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How to Make a Flannel Changing Pad

how to make a flannel diaper changing pad

Remember the oversized receiving blanket that we made last week?

You can make a diaper changing pad in exactly the same way.

How to Make a Flannel Changing Pad


  • Two yards of baby flannel (or whatever fabric you like, really)
  • One yard of vinyl backed flannel or other waterproof fabric
  • Coordinating thread


  1. The preparation for a changing pad is easier than the blanket. Wash and dry the fabric. Iron if necessary to remove any big wrinkles. (Pay attention to the ironing instructions on the vinyl backed flannel. Sometimes it can't be ironed.)
  2. Place the plain flannel right side up on a smooth, flat surface. Lay the second layer of flannel in the middle, and the plastic or vinyl on top. (It might not seem like it makes sense, but trust me. This is how you have to do it.
  3. Pin the layers together the whole way around. In the sake of full disclosure, I'll admit that I always skip this step. I shouldn't skip it, but I always do.
    how to make flannel changing pad
  4. When you begin to sew, do not start at a corner! It seems like a corner would be a good place to start, but you're going to have to turn the whole changing pad right-side out later and an unsewn corner will fall apart and give you a big headache. Begin sewing in the middle of one side. Using a straight stitch and  a 1/4” seam allowance, sew to the first corner. Without cutting the thread, turn and sew the second side, then the third. Stop, turn, and sew some of the fourth side. Leave a hole in the fourth side that is large enough to put your fist through.
  5. Turn the changing pad right sides out. Use your finger or the blunt end of a pen to poke the corners out into points. Smooth the edges out with your fingers. Press the edges so that they're nice and smooth.
  6. Locate the hole where you turned the pad. Pin this so that the edges stay tucked inside while you're sewing. Sew around the edge of the changing pad a second time. Do not start on side one this time, as that will weaken the seam on that side. As long as you start on side two, three, or four, it won't matter whether you start in the middle of the side or on the corner.
    how to make flannel changing pad topstitching
  7. Start sewing, using a straight stitch and a very small seam allowance, 1/8” if you can. Like before, don't cut the thread until you've gone the whole way around. You will want to back stitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

Voila! You have a nearly instant changing pad.  I use these all over my house.

Of course, they make change the baby's diaper easier since I don't have to go upstairs to the nursery ten times a day.

We also used them in the crib. We would lay the baby on top of the pad during naps and at night to hasten the cleaning process in case of a drowsy spit up or diaper explosion.

Wouldn't a receiving blanket and a matching changing pad make a wonderful baby shower gift? You could tuck them into a pretty basket with some diapers, wipes, and a tube of Aquaphor.


Psst – Are you wondering where these crazy, unrelated sewing for baby posts came from?  I found them in a folder full of old draft posts, and I thought they were good. The blankets I made for myself were my favorite favorites. I figured the tutorials would help somebody (even though I'm not going to need baby blankets any time soon – or ever again, some of you will). So I published them.

© 2014 – 2018, Tara Ziegmont. All rights reserved.

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