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Changing Pad with Diaper Caddy

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.

A changing pad with diaper caddy makes sure every baby has the bare necessities when away from home.

With an attached pouch for diapers, this soft changing pad carries its own refills. Add your favorite embroidery, and it's truly one-of-a-kind.

Read on for project instructions!


Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.

Supplies Needed:

**1/2 yard terrycloth (for front)

**1/2 yard PUL (polyester/polyurethane laminated) fabric (for back)

**1/2 yard sturdy cotton fabric (for caddy pouch -- I used lightweight canvas)

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Water soluble stabilizer (for topping -- I prefer Sulky Solvy or Sulky Super Solvy)


**Temporary spray adhesive


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Air-erase pen

**Extra wide double fold bias tape

**Sew-on Velcro
 


Designs Used:

For this tutorial I used designs from the small size of the Lively Sea Life Design Pack. Visit the Children and Nursery department for many more designs just right for baby items.

Finished Size:
Open laying flat: 27" wide by 24 1/2" high
Folded: 8 1/2" wide by 16 1/2" high by 2 1/2" deep



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

To begin, cut a piece of terry cloth to 18" wide by 26" high.  This will be the embroidered front of the pad.

Positioning the designs is up to you and your preference. I decided to place a design in each corner. To get the right placement, I've made templates of the designs. If you're new to working with templates, click here for a tutorial.


I placed the designs in the corners of the fabric with about 2" in between the outer edges of the designs and the edges of the fabric. Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, poke a hole in the center of the templates and mark the fabric.  Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks. Where the marks intersect is the center point of the design. These marks help when hooping, to make sure the fabric is straight.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Lay a piece of water soluble stabilizer on top of the fabric. This topping helps to prevent the stitches from sinking into the fabric.

Hoop all three layers together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric. Attach the hoop to the machine and load the first design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design. 


Repeat the hooping and embroidering process for each design. When all the designs have finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery. Also, gently tear away the topping. If any small bit remain you can use a tweezers to remove them. Or, wet your finger tips with water and brush the bits away.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

Next, measure and mark the center of the right edge by measuring and dividing by two.  Then, measure and mark up and down 5 1/4" from the mark you just made. The area between the two marks will be left open later on so that the diaper caddy pouch can be inserted into the pad.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 


To prepare the back of the pad (which becomes the outer cover when folded up) cut a piece of the PUL fabric to 26" wide by 18" high. Lay the fabric flat with the soft side facing up (rubber side down). Create a paper template of the design and position it on the right side of the fabric with the outer right edge of the design about 3" from the right edge of the fabric. Also, center the design from top to bottom by measuring equal distances in between the center point on the template and the top and bottom edges of the design. I added pieces of masking tape under the template and marked the tape with an ink pen as an air-erase pen might stain the PUL fabric. 
 



Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, attach the hoop to the machine, and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over center point on the tape and remove the tape. Embroider the design. When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 


Next, lay the PUL fabric flat with the embroidered side facing up.  Align the embroidered terry cloth top piece on top of the PUL fabric with the wrong side facing up and the top edge of the top piece aligned with the right short side of the back piece. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the outer edges of the fabric leaving the area between the two marks on the side edge of the terry cloth open. Clip the seam allowances at the corners and turn the pad right side out. Press the seams with an iron (press on the terry cloth side). Also, turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and press. 



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

To prepare the top portion of the pouch, cut two pieces of sturdy cotton fabric (I used lightweight canvas) to 10 1/2" wide by 12" high. Align the pieces together, wrong sides together, and pin in place. Wrap a piece of bias tape around one of the short ends and pin in place. Sew a seam along the inner edge of the tape and also sew a 1/4" seam along the remaining three sides of the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

For the bottom portion of the pouch, cut two pieces of fabric to 10 1/2" wide by 13 1/2" high.  Lay one of the pieces flat with the right side facing up. Align the top pouch portion on top of the fabric with the raw short ends aligned. Align the remaining bottom fabric piece on top of the bottom portion, wrong side facing up, pin in place, and sew a 1/2" seam along the long edges and the short end opposite to the bias tape end of the top portion.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

Turn the pouch right side out and then insert the raw short end inside the opening of the pad.  Pin in place and top stitch a 1/4" seam along the entire outer edge of the pad.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

To add the Velcro closures, cut two pieces of the loop side (soft side) to one inch long. Place the pieces at the upper corners of the pad about one inch in from the top and side edges.  Pin in place and sew a seam along the edges of the Velcro to secure it in place.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

Flip the pad over and cut two pieces of the hook side (rough side) to 2" long. Place the pieces in the upper corners (the corners opposite to the first Velcro pieces) about 4" down from the upper edges of the pad and about one inch from the sides. And the changing pad is complete!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

Tuck the diapers into the pouch.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

Fold the pouch over onto the pad.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered changing pad with diaper caddy.
 

Fold the right side of the pad over the pouch and then the left side fastening the Velcro tabs together. 

And away you go! A handy carrying case and changing pad - embellished with your very own special touch.

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Products used in this Project:

A Lively Sea Life Design Pack $13.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.00" x 6.58" | 3.90" x 3.90"

A Noah's Ark Design Pack $16.97 - $20.97

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.89" x 9.37" | 4.93" x 6.87" | 3.87" x 3.87"

A Wild for Sports Design Pack $10.97

Available in 2 Sizes:

4.83" x 6.79" | 3.86" x 3.86"