It’s a baby boom in the Lil Blue Boo family. I have two brand new nieces…..one is only a week old. And of course there’s the recent announcement Boo helped me make. I love round diaper changing pads and wanted to make a few for gifts. I’d been stocking up on these pretty vinyl tablecloths from Marshall’s and TJ Maxx because they were all under $5. I had a few projects in mind for them and this was one of them.
A diaper changer pad in action:
I love the variety of color and how easy they are to make. The most tedious part is making the bias tape……but you could always use store bought trim and you could whip one of these out in 30 minutes.
The pockets hold diapers, a change of clothes and a small pack of wipes:
Everything rolls up nice and neat into a roll that can be thrown into a purse or bag:
I made a miniature version for Boo’s Apple Tree House doll so that she can play “mommy” and practice some diaper changing:
Doll diapers and a doll dress (by our favorite doll clothier Melamoose):
I created this template for 2 different sizes of the diaper changer and a doll size that should save you some time:
Use the template download to create a full circular pattern onto brown paper or newspaper (the template is one quarter of the circle). Cut out three circle pieces from your vinyl tablecloth: front, back and pocket pieces. The pocket piece has the cutout in the center.
Once your pieces are cut out, you’ll start with the pocket piece:
Step 1: Start by sewing bias trim around the cutout circle on the pocket piece.
Step 2: As you sew all the way around and reach where you started the trim, carefully fold the raw ends under to finish.
Step 3: Layer your back piece and front piece on top of each other with the flannel/wrong sides together and lay the pocket piece on top.
Step 4: Pin all three layers together to secure them in place.
Step 5: Carefully sew bias trim around the outside of the changer making sure to sew through all three layers.
Step 6: The diaper changer with all the trim added.
Step 7: Fold the changer in half and measure 4.5″ from the center fold.
Step 8: Mark the 4.5″ all the way across the changer using masking or painter’s tape. Repeat for the opposite side.
Step 9: Sew all the way across the changer using the tape as your guides.
Step 10: Your changer should now have two stitched lines as shown by the arrows. These lines will assist in folding the changer and creates the actual pockets.
Step 11: Stitch about a 20″ length of bias tape closed that will be as a tie to close the changer when rolled up.
Step 12: Fold in both sides of the changer and mark the center as shown in the photo. Remove a few stitches at this point using a seam ripper.
Step 13: Fold your tie in half, with one side about 6″ longer than the other and insert down into the trim where the stitches were removed.
Step 14: Sew the trim closed to secure the tie in place.
Step 15: The finished tie.
Step 16: The finished diaper changer!
Alternative button/elastic closure
Step 1: I made a fabric button and used some colored elastic for the closure for Boo’s doll changer since she isn’t able to tie a bow yet.
Step 2: I sewed the elastic ends down into the bias tape trim.
Step 3: Added the fabric button.
Step 4: Easy closure!
A perfect baby shower gift or DIY diaper pad changer. Make a masculine one for daddy!