Waterproof Change Mat Sewing Tutorial

Those cold plastic change pads seem really awful to me.  It’s bad enough to a tiny baby that you’re going to take their clothes off and clean them up with cold wet wipes, who wants to lay on cold plastic too?  Never mind the fact that IF your little one pees during the whole changing process they end up laying in a puddle of pee.  Then again I really don’t want that pee to seep through a fabric change pad and end up on the floor so here’s a change pad that has a waterproof layer, can be made with cute fabric, and is soft for baby to lay on!

I also made myself a little diaper clutch.  Maybe a tutorial for that will follow up at a later date!

Waterproof Change Mat
Supplies:
1/2 yard PUL fabric
1/2 yard cute cotton print
1/2 yard cotton toweling (terry cloth)
Thread
2 inch piece of 1 inch wide velcro
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutter and Mat or Scissors

Cut one 25×17 inch piece out of all three fabrics.
Cut one 6×2 1/4 inch piece of the cotton print.  Set aside.

Lay the three cut pieces on top of each other in this order:
PUL
Cotton Print (right side up)
Cotton Toweling
 
 

Pin around all four edges and stitch around all edges leaving a 4-5 inch opening.

 Turn fabric through the opening, making sure the cotton print and PUL layers are on one side as pictured above.  You want to make sure when it’s turned that you don’t see the PUL, only the cotton toweling and cotton print.

Use a point turner to get all four corners nice and smooth.  Carefully iron all around then top stitch through all layers and all the way around the mat.

If you want to add the velcro strap so you can roll it up, now is the time!  Take your 6×2 1/4 inch piece of fabric.  Fold in half right sides together and press.  Stitch around one short edge and one long edge.  Flip right side out and press.  Fold unfinished edge over and press.

Stitch one side of the velcro to one end of the strap. 

Measure about 4 inches from one short end of the mat and stitch the opposite end of the velcro strap in place.

Measure down 5 inches from the attached end of the strap and stitch the other piece of velcro in place.

To roll up your mat, fold it in half and roll from bottom to top sticking the velcro pieces together.
 

And you’re done!  The whole thing can be thrown in the wash machine and dryer if your little one makes a mess of it.

4 thoughts on “Waterproof Change Mat Sewing Tutorial

  1. gisele

    Such a good idea! I even have some leftover PUL from a diaper bag project long ago…
    I think one could use 2 or 3 of these to have one clean and one in the laundry.

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  2. J

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve looked at lots of other tutorials but they were either not waterproof at all or they were waterproof on the baby-side.

    Do you think fleece would work well instead of terrycloth?

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  3. Patti

    To save money, I bought some thicker white towels from Dollar General for three dollars! It is thicker than the terry cloth at the cloth store and cheaper. I also bought glue called “Ok to wash” and filled the holes made from sewing on the PUL fabric and let it cure over night before turning the changing pad to the right side. (No leaking!) I don’t think fleece will work very well because it is not cotton and won’t breathe or absorb wetness. Also, I try to keep 100 cotton for the baby’s skin, with the PUL in the middle. I also made a “tie” (a long piece of fabric sewed and turned inside out) and sewed it to the inside of the changing pad. When I turned it right side, I tie it, making one end shorter than the other (one side wraps around the piece when rolled up). Velcro can damage other items in the wash so I try to stay away from it.

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