Diaper Changing Pad for Dad

When I finished the denim Farm Fresh baby quilt last week I decided to make a Portable Diaper Changing Pad for Dad as well.

Diaper Changing Mat

Diaper Changing Mat

I followed this pattern from So Sew Easy but made changes to the flap and fastening. Because this is a baby gift for dad, I thought a more angular would be more masculine.  The button hole came about because I forgot to sew in the elastic hair tie after redoing the binding.

Clutch Style Option #2

Clutch Style Option #2

The changing pad was made using denim scraps from the baby quilt, some soccer scraps  gifted to me, and two fat eighths from my stash.

The flame and black denim print fabric were in a random bundle I purchases from Tuesday Morning several year ago.  Not being my particular style, I was unsure of what I could use them for.  Then lightbulb a moment occurred: I realized they would be perfect to incorporate into a masculine diaper changing pad for dad.

Fat eighths for pockets and binding

Fat eighths for pockets and binding

Still following the “using what ya got” and “make it work” mantra I’ve been repeating, I used an old vinyl shower curtain to make a wipeable surface for the inside of the changing mat.  However; when I washed it and dried it in the dryer (expecting issues yet still wanting to test durability) the vinyl melted a bit.

Melted lining

Melted lining

It was a blessing in disguise as I was not thrilled with how the binding was attached on the wide corners, nor the fact that the white vinyl covered up the reverse of the quilting inside.

Out came the seam ripper.  I then attached a clear plastic repurposed off of a pillow sleeve (the ones pillows are sold in at the store).  I save all of those plastic cases linens come in from the store to use for storage (a habit from my mom).  New plastic on and you can now see the reverse side of the quilting!

Reverse quilting

Reverse quilting

Jaybird Quilts has a nice little tutorial on how to handle those awkward angles when it comes to binding.  And while I was close originally, it came out much nicer the second time around.

Binding reattached

Binding reattached

Binding side view

Binding side view

All that is left is to get a few diapers and wipes before gifting these to the parents-to-be.

Inside

Inside

Outside

Outside

I hope mom, dad, and baby Maximiliano enjoy!

Linking up to:
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14 thoughts on “Diaper Changing Pad for Dad

    • That’s awesome Jenn! One thing I will personally change for the future is the vinyl material used to line the inside. While the clear plastic is neat because it allows the backside of the quilting to show through, I have some concerns about the durability.

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  1. Johanna says:

    How nice to make a Dad friendly item. It will be appreciated. I always made my husband carry the pink diaper bag (I thought it was funny, I had to entertain myself somehow). Of course, he didn’t care and is colorblind. He probably thought it was tan!

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    • Gave it to dad last week and he loved it! Especially the Soccer ball “M” on the outside. Not sure what color the diaper bag is but I’m sure he will be toting it around either way.

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