Monday, May 24, 2010

Changing Pad Tutorial

Every Monday I will post something related to babies: inspiration, craft projects, baby news, and discoveries I have made in this new and exciting world for me. I hope you come along on that rollercoaster ride with me.

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On Thursday I already showed you the wonderful changing pad and I promised you a tutorial. So here it is.

All you need is:
• a standard-sized towel
• fabric in the same size
• scissors
• sewing machine
• electric iron
• matching thread

First wash the towel and the fabric. Iron the fabric to get rid of any crinkles.

Cut thick hem of the longer sides and one of the shorter sides of the towel.

Pin towel onto fabric, so that both right sides face each other. Cut spare fabric off.

Sew towel onto fabric on both long sides and the short side, of which you cut off the hem. Leave other short side open. If you put the fabric on the bottom and the towel on top, it doesn’t get caught as easily in the transporter of the sewing machine.

Turn pad inside out through the open short side.
Iron in fabric side so that towel and fabric are flattened.
Pin towel to fabric with right sides facing outwards to make sure that the edges are exactly above each other.
Iron seam allowance of the towel and the fabric on the open short side inwards, then pin together.
Sew along all four sides of the changing pad, again with the fabric side on bottom.
Voila! Your changing pad is ready.

Since the towel is beautifully soft, you won’t need any batting. Thus the pad is really light, easy to wash, dries quickly and will feel great on baby’s skin.

Since both the towel and the fabric is 100% cotton it will be very kind to your baby’s sensitive skin and shrink evenly in the washing machine.

Isn’t it simple & clever, fast & fabulous, practical & well-priced, beautiful & baby-friendly? I really should have made a couple of them: one for the nappy bag, one for the washing machine, one for me, one for my friend, one to keep in the pram, one to keep in the car...

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