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A Simple Diaper Changing Pad

A Simple Changing Pad

July 9, 2012

If your babe is anything like mine, diaper changing is a real good time. Landon is one of those kiddos who is always on the go, and he does not like to stop for anything. Those 2.2 minutes where he is forced to be pampered, loved, and made dry once again seem to be a forever battle of wits, patience, and a good set of legs to catch the little bugger.

There is nothing like hearing his laughter as I make my attempt to catch him, and quite the scene (no matter where we seem to be), once I do.

Before Landon came along, I prepared for his arrival with a few simple handmade goodies. Booties, hats, and diaper changing pads sat waiting for him in those last few weeks of pregnancy. The diaper changing pads were a first for me, and I have to say a real blessing. Simple, easy to wash, and light weight to carry has made them a staple in every bag that I take.

As time has gone on, I have made one simple change to the original pad: the addition of pockets. I am one of those mamas who is always in serious need of extra organization, and I try to carry as little as possible with me when we go out. The pad can hold wipes, 2-3 diapers, and a small tube of calendula cream. It folds up into a small square and fits easily into my purse or diaper bag, the bottom of the umbrella stroller, and even the day pack of my Ergo.

Diaper Changing Pad with Pockets


Back fabric (fat quarter)
Front Fabric (fat quarter)
Pocket Fabric (1/3 fat quarter)
Twill tape, ribbon, or bias tape
Batting of your choice (I use either fleece or an all natural cotton batting. The cotton batting gives a very fluffy feel, while the fleece provides a thinner and perhaps easier to fold batting.)

Begin my cutting your front, back and batting into 17 x 22″ pieces. Cut your pocket into an 8 x 22″ piece.

Turn the top, long side of your pocket down by 1/4″, then again by 1/4″ and press. Top stitch all the way across

Pin your pocket to the right side of your front fabric, lining up the bottom edge of the pocket with the bottom edge of the front fabric. Find the center most point of the pocket, and place a pin above as your starting mark. using an air erase fabric marker, draw a line from at the center point from top to bottom to create two pockets, and stitch.

Measure your ties (ribbon, bias or twill tape) into two 8″ long strips. Sandwich your fabrics together by placing the front fabric (with pocket) right side up and the back fabric right side down. Place your ties into the center of the left half of your fabric, between the front and back pieces. Place your bunting on top, and then pin all three layers together. Beginning half way down one side, using a 1/2″ seam, sew around your pad, leaving a 3″ wide opening to turn. Cut your corners, and turn right side out.

You can choose to either sew your opening closed with an invisible seam, or top stitch around the entire pad (this is my preferred method)

Fill your pad with your wipes and diapers.

Fold in half lengthwise from right to left (the ties should be on the bottom half)

Fold the bottom upwards about 3/4 of the length. Take the ties and wrap them around the back of the pad and tie.

Put the pads into your car, stroller, purse or anywhere that you might need them. They also make great baby shower gifts. Wash in warm or cold water and dry on low or out in the sunshine.

While having a little one is always a joy, keeping the house smelling clean and free of bacteria can sometimes be a challenge with all the diaper changing. A few times a week we simmer a pot of lemon, dried peppermint and sweet orange essential oil to keep everything smelling fresh and clean. This is a blend we used long before we had children, but that works wonders on a daily basis now that we do.

To keep our counters clean and fresh, and free of germs and bacteria, we use a combination of distilled water, thyme essential oil and tea tree essential oil daily. This is a must in all of our rooms during the germ filled winter months, but we discovered it can be a powerful cleaner for every day use year round as well.

A little fabric and a few simple ingredients and diaper changing can be transformed into a bit more pleasant of a task.

Diaper Changing Pad with Pockets PDF

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Mama Ash Grove July 9, 2012 at 6:34 am

Oh I’d like to try that cleaner! I’ll bet it smells divine. 🙂
I love the changing pad- the fabrics you used are right up my alley. Cute little one getting changed- my littlest is turning two soon, and he is the same way.


Heather July 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

That is so funny! I think that the toddlers just hate those diaper changes :).


Sherene July 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

Ah, that was so refreshing! Not having a working computer, I miss my own blog but I miss everyone else blog more. Thanks for reminding me I wanted to whip up a changing pad for our new little man.


Heather July 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

Leaving the blog behind while you enjoy your new little one is so worth it!


melanie jennifer July 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

How perfect! Thank you for sharing this post. I’ve been looking for more natural ways to both clean surfaces and keep our apartment smelling nicely. I’m going to try this right away!


Heather July 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

I have been enjoying using herbal cleaners for the past few years, and I honestly do believe that they work very well. A friend of mine had come over after a serious bout with pneumonia that I couldn’t shake. She wore a mask, washed my sheets in tea tree oil, sprayed down my counter with peppermint, and sprayed thyme oil all over the house. It smelled amazing worked wonders, and made me a true believer :).


Nina - Tabiboo July 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm

He sounds like such a cheeky little fellow.

Mine have all grown out of nappies, but that would make an excellent gift for any expectant parent.

Nina x


Heather July 10, 2012 at 10:37 am

I love having a few of these at the ready for gifts. As a new mom, a quick and easy changing pad to wash was awesome. They are also so quick to sew up that you can make a few in a day or in a pinch.


Meryl July 10, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Yes, laying still for a diaper change is not popular at our house either. A few friends made pads similar to these for me before Knox was born, and I love having several around!


jess July 11, 2012 at 6:05 am

Thanks for the recipes! I love the idea of that simmer, and the cleanser sounds great too.


Sunshine Mama July 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I will be trying your cleaner, I bet it smells amazing, as well as works good! And if I still had little ones, I’d make your change pad. So much more practical than the ones found in stores 🙂


NinnyNoodleNoo July 12, 2012 at 5:42 am

Essential oils are so wonderful for cleaning and they make the house smell fabulous too!

A changing mat with pockets is a great idea and pretty too (I rarely see anything that really grabs my attention in shops and have to admit to just using a towel here – I do need to get a changing mat sorted for when I manage to get out and about a bit more again).

I recognise the howl of frustration in the first picture, I don’t remember any of mine liking diaper changes.


Esme July 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I love your blog and have been a reader for a few years now. I was wondering if you could post your disinfectant spray recipe for us??? I really want to make one, but when I google it, so many different amounts show up…and I would love to know what is tried and true with you!
Thank you so much for all your sharing.


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