DIY Contoured Changing Pad Cover – A Tutorial

Hey guys! As you may know, I’m 9 months pregnant and still in design phase mode for our nursery. My husband and I bought a house and will be moving a few hours away from where we currently live in an apartment. Our place now has no room for a nursery, but that’s ok since we are planning on having baby sleep in a bassinet attached to our bed for the first few months anyway. So, I’m still dreaming up the perfect nursery for when we move.

At our baby shower, we received a nice changing pad – the kind that is contoured and made to fit on top of a changing table. I didn’t register for a cover at the time since I had no idea what colors or designs would work with our future nursery. Plus, I enjoy making things, and sewing for baby was a must. I decided to start with a basic project – making a cover for the changing pad.

Supplies needed:

  1. Changing pad
  2. Measuring tape
  3. Paper to make a pattern piece on
  4. Marker
  5. Fabric sheers (or bonus if you have a rotary cutter, straight edge, and cutting mat)
  6. Fabric – (1 yard – but this depends on your changing pad size) I used Modern Jersey from Spoonflower in one of my original designs, which you can find here: https://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/5819181-mudcloth-3-inverted-by-kelly_korver
  7. Sewing machine with needle for knit fabrics
  8. Thread
  9. Pins
  10. Elastic – I used 1/2 inch braided elastic, but any kind would work

First, measure your changing pad length and width. Length is the longest part, just along the top (since we will be adding contoured side pieces) and width is from one sides bottom edge, all along the middle to the other side’s bottom edge.

For the length, add seam allowances on both sides. I added 1/2 inch seam allowances – mine was 31 inches + 1 inch = 32 inches. For width, add 3 inches on each side for the cover to fit around the pad. Mine measured 26 inches + 6 inches = 32 inches.  This final measurement (32 in. x 32 in.) will be what you need to cut out.

I didn’t make a pattern piece on paper for this large square because it was so big and a simple shape that isn’t hard to cut out.

Next, I held the changing pad on its side and traced out the curvy edge exactly onto paper. To this, I added 1/2 seam allowances on the top and sides and 3 inches to the bottom. Then, I cut out the pattern piece to make it easy to trace onto the fabric. You will need to cut 2 of these from your fabric.

If you have directional fabric like me, make sure to turn the pattern piece the opposite way when cutting out the second piece.

Now it’s time to sew. Set your machine up with a needle made for knit fabrics and choose a stitch that will stretch when you pull on it. I used #3.

Start by lining up your pieces, good sides together. (You could pin this part, but I like to avoid pinning when I can.)

Below are a few diagrams of the whole process that hopefully help make it more clear. Keep reading below diagrams for instructions, but refer back to them as you go.

 

Start at the corner and sew until you get 1/2 inch before the curve starts.

Stop you needle here, but keep it down in the fabric. Lift the foot and turn the top piece of fabric to keep the edge lined up with the bottom piece.

Here is mid-turn.

And then lower the foot and keep sewing. Once you get to the other curve, do the same thing.

Your two pieces should now look like this. Repeat for the other side.

Now, lay your sewn pieces on top of your pad. They should fit the top well and hang down on the bottom.

Flip the pad over and start at one corner. Grab the fabric and pull it up. Place a pin right where the pad ends. Then, fold the corner over itself and pin again.

Here is what your corner will look line. The pins are where a seam will be. Pin all your corners, carefully remove the cover from the pad, and sew each corner from pin to pin at 45 degrees. I flipped one corner at a time, right sides of fabric together, and repinned before sewing. I just realized I could have put the cover onto the pad with the good side of the fabric down instead of up, which would have made this part so much faster.

After sewing each corner, cut off the excess, leaving about 1/2 inch of fabric. Since this is knit fabric, it will not fray, so you don’t have to finish it.

Here are all 4 corners sewn and trimmed.

The last part is to put elastic around the bottom edge. You could do this a number of ways, but I decided to put it around the entire bottom, like a fitted sheet. I used elastic that I had already, but feel free to use a different kind if you already have some, too.

To sew the elastic, I used a zigzag stitch and made it as wide as I could.

I started on one of the long sides of the cover. Place the good side of the fabric to the sewing table, the elastic as far in as it’s wide – about 1/2 in, and fold over the excess to conceal the elastic.

As you stitch, stretch the elastic slightly for the sides and stretch it as much as you can for the corners.

Once you get back to where you started, you are done!

Here is my finished cover from the bottom.

And here it is from the top!

I ended up making a second cover, too.

And matching pillowcases for the nursery! (I used the same fabric design in Minky for these.)

 

I can’t wait to see these changing covers on the changing pad on our actual changing table, which is at our new house. The setup we have now is temporary. If you missed it, I already re-finished our hand-me-down changing table and wrote all about it in a previous post. Really, I just can’t wait to have an actual nursery and space just for baby.

Let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial. I’d love to see the covers you make!

Day 14 – 19 of Home Renovations

Welcome back to our home renovation story. If you’ve been following along, you may have thought it would be a while until I posted more about our progress, but surprise! These next few days of work at our house were unplanned and came about because Brian was out of town for work. He was able to travel to the cities for meetings, and because I was still about a month away from my due date I decided to meet up with him and get more done on our house.

The first night we arrived, on day 14 of renovations, we were pleasantly surprised by all of our perennial landscaping filling in. Look at all of the flowers and colors! When we purchased this house, none of this was visible, so it was a nice surprise and smelled wonderful.

Also, in the time we had been away, we hired a dry-waller and had all of the walls that we previously tore apart filled in. It was nice to come back to progress.

That night, the kitchen island got all of its handles, which we matched with the handles in the rest of the kitchen.

I really wanted to get one room completely done (painted) this time, and since the nursery window needed replacing, the master bedroom was where we were sleeping, and the bathrooms and entire downstairs wasn’t even in the running, the upstairs craft room seemed like a good place to start.

So, the next morning, the craft room got prepped for painting. The closet was the worst in terms of imperfections in the wall, like big dents and scratches. It also looked like some kind of shelving was removed at some point, but big holes were left, so they were filled and sanded.

If you are still counting, this is day 15 of renovations. The trim in the craft room was primed, and the changing table got a makeover, which I tell you all about in a separate post. Also, the last kitchen cabinet door was finished – we had forgotten about it in our garage this whole time. Before we figured out we could use Zinsser primer over finished wood, we tried to strip the finish off of this single door, and left it in the garage because the stripping agent smelled very chemically, oops!

On day 16, the final kitchen cabinet door was FINALLY installed.

FINALLY we can check this project off our list – kitchen cabinets are complete!

Here is how they looked before with their big, chunky hardware. Now the room is so much brighter and modern. We ended up using 2 coats of Zinsser cover stain oil based primer and 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Enamel in Extra White. I love the results!

Here is the kitchen from the sun room. All of the cabinets to the left of the fridge will be our pantry, I can’t wait to have so much space!

Day 17 brought even more changes. The island got a thick plywood top so the final island counter would match the height of the existing counter tops.

The island counter was going to be installed soon, so we wanted it to be all ready to go.

The craft room trim got a fresh coat of enamel, finishing off the trim completely.

We didn’t bother to tape off the walls from the trim, because they would be painted anyway after the trim was done.

On day 18, the main floor windows got taped off and primed. This took basically all day. Windows have so many faucets to them, it’s hard to paint fast when you can only use a brush. The baseboards for this floor, which we removed long ago and already primed, also got their final coat of enamel.

On day 19, once the enamel was dry in the craft room, the tape was removed from the glass and here are the results. I’m happy with how bright and new the window now looks.

We also put the door back on the closet. This was the door we “updated” with trim pieces and painted to look like a more expensive door, rather than the flat, cheap core door it was. I think it turned out well.

I missed taking photos of the walls being painted, but they were done this day. After they were dry, the closet shelves were reinstalled.

These shelves also got a light sanding and coat of enamel because you could see the wood through the thin layer of paint that was previously on them. They were already here when we bought the house, they just needed a little love.

This room is now completely painted! Here is a before and after, what a difference.

We used Sherwin Williams Extra White for the trim, and Agreeable Grey for the walls. The grey is a light, warm grey that looks modern with the white trim.

Remember the old kitchen island? It got a makeover as well, and now will be used as storage in the craft room. Once we move here, the sewing table I have now, which is basically butcher block on top of spindle legs, will be refashioned on top of this base cabinet.

The most exciting part of this day, however, had to be the brand new island counted getting installed.

We went with a quartz counter from Cambria in a design called “Britannica”. Quartz never needs sealing or polishing, and this design added interest and elegance to our kitchen. It ties in perfectly with the white cabinets and the (eventually) painted grey walls.

I love the flowing veins of warm and dark grey and the movement they create.

Here is our kitchen before and after.

The last project we finished was the interior doors on the main level. They were an off-white with yellow undertones and looked a bit off with newly painted pure white trim, so they got a coat of fresh white enamel as well.

This included the back door as well as the garage door.

Here is the garage door before and after with fresh paint. It’s a subtle difference, but I think it was worth it. Little details add up in the big picture.

All in all, it was a good run of a few more days of work. Now, I will not be traveling until after baby arrives, so it may be awhile before I post more updates on our house, but Brian might plan a few weekends in between now and then to squeeze some more projects in.

Some final notes:

-We decided to leave the stair banister for now instead of priming and painting it. Eventually we’d like to replace it with a more modern metal and wire rail, and painting it, with all it’s spindles, will take a lot of time that we don’t have right now.

-The crib got completely painted at some point this weekend, but some crucial hardware was missing, so it isn’t assembled yet. I will have a post on the crib later when it is finished.

-For upstairs, we are going to go with curtains to replace the dated and chunky window fixtures. We’d like to go with custom blinds that you can move up and down without cords, but we can’t afford those right now. Since our windows are pretty standard size, pre-made curtains will work fine.

-We have been seeing some ants inside and have placed ant bait around so hopefully that solves the problem. Hopefully these ants are getting in just from having the windows open with no screens.

Thank you for following along! Until next time…

Changing Table and Dresser Makeover for Our Gender Neutral Nursery

Welcome back to our home renovation story. One of the projects we have been working on is updating a changing table and dresser set for the nursery, and both are now complete! I can’t wait to show you how they turned out.

Here is what the changing table originally looked like. The top folded forward on hinges to make it more like a table top, but it blocked the drawers and would need to be folded up after every use. I figured instead of having to fold the top down and up every time baby needs changing, we should just remove the top but save it for later, just in case.

The dresser had the same hardware as the changing table, but one of the knobs was missing.

Supplies We Used:

  1. Screwdriver – remove hardware
  2. Wood filler and putty knife – change the hardware location/size/type
  3. Sandpaper/sanding block – if you use wood filler
  4. Drill – to make new holes if you use wood filler
  5. Plastic gloves
  6. Primer – we used Zinsser Cover Stain Oil Based Primer
  7. Finishing paint – we used Sherwin Williams ProClassic
  8. Paint tray
  9. Painter’s tape – if needed
  10. Press’n Seal for easy paint tray cleanup
  11. Small paint brush
  12. Small roller
  13. New hardware – optional

 

Start by removing drawers and existing hardware. Then make sure you wipe clean all surfaces that will be painted. This set was just dusty, so a wet rag did the job. I went the extra mile for the changing table and taped off a section of the front that sticks out, but it wasn’t really necessary since you’ll never see if the line is clean or not unless you remove the drawer. You could also tape off the backs of each drawer if you’d like a super clean line, but again, not necessary.

Next, prime everything. We did 2 coats to make the pieces solid white so the final color will be even. We used a small brush for all the corners and places a roller wouldn’t reach, then rolled the rest. The great thing about Zinsser Cover Stain Oil Based Primer is that no sanding is needed, you can re-coat in just an hour, and when it dries, the finish is matte and ready to accept any kind of finishing paint.

We decided on replacing the drawer pulls with knobs, so for the drawers that had pulls, wood filler was used to cover the existing holes.

Make sure the wood filler is paintable, and follow the directions on it for time needed to wait before you can paint it. You could use wood filler before priming, but using it after primer worked fine. Once it’s dry, sand it to blend it into the surrounding surface.

Since we are waiting to find out if we are having a boy or girl, we are designing the nursery with a neutral color scheme. We picked Sherwin Williams HGTV Geyser Steam in Pro Classic, which is a light, dusty-sage colored enamel.

Just like the primer, start with a small brush on any areas a roller won’t reach.

Then finish it off with a roller.

Here is the dresser after the first coat of enamel. We ended up doing 2 coats because the first coat wasn’t perfect.

The top drawer was the most difficult to paint. Most of it needed a brush, but we rolled all the flat surfaces to eliminate brush strokes. The other drawers just needed the roller.

Here is the second coat going on. Generally, paint dries slightly darker, so when you paint the second coat, you can easily see where you still need to paint.

After the finishing paint dried, we added new hardware, which ended up being all knobs. Since we filled most of the old holes with wood filler, we needed new holes, so we drilled a hole right in the middle of where each drawer pull use to be.

Are you ready for the final reveal???

I’m really happy with how these pieces turned out. They look like brand new furniture and the finish is smooth with minimal wood grain showing. I can’t wait to put them in the nursery and fill them with baby things! What do you think of the transformation?