To make this project, we’ll start with Block 5 from Fairfield’s Technique block of the Month. You can use any other block you like, but block 5 has a pocket, making it extra handy when making this project.
To make your own changing pad, you’ll need your completed quilt block, 36″ of ribbon, and 3/4 yard of fabric. Cut your fabric:
1 piece: 2″ x 15.5″
2 pieces: 2″ x 12.5″
1 piece: 15.5″ x 11″
1 piece: 15.5″ x 24.5″
From Shield lining: 1 piece: 15.5″ x 24.5″
Lay out your border pieces around the block. Stitch the border pieces on either side.
Fold the 36″ of ribbon in half, then pin in place at the top. Stitch the top border in place.
Stitch on the bottom.
Tuck the ribbon into the zippered pocket to keep it out of the way.
Layer your pieces: Shield lining, quilt bock piece (right side up), backing (right side down).
Pin along all 4 sides, leaving a 6″ gap along the top.
Stitch along all 4 sides, with the exception of the 6″ gap. Stitch with the shield facing up, using a walking foot. The walking foot will make it easy to glide over the Shield – without it, the smooth side will stick to your presser foot. If you don’t have a walking foot, a Teflon coated foot works well. If you don’t have that either, use a piece of washi tape on the bottom of the presser foot to help it glide smoothly.
Clip the corners to reduce the bulk.
Turn right side out through the gap in the seam.
Press. Top stitch 1/8″ from the edge all the way around, closing the gap in the seam, and giving the changing pad a finished look.
Size 1-2 diapers will fit in the pocket, and you can wrap the changing pad around a package of wipes.