DIY Stripes + Changing Pad Cover

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

You know when you can’t find the right fabric you’re looking for?
Or the right “whatever” you need from the store?
And so you just make it?

YES. YES!  I’m glad we’re on the same page.
I mean, that’s one of the main reasons I got back into sewing as an adult, and mom.
And when I couldn’t find the right towel fabric for this baby gift, I did what you would have done….DIYed the stripes out of that thing.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

Probably my favorite DIY fabric project, is making S T R I P E S.
Easy. Cute. Cabana love forever.

– I’ve shown you how to make knit stripes here on Owen’s Goodnight Moon Jammies (can’t believe how long ago that was. WOW!)
– And there are tons of ideas in this DIY Fabric Prints post.
– And there’s that chevron pillow I made from stripes.

But today I’ll show you how to make giant stripes from two towels, and turn it into a changing pad cover your little babe (or to give away as a gift, which I love to do).

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

Okay.  Let’s get started.  If you prefer a live-action version of the project, check out the video HERE.  Or, just follow along…

• Grab two bath towels (I got these at Target for about $4 each).
You could also use a few different towels and make colorful stripes!  And you don’t have to use towels—you can buy terry cloth fabric (the fabric that a towel is made from) by the yard, at most fabric stores.

For a standard changing pad, you need a finished piece of fabric 30 x 46 inches.   So make sure you have towels that are at least 30 inches wide.

• Using a rotary cutter and mat, cut 4-inch wide strips from both towels (or whatever width you’d like).

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

•  Piece the strips together like you’re making a giant terry cloth quilt.  If there’s a “right side” to your towel, make sure you sew the strips together with right sides together.  So, grab one pink and one white strip, lay them on top of each other, sew down one side using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Then open them up, and sew another pink strip to the white one (which was already sewn in place), etc.
NOTE 1:  Terry cloth is a very messy fabric.  Resist the urge to clean up your work space till you’re done!…because those pesky bits of cloth will just continue to fall from the cut edge.
NOTE 2: If you would like to minimize the “fraying” edge, sew your pieces together with a zigzag stitch.  OR you can use a serger. A serger is not necessary of course.  But this is what I did here, because it really seals off the edge.  And I thought it would be fun to show you another option since my Changing Pad Cover video uses a standard sewing machine.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

• When you’re done sewing enough strips together, trim the large piece of fabric down to 30 x 46 inches.
Your fabric might look a bit wonky and uneven.  This is normal since terry cloth has a tendency to stretch and move a bit as you sew.  Just trim it down as best as you can.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

• Cut away a 7 x7 inch square from each corner.  If you’ve made a crib sheet before, this is the exact same concept!
An easy way to do this is to cut a 7″x 7″ square from cardstock (or paper) and use that as your template.  I keep this in the drawer with the rest of my patterns; then I’m always ready to make a changing pad cover as a baby gift!

• With right sides of the fabric together, bring the two cut edges (of one of the corners) together and sew them with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. You can sew this with a standard sewing machine or a serger.  If you need more info on this step, check out the video here.   Do this for all four corners of the fabric.  This is what makes the fabric “stand up” a bit, and creates the pockets that fold around the actual changing pad.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

Your changing pad cover should look this.
You can see how nice and boxy the ends look:

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

• Trim off any uneven areas (from sewing the corners together) and then sew a zigzag stitch, or serge, around the entire raw edge of the cover.  This step is optional.  But it helps minimize the terry cloth mess.

• Final step!  Attach the elastic.
You need about 2 yards of 1/2 inch wide (or 3/8 inch wide) elastic. 
I prefer KNIT elastic.
Using a zigzag stitch, start with a forward and backstitch to hold the elastic in place.  Then with the elastic facing the wrong side of the cover, sew it all the way around, about 1/8 inch away from the edge of the fabric.  As you sew, stretch the elastic as much as you can with your right hand.  This will make the fabric gather up.
For an extra visual look, watch the video here.

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

• When you get back around to the beginning of the elastic, cut the elastic, leaving about a 1-inch tail.  Overlap the tail of the elastic on the beginning of the elastic and sew it in place.  Annnnd…you’re done!

Grab your changing pad, and slide that cover on!

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

Perfectly striped for a colorful baby room.
Of course a happy garland is the cherry on top (along with these darling dolls from Candy Kirby Designs).

DIY Stripes on fabric + How to make a baby Changing Pad Cover on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard, plus a VIDEO version

This was part of a baby gift I gave to my cousin Adrian (who had TWIN GIRLS).
So stay tuned next week and I’ll show you the other items that went into the gift!
Oh I love sewing baby stuff.
Have a stripey day!

Video: How to Sew with Knit Ribbing

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Don’t you just love colorful piles of fabric??  They’re one of my favorite things to photograph.
And this pile of knit Ribbing?  I just want to reach out and stretch every fabric in the stack…and then show you how to sew with it of course.

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Ribbing is the fabric used to finish the opening on the Everyday Sweatshirt, the Basic Tee, Muscle Shirts! And many necklines on knit garments.
You might be thinking, “Huh? How’d they do that?”

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

…but soon you’ll be going, “Yay I get it! Happy dance!”

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

This is one of those things where pictures can help, but seeing it in action is so much better. So here you go!

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Just click the play button below and enjoy:

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Put those ribbing skills to good use! The Everyday Sweatshirt and the Flip Vest both have ribbing, and are good for layering year ’round.

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Fiesta Fun Fabric Tour

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard of Made Everyday for Art Gallery Fabrics

The process of fabric design is amazing. But this might be my favorite part—seeing what everyone creates with it!

Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

As I’m designing, I dream of many things the fabrics might become, but I can never predict the fun and creative ways they actually get used.
It’s always a surprise! In a very good way.

Like this beauty from the Instagram tag #fiestafunfabrics.
Ahhh!  LOVE it!  I never would have thought to use the Happy Streamers print that way.  What a cool dress! (by Crystal)

Happy Streamers Dress using Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

And to officially kick off the release of Fiesta Fun Fabrics, I asked some of my favorite sewing friends to make Fiesta Fun projects to share.   And here’s the first batch…..starting with THIS BASKET.

How to make a woven fabric Easter Basket using Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

Wow.  Mathew (aka Mister Domestic) really knocked it out of the park. I am in awe of the detailed work that went into this woven Easter basket. And it’s the perfect project to incorporate lots of prints.  If you’re new to his style, you must check out his instagram feed.  He does aahmazing things by weaving fabrics together.

woven fabric easter basket from Mister Domestic | Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

So stop what you’re doing, and check out his step-by-step tutorial tutorial now.

I’ll wait…

Aaaand….now you’re back.  If you haven’t started cutting strips to make your own fabric basket, I have another beauty to share.  Actually, two beauties!  Jessica (The Sewing Rabbit) made both a top for herself AND a dress for her daughter.

made by Jessica Abbott The Sewing Rabbit | Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

All of the details about her top and her daughter’s dress are in her post.  But also — this HAS to be the most fun photoshoot ever!  I love Jessica’s thoughts on being present with her kids and having fun with the photos.

Shirt and Dress made from Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard. Project by Jessica of the Sewing Rabbit

This is just the beginning – we’ll have projects from all of these talents coming within the next month or so:

Woodlandschool
Whipstitch
Simple Simon & Company
SewSophieLynn
Sewing In No Mans Land
AubreyPlays
Sewbon
My Sweet Sunshine Studio
Lily Shine Creates
Sew Caroline
Aesthetic Nest

Ahhh I can’t wait!
Keep sharing your photos in the Instagram tag #fiestafunfabrics, and we’ll share some of them in the “Show Your Stuff” section of the gallery page.   These dresses are FANTASTIC.  That Mexican Dress Midnight dress in the snow! (by Hannah Corey)
Mexican Dress Midnight dress by Hannah Corey using Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

And these Apron Dresses by Teal + Finch.  What a great way to combine prints—Citrus sunrise with Papel Picado Verde. YES.
Apron Dresses by Teal and Finch made from Fiesta Fun Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics
Have a great weekend friends!