How to Make a Changing Pad

September 10, 2015

Cloth Diapers, DIY, How-to

Here is another post from my friend Ellie over at Babyville Boutique. I’m more of a sewing for dummies kind of girl so I leave the expert sewing advice here on the blog to her. Although I have recently started my first project… a matching pair of espadrilles for Sophia and I. It will probably be Christmas by the time I finish them, just in time for next summer lol …Anyway, here’s Ellie with directions on making an adorable waterproofed back changing pad along with links to matching wipes case cover and wet wipes bag.

Hi Again (from Ellie!)…As you know, there are so many items you need to have on hand when a new baby joins the family. If this is your first baby, you are starting fresh with all of the new baby paraphernalia… diapers, onesies, receiving blankets, wipes, burping clothes and so many more things that this new little person requires.

If you have time before baby arrives and you are handy with the sewing machine, you can easily get a head start on making many items yourself or enlist the help of a handy friend or family member.

At Babyville, we have come up with many easy and money saving projects for the new baby. In our earlier posts here at All About Cloth Diapers we featured making your own cloth diapers, followed by a post for making linings for diaper pails and wet bags.

Now we would like to share with you easy instructions for making changing pads and the all important wipes case.  You may even want to make several, one set for the nursery, one set for the diaper bag, and another set or two to keep at Grandma’s house.

When our new grandson arrived, I made a changing pad for him and our daughter in law said it was the best one she had for keeping moisture from seeping through to the surface below. Of course, I then made her several more!


Isn’t this adorable! You can choose any of the fabrics you like!

To begin you will need the following:


  1. Stitch the appliqué to the top corner of the fleece fabric.
  2. Pin right sides of fabrics together. Stitch around the rectangle with a 3/8” seam allowance, leaving a 3” opening for turning. Trim seam and corners.
  3. Turn to right side. Fold raw edges of opening to inside, pin together and stitch closed.
  4. Topstitch around the outer edges, ¼” from the edge.

Our coordinating wipes case was made following the tutorial on the Babyville Boutique website and using the matching fabric in our changing pad and diaper pail lining, our new Forest Friends print. Click here to go to the directions for the wipes case. 

While visiting the Babyville website, you might also like this other changing pad and wipes case (from the cover photo) made from the adorable Chirping Bird print.

No matter what fabrics you choose, you are sure to be proud of your one-of-a-kind baby projects, almost as special as the new little bundle of joy that has joined your family. So what do you think? Easy enough right?

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About Jennifer Reinhardt

Jenn is a WAHM to two beautiful little girls. Sophia (4.5 years old) and Norah (4 months). She closed her business, Curves, when she found out she was pregnant so she could stay home with her first daughter. Now Jenn spends her time spreading the love of fluff and sharing common sense answers that help to make cloth diapers easy for everyone.

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