I’ll just say right away that I’m not a sewer by any means but I do own a sewing machine and know some of the basics. So you can trust me when I say that this change pad cover tutorial is so easy! As long as you can sew a straight line, you’ll be golden.
I decided to make my own cover because I was having a hard time finding a pattern that I liked around town. So, I picked up a metre and a half of this funky arrow patterned fabric from Fabricville for about $8.
To start, you’ll need to lay out your fabric and cut a 48 x 32 inch piece. I had a very fuzzy helper for this part.
Next you’ll fold the fabric in half length-wise.
And again width-wise.
Find the corner with all the end pieces and measure an 8 inch x 8 inch square to be cut out.
Once unfolded, it should look like this:
Now you’re going to sew these ends together.
At this point I would make sure that the cover is going to fit the change pad before you go any further. Mine fit perfectly.
Now you’re now going to need elastic. Three yards is more than enough for this part.
Since the cover is going to be washed frequently, I sewed a zigzag stitch around the end of the cover to prevent fraying down the road.
I then folded the zigzag stitch over and sewed a straight line.
To insert the elastic, I simply folded the fabric over the elastic about an inch and started sewing making sure not to sew the elastic into the fabric. You could also sew the opening for the elastic and insert it later but this was much easier and quicker.
I left openings for both ends of the elastic and then pulled it tight once I was done sewing.
Lastly, tie a knot, cut off the excess elastic, and tuck it under the fabric.
And that’s it! A unique change pad cover for under $10.