Ok, so you all know my love for vinyl tablecloths lately, right? Well, here is yet another idea for all those fun tablecloths you are finding out there this summer...a changing mat for your little babe! So nice cause you can just wipe them clean if they get any yuck on them...and we all know they get some yuck on them! :)
And, since I have no clue if we are having a boy or a girl I have to use some of my baby crafting and sewing energy on my friends who are having/just had babies. Don't you love this blue and orange fish design!?!
The little mat, all folded up nice and pretty!
So, what do ya think? Interested in making one? They are really easy...you need very little to put one of these puppies together! Alright, it's time to get to it!
Vinyl Tablecloth Changing Pad
1 vinyl tablecloth (any size)
piece of felt (I cut mine to 14 x 22 inches!)
rotary cutter and mat
1 package extra wide double fold bias tape in coordinating color
2 pieces of 12 inch long 7/8 inch ribbon in coordinating color
Ok, first cut 2 pieces of your tablecloth and 1 piece of felt to the dimensions you like, I cut all three of mine to measure 14 inches x 22 inches.
Then, place all three layers of material together so that you have a felt sandwich (vinyl tablecloth pieces on the outside) making sure the right sides of your tablecloth are facing out!
Go and find a bowl...or a CD...and place it at one corner of your stacked material. Cut around the bowl to make a nice curved edge.
Then, what I did was just fold the 3 layers in half and used the first corner I cut as a template for the other corners...comprendo? You could easily just use the bowl on all 4 corners but I wanted to make sure my corners were all the same cause I never seem to put the bowl in the same place every time!
Ok, here is a peek at the felt sandwich...vinyl tablecloth, felt and vinyl tablecloth...with the right sides of the vinyl tablecloth facing out!
Next, take your bias tape and open it up so that you are placing the felt sandwich into the crease in the middle of your bias tape. Then, just sew your bias tape around the edges of your 3 layers of material. Make sure to sew nice and slowly so you are catching both sides of your bias tape!!
Then, at one of the short (14 inch) sides of your changing mat you will tuck in the two pieces of ribbon in between the bias tape and the vinyl tablecloth (do one ribbon per side and sew at the same time) placing it about 3 inches from the long (22 inch) edge. You can't see it here but the other piece of ribbon is directly underneath the ribbon you see in the picture...but on the other side in between the bias tape and the other vinyl tablecloth.
Ok, can you see here how I put a piece of ribbon on each side of the changing mat? And, do you see how it is on the short edge about 3 inches in from the long edge? This way you can fold the mat in half along the short edge and then in fourths lengthwise before you tie it up. Let me know if this is confusing, I'm feeling a bit wordy today.
Well, that is it folks...once you finish sewing your bias tape around the edge you can fold it up and tie it in a bow, like so...
unfold this baby...
Now, tell me, who has an adorable baby's bum to wipe?
In style, that is!