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Travel Diaper Changing Pad Pattern


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Travel Diaper Changing Pad Pattern

This is going to be the most popular baby shower gift idea you will ever give. The Travel Diaper Changing Pad Pattern is the perfect gift to give a new mom, especially if she is on the go. This travel sewing pattern for baby is easy to make and easy to clean too! No longer will mom have to search high and low for somewhere to change her little one. This homemade baby shower gift is a diaper changing station you can take along! Let Maureen Wilson walk you through each step. You can also find the video tutorial for this project at the bottom of the page. 


  • 2/3 yd cotton (main)
  • 1/2 yd cotton (pockets)
  • 2/3 yd clear vinyl
  • 1/2 yd batting
  • Hair elastic
  • Large button
  • Double-fold bias tape (optional)

Cutting Measurments:

  • Main Mat: 23 x 12 in. (2)
  • Vinyl: 23 x 12 in. (1)
  • Pocket Backs: 21 x 7 in. (2)
  • Pocket Tops: 15 x 7 (2)


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  1. Start by ironing your fabrics. Cut the pieces to the measurements listed. First we’ll work with the smaller rectangles to create the tops of the pockets. Fold the 15 x 7 in. rectangles in half, wrong sides together. The pattern should be on the outside.
  2. Add decorative bias tape to the folded edge. (Bias tape trim is optional, but it makes your project look polished.) Sew in place.
  3. Now we’ll add the pocket tops to the main pocket pieces. Fold the 21 x 7 pocket pieces in half, right sides together. Press the fold.
  4. Lay the pocket top piece on top of the main pocket piece, lining up the raw edge with the center fold line. Fold the main piece in half again, enclosing the pocket top. Pin the edges.
  5. Sew the sides and bottom with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving the top open. Turn right side out and press. Repeat with the other pocket. Set aside.
  6. Now we can work on the mat. (These pieces should have been cut to 23 x 12 inches.) Lay the batting down first, then place a piece of fabric face-up on top of the batting.
  7. I’m adding a business tag, but you can skip that if you don’t have one. Pin the elastic to the center of one short end. If your elastic has a metal clasp, pin it so the elastic hangs off the edge, we can trim it off later.
  8. Next add the pockets. Measure two inches in from the edge without the elastic, and line up the raw edges of the pocket with the side of the main piece. The pocket should be face-up. Add the second pocket 1 inch away from the first. (Put both pockets on the same side, as they’re designed to hang off the side of the changing table.)
  9. If you’d like, you can curve the top edge of the mat by tracing a plate with chalk and trimming off the corners.
  10. Now pin the vinyl to the top of the other main mat piece (the piece without the elastic & pockets). I suggest pinning this separately, and pinning it very well, because you want the vinyl to be as smooth as possible.
  11. Once this is pinned, lay it face down on top of the other mat piece and batting. Right sides should be together. Pin in place.
  12. Sew with a 5/8 inch seam, leaving the bottom edge (without the elastic) open for turning. When you reach the elastic, backstitch over it for durability.
  13. If you curved the end of your mat, you’ll need to notch the curves before turning right side out. Be careful not to snip your stitches. Trim the metal clasp off the elastic.
  14. Press the outside of the mat, the side without the vinyl. Be careful not to touch the vinyl with your iron.
  15. Fold in the bottom raw edge a 1/2 inch and pin. Topstitch with a 1/8 inch seam, and continue to add a decorative topstitch all the way around your mat. Consider using a contrasting thread for a pop of color.
  16. Finally, we’ll add the button. Fill the pockets, then fold the mat into thirds. Use chalk to mark the center of the elastic, and sew a button there. Pinch the fabric so that you are sewing through the top layer only.
  17. Now you’re ready to grab it and go!

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Can't find a way to edit my prior comment.. The other thing I do is place a layer of warm and natural to give a little more cush for baby to lay on.

I have made over a dozen of these the past three years and everyone that receives them raves about it. I too make it one inch bigger all the way and use the iron on vinyl prior vs the clear vinyl overlay. Add some burp rags, coordinating bibs, small clutch bag.. Makes a great gift set..

Thanks a lot for this great tutorial. Easy and nice!

Made this for a friend and they loved it. I used iron on vinyl instead of a sheet of vinyl and made it a bit bigger than the pattern. Easy to do and looks really good.

This was an easy project! I used my Teflon foot to glide across the vinyl. I do suggest that you choose a color you love!

This is super easy and cute. If I made it again, I would make it a bit wider, say 14 - 16 inches instead of 12. If you have a patterned fabric where the patterns can appear upside down or right side up, be careful when cutting them out

@cubanitatb 2756908 There is not an exact pattern for the video. Simply cut the fabrics to the measurements listed and round out the corners if you desire. If you have a hard time with this, try tracing the edge of a bowl!

where are the patterns!!!

This is brilliant! My daughters both have babies... they need this! Thanks for posting this. I am on it today )

I have made this several times and every Mommy-to-be loved it.


Beautiful! Have to try soon. Thank you.

just asking----is this made for a left-handed mom? i am left handed and i made this last night--super easy and quick! i love it. however....when i was showing it to my husband, it dawned on me...if it works for me---it probably will be darned awkward for a right-handed mom! should those pockets be at the right of the pad?

I am working on one of these right now. My solution to the closure is Velcro since it lays nice and flat. I did have a question about the vinyl...I have both thick and thin vinyl, any suggestions on which to use?

I love this pattern. Clean finished edges & strong pockets. I used cotton on one side and cordura on the other. Use a flat button for closure so baby doesn't feel it through the mat, or I would use a stretch elastic closure 6" long instead of the small loop that would wrap the whole bundle when folded and eliminate the need for a button. Thank you for the video tutorial.

Made this up today... super quick and easy and ohhh so cute!!! I used laminated cotton instead of the vinyl. Warm and natural inside and marked and sewed the button on prior to closing and top stitching. Made it easy to not come through all the layers when hand sewing. I am going to make burp clothes and a small snap shut bag to go along with the pad in coordinating colors and fabric.. Have 4 babies due before May so this is a perfect gift idea!!

This will be a great baby gift to make ahead and have on hand when new babies arrive!

I love this idea! I made one for my cousin who is due this month, and another for a friend. I also added a hanging hand sanitizer holder between the two pockets......This is my new baby gift of choice!


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