If your house is anything like ours, after each child we seem to have a plethora of receiving blankets stuffed in drawers and closets. We love them for the itty-bitty stage when you can lay baby on a blanket on the floor and the baby actually stays ON the blanket. They’re easy to wash if baby spits up and will help preserve more cherished blankets. But as baby grows and becomes mobile, those same blankets that were so well used at one point sit untouched. I hate tossing anything that is still functional, (especially when it’s good usable fabric!) but in a crowded house I need all the space I can get.
So instead, I came up with a great way to re-purpose them into something functional!
1. Gather the receiving blankets you want to use. I’ve found there are two sizes — the small ones aren’t big enough to cover one side of my changing pad so I have to use the larger ones. I think the large ones are about 40″ x 30″. You can use either the flannel or the cotton and if you’re lucky you’ll have 2 of the same pattern so both sides match. If your receiving blankets aren’t big enough to cover one side of your changing pad you can always sew them together in a patchwork sort of fashion to get fabric pieces large enough.
2. Measure the changing pad. You’ll need all three dimensions — length, width and height. If you have a contoured changing pad (where the sides are higher than the center) make sure to measure at the highest point.
3. Calculate the size of the fabric pieces to cut. Since my fabric wasn’t big enough to cut a single piece, I had to cut 2 (one for each side) and sew them together. To determine the width of the fabric add the width and the height together, adding an extra 1″ for seam allowance.
To determine the length of the fabric add the length and the height together, adding an extra 1″ for the seam allowance.
The 4th photo shows how to calculate the dimensions for a single piece. If you have a contoured changing pad, add an extra 1″ or so to the width to account for the uneven surface.
4. Cut your fabric piece(s).
5. Right sides of fabric facing, sew along 3 of the sides. When you’re finished it will look like a pillowcase. I used my serger to keep the raw edges from fraying. If you don’t have a serger you can use a zigzag stitch instead.
6. Sew along the the open edge to keep it from fraying.
7. Fold the edge down 1/2″ toward the wrong side of the fabric and iron.
8. Reach inside, grab the bottom seam and pull, turning right side out.
9. Topstitch 1/4″ from the edge of the opening. This will sew that edge down that you folded under. If you don’t want to finish the edge you could just fold the raw edge under twice and then topstitch instead.
10. Slip the finished cover over your changing pad.
11. (Optional) Add Velcro, snaps or buttons to close the opening. I left it just the way it was for quicker removal in messy situations.
AND YOU’RE DONE!
This project has been approved and endorsed by the small one in the Stitch To Stitch household. If you’re not taking photos to write a tutorial, you should be able to complete this project in under 30 minutes. Easily. Maybe even 15 if you’re not distracted by small children, your cell phone or Facebook.