The past week or so, I've wanted to make a changing pad, but couldn't find a good tutorial for one with a pocket that fit all of my requirements. I wanted it to roll up neatly with the pocket tucked inside, and I wanted it to close with a tie. In the end, I came up with this:
1/2 yard of outside fabric
1/2 yard inside fabric
2 packages (3 yds ea.) of extra wide double fold bias tape for binding and ties
2 packages (14" x 18") Heavy weight double-sided fusible interfacing
Thin quilt batting (I used Warm & Natural)
Extra strong thread (I like Gutermann, but whatever you use, it's going to have to be tough.)
Needle for hand-sewing the binding and finishing the pocket
Rotary cutter and mat
Disappearing Fabric marker and/or dressmaker's pencil (depending on fabric color)
Iron and ironing board
Step One- Cut your inner and outer fabric, batting, and interfacing into 12" x 35 1/2" pieces (your interfacing won't be long enough as a single piece, so cut two of them to fit this size.
Step Two- Lay your batting on the ironing board and then place your interfacing on top of that. On the very top, lay your fabric, right side up... so you've made a "sandwich". Follow the instructions on your interfacing to fuse all pieces together.
Step Three- Place the fused pieces fabric side down (quilt batting on top) and use your ruler and disappearing marker to mark the piece 5.75" from the bottom, then 5.75" from that line, mark again, then 6" from that line, then another 6", and a final 6" from that one. Stitch down each of the lines drawn. Mark the bottom part (5.75") with a pin... this tells you which side will be your pocket.
|Sew along lines (white arrows)|
Step Five- One last time, use your ruler to mark 1" above the very top line. Sew.
Tired of sewing lines? I was! Good news is that's the last "outer fold" line you'll have to sew. Yay!
Step Six- Cut two 12" pieces of bias tape for your ties. Open them up on the ironing board and press each end down 1/2", then fold closed and sew all the way around.
|Open up bias tape and press ends down about 1/2". Fold closed and press again.|
|Sew all the way around to make ties.|
Step Seven- Starting at the bottom (pocket area marked with pin), roll your pad up. With your ruler and dressmaker's pencil or disappearing pen, mark 1" above the edge of the top flap and smack in the middle. This is where you'll put your top tie.
Step Nine- Sew on ties. I put them to the back edge of each mark, leaving room for the binding.
Start pinning bias at the middle of the pocket side (I opened my other pack to use on this step to avoid having to add length). Start sewing a few inches away from where you started pinning it to leave room for connecting bias later. In this step, you will bind all the way around, mitering the square corners and wrapping around the curves. Connect at the end (I did a straight line b/c no matter what I do, I can never do the angle connect right), trim excess bias, and steam seam open.
|Start sewing seam around where the second pin is (I started sewing where my finger was and didn't have enough room, so move down a couple of inches so it's a little easier for you than it was for me).|
|To miter your square corners, sew until you're ALMOST at the edge (but not quite), backtack.|
|Holding pocket in place. You'll want to stitch along the top and bottom inside edges of the binding, going through all layers to secure pocket in place.|