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#1 of 10 Old 09-03-2004, 08:52 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I know this should be simple but I am a very 'stick to a pattern' style girl and very new to sewing.
Can anyone give me a quick walk-thru for making one, or even a link to a website on how to make one?
I feel so silly for asking,. . .
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i hardly ever use patterns LOLOL!! and i really hate that all the stupid ready made covers aren't contoured! that just irks me. LOL

so take a look at the short end. you need that curve... so stand the changing pad up on the short end and trace the curve. that will give you the basic shape you need. add 1/4" to the curved side and the short sides for a seam allowance. add at least 3" to the strait long end so it will tuck under the pad. you'll need to cut 2 of these from your fabric.

now you'll need a piece of fabric to cover the top and both long sides. i'd do one piece of fabric. this will be a rectangle shape. lay the pad on the table as if it was on the changing table. measure across the pad from left to right (curved end to curved end) and add 1/2" seam allowance (1/4" for each side). now you're going to take a 3-side measurement: from the back side starting from table, measure up the back side, across the top (follow the curve as closely as possible), and to the table down the front side. add at least 3" to this measurement so it will tuck under the pad. you only need 1 of these from your fabric.

cut your fabric pieces (you should have 3: 2 curved ends and one big rectangle). right sides together, sew the curved ends to the rectangle. then add elastic to the raw edge so it will tuck under the pad.

if you have trouble with the measurements, let me know and when i get home, i'll measure my pad for you. i think they're all standard, aren't they?
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I just lay a towel on mine.

But those are EXCELLENT instructions for making a cover
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I just lay a large piece of polar fleece on mine, as it gets dirty so fast, then I just toss in washer and use my alternative piece...

...but DANG WOMAN! Those are EXCELLENT directions on how to make one...almost makes me want to do it!
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We slipped the pad inside a king-sized pillowcase-

but sewing one would probably be much prettier!
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Oh yes, thank you thank you.

I am in in for the pretty factor, all the way.

Thanks so much AinNJ, if I do an okay job I will post pics!
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aw shucks, thanks guys. i thought of selling changing pad covers *that fit* because there aren't any covers that lay FLAT and that just bugs me. LOL! ok, so i'm a little obsessive/compulsive, what can i say!?
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Thanks again so much AinNJ!
Here it is in waiting for some action LOL, in the laundry room changing/diaper station.
I think it turned out well, your directions were perfect. The stripes are not lined up perfect but I still like it
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I can't wait to go to the fabric store tomorrow and get more soft squishy fabric. These will be so nice to make for gifts, even for my non cloth diapering buds!
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Wow, that looks great! Good job!
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Bumpin' this puppy up b/c AinNJ's instructions *rock*... I was able to make this in about an hour today, start to finish. YAY!

http://www.treglio.com/sling/changingpad1.jpg
http://www.treglio.com/sling/changingpad2.jpg


Someone had asked me if I could make one and... now I can!

mama to Joey (1/04) and Teddy (4/08) :
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