With just over a month left until the little monkey is scheduled to make his appearance, I guess it's about time to start sharing all the baby projects that I've been working on. If I play my cards right and can muster up enough energy for the writing and picture editing, there should be enough posts to take us all the way up to the delivery, and maybe even a little beyond. So if you are pregnant, need gift ideas for someone who is, or just like looking at cute baby stuff, be sure to visit often, because we're going to indulge in a little
March "Baby" Madness around here!
Let's start things off with a simple tutorial that any new Mom can appreciate
Changing Pad Covers!
Boy or Girl. . .Breast or Bottle. . .Cloth or Disposable. . .
One thing is guaranteed. A baby means diapers. Lots and LOTS of diapers.
And one thing that comes with diapers is messes. Leaks. Explosions. Sprinklers. Spit up. Your changing pad is going to be getting as little rest as you are in those early weeks, so it's best to be prepared with a handful of extra covers that you can simply toss on your ever growing mountain of laundry. Luckily, these are so easy to make that you could probably complete a whole pile of them in a single afternoon.
a changing pad
a measuring tape
sewing machine or serger
roughly 1⅓ yards of ¼ or ½ inch elastic
1⅓-1½ yards of fabric depending on the size of your changing pad
First you'll need to measure your changing pad.
(It's hard to explain, so look at the picture if you are really confused.)
For the length - On the backside, hold one end of your tape about 5-6 inches from the edge of the pad. Wrap it over and down the front, and around onto the back at the other end 5-6 more inches. (46 inches)
For the width - On the backside, hold one end of your tape about 2-3 inches from the edge of the pad. Wrap it over and across the front, and around onto the back on the other side 2-3 more inches. (30 inches)
Use these 2 measurements to cut your fabric into a rectangle.
I didn't take a picture, but I'm positive you can figure it out. (46x30 for mine)
Next, cut a small square out of each corner of your rectangle.
This is SUPER forgiving, so don't try to over complicate it. The easiest way to figure what size to cut
(ie. the math-free way) is to center your changing pad on the fabric rectangle, mark about an inch or so out from each corner with a pen, and square a line off to either side.
I'll be completely honest and tell you that every one of my corners measures differently. I just laid the pad on the rectangle and started hacking pieces off. They aren't even close to being square, but you can't tell once it's on!
Match edges A and B and stitch them (right sides together).
Repeat for each corner.
If you have a serger it's even easier.
Serger the corners closed, and then go around the raw edge to keep everything neat.
If you don't have a serger, you can either zig-zag the raw edge or fold it under ¼ inch to help prevent fraying.
Attach the elastic.
Set your machine to a zig-zag stitch that is slightly thinner than the width of your elastic. Lay the elastic just inside the edge on the wrong side and lower the needle to hold it in place. Pull the elastic taunt and stitch it to the fabric. You'll need to go a little at a time so you can keep it taunt. Be sure to only stop stitching with the needle in the down position, or you'll pull everything right out from under the presser foot.
Keep going until you are back to the beginning of the elastic.
Overlap the pieces and back tack a few times to keep it secure. Cut off any extra elastic.
If you did it right you should be holding something that looks like an elephant's shower cap!
Try it on your changing pad and admire your handy work. (at least until it gets pooped on ; )
**Safety Note - If you'd still like to be able to use the little safety belt that is attached to most changing pads: put the cover on the pad, mark the location of the straps, and make a button hole over each mark.**
And in case you are wondering what type of fabric to use...
The blue one is a thin brushed knit with a minky feel to it (Hancock clearance),
these frogs are flannel,
and this orange one is terry cloth.
I had this from another project, but you could always just use a wide towel.
**terry cloth note - If you are shopping at Joann's, they carry 2 different terry cloths. The more expensive ($10) one is nice and soft, but the cheaper ($8) one doesn't seem to get soft. Ever! I washed it 4 times, used vinegar, fabric softener (which I never use), and even tried to dry it with tennis balls. NOTHING helped. So if you are buying terry for something that needs to be soft (like baby stuff), I highly suggest using your coupons and getting the better fabric right off the bat. Save yourself the headaches!**
This is what it looks like on the bottom.
Now go ahead and whip up a few to match your nursery,
and be ready for all those little "surprises" that are coming your way.