One of my cousins had a baby a few months ago and another is expecting any day (her due date is next Monday!). Anyway, I was trying to figure out something I could get them for Christmas when trusty allfreesewing came to the rescue. I decided to look up sewing patterns for babies that didn’t look/sound too hard, but that also wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg to complete. And lo and behold, I found the Changing Pad & Diaper Pouch tutorial from craftbuds.com!
The fabric patterns chosen for the tutorial were absolutely adorable, but I never would have thought to use them together (as you can tell in the pictures, I’m fairly new to this with the plain solid color choices). Anyway, I printed out the instructions and went to JoAnn’s to get all the supplies I needed.
Because I used regular cotton fabric for the pouches and not the home decor weight fabric, I added Heat n’ Bond and doubled up the cotton fabric to give it more stability. I’m very pleased with the outcome (even though it’s not perfect and I’m a stickler for details). It was a bit tough to stitch in the thicker parts of the material, but I made it work!
I found two packs of the PUL material with really cute patterns which I used for the changing pads. Home decor weight fabric and PUL were used to created the changing pad in the tutorial, but I put PUL on both sides so either side can be used. The bias tape on the changing pads was kind of tough. The tutorial says to use 1/2″ bias tape, which I bought. But the green bias tape was harder to work with because it was single fold, so I ironed it out straight and then just folded it in half over the material. The pink bias tape was double fold, so it was a bit easier to work with. If I make this again in the future, I will definitely make sure to use double fold.
It took me a total of about 9 hours over a few days to complete both. If I do this again, I think I’ll go for the home dec weight fabric because adding the Heat ‘n Bond and the extra layers of fabric was definitely time-consuming!
I think this is a practical but cute gift, don’t you? I mean, who wants to lug a whole diaper bag to the restroom when she’s at a restaurant? Just grab this little pouch and you have everything you need!
I gave these to my cousins yesterday and they loved them, so mission accomplished!
I think I’ll start making a list of what to make for people for next Christmas and work on them throughout the year… does anyone else make homemade gifts? What do you suggest?