I was inspired by this post from Jordana Paige to make a changing pad that could easily slip into the diaper bag and go anywhere. I used one of these types of reusable bags earlier to make a bib and I loved working with the material.
So off to the Dollar Tree I went to pick up this bag. It is neutral in color so it would work for any baby and it is mostly brown, so messy won’t look so messy. 🙂
I literally made this for $1
All the other materials I needed I had around the house.
First I used a stitch ripper to take the binding off of the edges of the bag. I also removed the handles and top binding.
Here are all the materials you will need:
reusable shopping bag (the kind that are plastic on one side of the material and soft on the other)
1/4 yd fabric (I used remnant from the sheet that I had for an earlier project)
hair elastic (or elastic from the craft store)
After laying the largest part of the bag flat, I sewed one of the side panels of the bag to the bottom edge of the changing pad.
I used a zig zag stitch here.
Next I put the fabric and largest piece of the baby wrong sides together and pinned the thin binding from the bag on the long edges, sewing with a straight stitch.
When I got to the bottom where the side panel piece was I folded over the extra to make the edging.
I used a straight stitch that was double strength ( setting on my machine)
A regular straight stitch or zig zag stitch will work fine as well.
Using the thicker binding from the top of the bag, I made the edges for the top and bottom of the changing pad.
Cutting them to the right length and folding the edges over for a refined look.
I also tied a large hair elastic and slid it through a hole that I had made in the center of one of the edges.
Next I pinned and sewed the edges to the top and bottom of the changing pad.
(the one with the elastic goes on the top)
I reenforced the elastic loop with a few stitches.
Here is the almost finished product
Taking the bottom part and folding up so that the brown panel is on the inside now, I sewed zig zag stitch on either side to create a pocket.
Using the pocket as a guide, I folded up the changing pad.
Adding a button where it would hold the folded pad closed.
THERE YOU HAVE IT!
Pocket for diapers and wipes
big enough, yet folds to a convenient travel size
Fits in the diaper bag that I made
it fits length-ways or up and down
I can’t wait to hear how it came out for you!