters stand for, because I have no idea. I just know that it is used in cloth diaper covers.
Unfortunately, the fabric was not long enough…
…so I had to cut down the cushion by about an inch (or two, to allow for some overlap in the fabric).
Then I just wrapped the cushion as if I were wrapping a present. But instead of tape, I used Velcro to secure.
Next, it was time to make the covers for the changing pad. I found basically the cutest fabrics EVER.
Sadly, I do not have a sewing machine. And while the Stitch Witchery (that adhesive tape-like stuff you iron on to fuse fabrics together) did work fairly well, I decided to wait until my sewing machine came in before I finished sewing those.
Here is a glimpse at the finished product!!!
Update: It is now five months later and I still haven’t sewn up the changing pad covers. I have just been doing so many other projects! But if you know how to make a pillow case, you know how to make a changing pad cover. Turn inside out, choose which side you want to be the open one (I chose a short side), hem that, and then sew the other three sides shut. You could add velcro, but I just fold the open side under the changing pad. Then when it gets soiled, I can fling the changing pad out of the cover with one arm and don’t have to hassle with trying to unbutton or un-velcro it while holding a baby in one arm.