Baby Changing Pad Tutorial

Free changing pad pattern. Easy sewing project - Rae Gun Ramblings

I searched everywhere for a basic changing pad. I didn’t want a changing station. I didn’t want a cute tote that folded up with pockets. I just wanted something I could shove into my bag and change my baby on. Funny enough I didn’t find anything that fit the bill. So I decided to quit being so lazy and just make one.

How to make your own washable changing pad - Rae Gun Ramblings

And I’m a bit in love and so is my husband because it’s crazy useful. I love that it’s slightly padded. I love that it is washable. I love that it’s JUST a changing pad so it’s not bulky. And I love that it is easy to to throw in any bag or use anywhere. Not only is it exactly what we needed but it was insanely easy to make.

Baby Changing Pad Tutorial

DIY changing pad without all the bulk that's also washable - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Back Fabric (I used a laminate but it would work with any fabric since the other fabric should prevent minor leaks) 28 X 20 inches
  • Thin terry cloth 28 X 20 inches
  • 2 layers Rip Stop 28 X 20 inches

The fabric measurements aren’t strict so if your fabric works better for a different size or if you’d love a different size you can easily adjust it. You just want all 4 layers to be the same size.

How to make a quick washable baby changing pad free pattern at Rae Gun Ramblings

What to Do

  1. Layer fabric with both pieces of Rip stop on the bottom, then your back fabric face DOWN, then your terry cloth fabric.
  2. Curve the corners by using a round edge object and tracing with a fabric marker and trimming.
  3. Starting in the middle of one straight edge sew around all edges leaving a 4 inch opening.
  4. Flip the changing pad right side out so that the rip stop is showing and the back fabric is showing on the other side with the terry cloth sandwiched in between.
  5. With a medium iron on the rip stop side press the edges (make sure to test so you don’t scorch your fabric).
  6. Top stitch around 1/4 of an inch closing up the hole.

DIY washable baby changing pad. Free pattern at Rae Gun Ramblings

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  1. Awesome!! I always preferred the simpler solutions when Liv was a baby. No frills, no fuss, just get the job done. :) I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:

  2. Barbara says:

    Okay, I hate to admit that I don’t know what Rip Stop is but what is it? lol

    • no worries at all it’s not that common. It’s a kind of fabric like the stuff they use for tents and sleeping bags. It’s water resistant. Just ask them at the fabric store I know they carry it at Joann’s.

  3. What a cute baby! And such a good idea! I made pne with terry cloth on one side and pul laminate (? Or whatever cloth diaper covers are made of) and it’s so good I should make another. Totally going to check out that ripstop nylon.

    • G Cianci says:

      Just keep in mind that PUL is completely water proof whereas rip stop is only water resistant. This will make a difference if baby actually has a big pee while lying there (let’s just say i was very thankful for the layer of PUL i sewed inside my change pad while at a friend’s house last month! )

      • Good point. I’ve had quite a bit of water on the rip stop and it’s pretty slow to seep through plus the terry cloth layer. I keep going back and forth to whether I like it since it won’t spill over as bad or if I’d rather it be actually water proof. But it’s nice to keep the PUL in mind for the option!

  4. Hi Marissa!

    This looks beautiful! I would love to make one as I’m expecting a little one myself.

    I’m having some trouble translating though… Could you maybe explain
    in more detail which fabrics you used?
    The laminated fabric is the one with the mermaids on it, right?
    Which fabric is the terry cloth? I tried to translate it, but the translation I looked up looks like none of the fabrics on the picture… Is this whats inside when finished?

  5. HI great tutorial! Where did you find that Adorable Material or who is.the designer

  6. Courtney Fuller says:

    I love the mermaids! Could you please tell me where you got it?

  7. Mariette Forget says:

    Hi and thanks a lot! 😎🌸

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