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Travel Diaper Changing Pad Pattern

Travel Diaper Changing Pad Pattern
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. 

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • 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)

- 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)

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)

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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This is a super idea. Its a long time since Ive had babies to care for, but I do remember finding a place to change nappies on an outing wasnt always the easiest thing to do. And even those public facilities provided at shopping centres are not always as hygienic as they could be. This change mat, with its pockets to contain nappies and baby wipes would be a great gift for a new Mum. Top marks for providing written instructions as well as the video.


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