DIY Nappy Purse

A friend of mine is having a baby and I have been racking my brain for a gift for weeks. When I had my own baby I wrote up a list of things I wanted to make for him and so I consulted this list and decided on a nappy wallet. I made myself one first to practice but I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

(Bare with me I am posting from my phone and I type much faster than the phone likes)

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So here is how I did it:

Firstly I brought quilting squares that match each other I chose a yellow fabric with nuts and bolts for the outer side and a lined fabric for the inner.

Placing the fabrics face down I drew a large rectangle using my wipes purse and nappies as a guide (leaving a half an inch border) I cut out the two pieces of fabric placing one on top of the other to make sure they lined up.

The longer side of the rectangle should measure around 20″and the shorter side 12″ (not including the half an inch border) .

Place the two pieces of fabric together and lay flat. Fold the fabric in on both sides to create pockets and mark out these folds.

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In the centre of one end of the fabric (while folded) mark out and make a small cut on the fabric you intend to be on the outside of the wallet. The cut should be small enough to just fit the ends of a thin piece of ribbon.

My ribbon was about 6″, once i thread the ends into the small cut I used a yellow cotton to hand so the hole closed and to hold the ribbon in place.

For the next step I would suggest folding the fabric in half (with the previous folds in tact) you will need to measure how far the ribbon will reach on the opposite side of the outside of the wallet and mark a dot to indicate were to attach your button. (Keep in mind you should account for a full wallet and therefore position the button with extra length of the ribbon remaining).

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Now that you have attached the ribbon and button to the outer fabric turn the two fabrics inside out place them together and sew around the edges- leave a gap on the end of one of the longer sides so you can turn the fabric in the correct way.

Turn the fabric in the correct way and lay flat. Then fold the fabric to make the pockets again. Sew each outer edge to bind the pockets.

Now you can place your wipes and nappies in the pockets and use 🙂

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NOTE: Instead of sewing the pockets in you could consider leaving the fabric flat and wrapping your nappies and wipes in the fabric instead this means the fabric could double as a change mat.

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Changing mat cover – DIY

 

An easy to follow guide to making your own changing mat cover.

IMG_1569I had so many intentions and projects in line for the nursery before mr 5 months was born, admittedly most are just being completed now, this changing mat cover being one of them. This was my first sewing project and I have to say I am happy with the end result.

I referred back to my change mat a lot and often used pins to attach the fabric to the change mat to ensure it would fit and was being sewed correctly.

 

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This is the process:

  1. Firstly wash and iron your chosen fabric – it is better to do this before you begin cutting the pieces to size.
  2. Cut your fabric into a rectangle that is approximately (46″ x 39″) this is the main body of the change mat cover.
  3. You will also need to cut pieces for the ends of your change mat cover- to do this I stood my change mat up and traced the ends of the change mat onto baking paper and added a 2 cm margin for error, cut out your pattern from the baking paper and trace it onto the fabric (you could pin the pattern to the fabric if you prefer) and cut out your ends (you will need two ends). You should now have 3 pieces of fabric:Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 5.17.27 pm
  4. Hem the both of the (39″) edges
  5. Lay out the large piece of fabric (inside out) and place your change mat top down in the centre fold the two hemmed sides over to meet in the centre at the back of the change mat. Pin your fabric in place as a guide for the next step. IMG_1451
  6. Pin the straight ends of the pieces you cut out for the ends of the mat onto the edge of what will be the back side of the mat and sew together. (Ensure that when you pin and sew the pieces together you overlap the hemmed fabric the same on both sides) Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 5.34.31 pm
  7. With your fabric still inside out refer back to the change mat and pin the remaining sides of the pieces of fabric together to fit your change mat (I found this side as it is not straight to be the most difficult part) once you have pinned the fabric in place and are happy, sew in line with what you have pinned. Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 5.36.35 pm
  8. clean up the lose strands of thread.
  9. Turn fabric out the right way and fit to your change mat!

 

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